August 18th 2012 6:35 pm
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Well, guess I freaked out the pawrents. The Mom said I've been "off" for about two weeks now. I usually run back and forth through the house while the Dad is fixing our food in the morning--I haven't been doing that. I always comes running whenever someone makes noise in the kitchen--I haven't been doing that either. I usually plow through my food and then I go looking for whatever Dixie hasn't finished--but Dixie has been finishing first lately.
I had my semi-annual physical on Thursday, and my urine and physical exam didn't show anything major. So, the Mom had the vet run bloodwork and it showed 2 of my liver enzymes are off, and my white blood cell count was off. Vet said it's possibly Cushing's.
I guess I'm going back next Thursday for the two tests that should help determine if it's the non-tumor form of Cushing's. If that form is ruled out by testing we'll probably go for an ultrasound to look for an adrenal tumor and evaluate options.
The Mom was concerned after reading up on Cushing's to find that giving dogs daily allergy meds can suppress the Adrenal system and lead to Cushing's. Because of our allergies (I still say I'm allergic to the stinkin' cat) we're on Benadryl year-round, 365. So, for the Mom's peace of mind, we're being weaned off Benadryl this week. If the allergy pills are causing the Cushing's, the adrenal gland should "wake up" and start producing. If this is the case, paws crossed, my liver should be back to normal within 4-6 months time with the daily Sam-e supplements.
I tell ya, if it's not one thing, it's another. Will let you know what happens next week.
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Weeeeeellllllllll, seeing as how Dixie's bloodwork came back with liver enzyme problems too, I'll update on D&B's joint page. http://www.dogster.com/dogs/1084910
D&B-Chicago Crew's BlackPearls
We're keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers, Burt...hoping it's nothing serious and can be managed!
Love to all~
Sully, Socks & Mom
Thinking of you Sweet Boy !!!
Oh Burt, sure hope your adrenal gland will "wake up" and start producing! Keeping all paws crossed that taking you off the allergy pills will solve the problem. Keeping you & your family in our prayers & hoping for good news next week!
Lots of Hugs,
Rain, KJ & Family
Burt, will have you in our thoughts & prayers hoping all goes well! Keep us posted.
Thinking of you sweetie!!