Coconut: Addison's disease?

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Coconut: Addison's disease?

by Melinda » Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:06 pm

Hi There, Our dear Coconut hasn't been feeling so great lately, seeming to age fairly quickly lately. Hard to see happen though she's still her same joyful big hearted goofy self in so many ways. The latest in a range of investigations seems to be pointing to Addison's disease. Kidney stress and electrolyte imbalance. That and lots of fatigue, sleeping, accidents inside, occasional loss of balance. Though she does still get out for walks (short ones please) and even runs some zoomies now and again. Tough to know where age and arthritis end and Addison's begins, she doesn't have the acute Addison's symptoms as yet. We are going for the test on Monday to confirm. Then start her on prednizone as soon as the test is done and the drugs for electrolyte imbalance if the Addison's test comes back positive. It seems like usually when Addison's occurs in older dogs there is an underlying malignancy. We have been concerned about a brain tumour as she has also started having seizures in the past few months, not many, but a concern. Hoping we get a way to find some medications to help her have the best quality of life for what she has left, and hoping there are still some good times ahead for her. Up until 6 months ago her blood work had been great and we were just managing her arthritis pain. Of course she's had her share of tooth extractions and concerning lumps removed over the years, always with good prognosis after it was done. We have been very fortunate. Any insights or advice welcome.
Seven and a half years since we adopted her from BIN I think it has been? Seems like forever ago and just yesterday at the same time. So thankful for all the time so far and hoping for some more quality time yet. Coconut sends wet stinky kisses to you.
 
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Re: Coconut: Addison's disease?

by Boscoe » Sun Aug 09, 2015 2:25 pm

Sorry to hear about what you guys are going through. It's difficult and heartbreaking to see our your fur kid go through things like this. It sounds like you guys are doing all the right things for her to be comfortable. Keep us update on her condition we are all sending positive vibes your way.
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Re: Coconut: Addison's disease?

by Melinda » Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:26 pm

Thanks! She is home from her test today so we should get word in a couple of days on the Addison's. We started her on prednizone tonight so hopefully that will give her a boost. Will keep you posted.
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Re: Coconut: Addison's disease?

by Melinda » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:28 am

So the Addison's test was negative. Which we understand to mean there is something more severe causing her electrolyte imbalance, seizures etc. Most likely a brain tumour, or tumours in various places. The good news is we started her on prednizone which has made a huge difference for her, it was like turning back the clock a year. So now we hope the effect lasts as long as possible and then re-evalute as things progress, for now its great to see her enjoying life more again.
 
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Re: Coconut: Addison's disease?

by Hercrutry » Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:00 am

You made me understand many stories up.
 
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Re: Coconut: Addison's disease?

by shobhituva » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:35 am

Sorry to hear about this about your fur pal.. Although I have no idea about this disease for pet animals but I do know the treatment for human beings. Treatment for Addison's disease include:

Oral corticosteroids: e.g. Hydrocortisone, prednisone or cortisone acetate.
Corticosteroid injections

You can ask your veterinarian about the above mentioned treatment before applying it because I found it on a random site.
 
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