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 on: October 17, 2021, 10:33:14 AM 
Started by Vanessa Ilott4 - Last post by Vanessa Ilott4
Hi Jo

Thank you for all your advice. It helped me get through those initial few days. I was recommended a vet who knows about Addison's. He is wanting to add to his knowledge, and was particularly keen to read your notes.

We're in a much better situation than we were last weekend! And thanks for the tip.


 on: October 16, 2021, 06:55:31 PM 
Started by Vanessa Ilott4 - Last post by Jo CIMDA
Hi Vanessa

I do hope Odin is getting on and improving now that the Addison's treatment has started.

It is a steep learning curve for sure - for you and your vet!  Always keep a couple of 5mg prednsiolone in your pocket when you are out for a walk, just in case he needs that boost.


 on: October 16, 2021, 06:52:58 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Jo CIMDA
Hi Erica

I wonder, as your vet has reduced the steroids after on 10 days if it should be a consideration to put Elsie on another immunosuppressive drug, so that she is on a combination therapy.   There is a chance, if the preds are lowered too soon, before the body's immune cells have returned to normal function, that she may relapse. 

 I would have a chat with your vet as to whether to treat for the low level of hookworm because Elsie's immune system, regardless of the 25% reduction in preds, is being suppressed.  Perhaps you can find out what drug the vet would use and call the drug manufacturer to see what they recommend. 

 I am pleased to hear that she is eating better.  It is so worrying when they turn their nose up at everything that you try to tempt them with.


 on: October 16, 2021, 03:11:26 PM 
Started by Vanessa Ilott4 - Last post by Catherine
Hopefully Jo will be along soon to help. Meanwhile there are plenty of posts about Addison's that may be helpful. Just use the search facility on the main page. Here is one such thread : http://cimda.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=909.0

 on: October 16, 2021, 11:44:38 AM 
Started by Vanessa Ilott4 - Last post by Vanessa Ilott4
I have a 4 year old Bearded Collie, Odin, who was diagnosed with Addison's disease on Tuesday of this week. He had what I now know to be an Addison crisis last Friday and I am still coming to terms with how very poorly he was. Thankfully we have found a good vet who understands this disease and Odin is gaining strength and improving daily. I am now on a huge learning curve to understand this disease and do my best for Odin.

 on: October 13, 2021, 01:42:36 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Hi Jo, no she hasnít taken metacam at the same time as the prednisone. Her CRP results were normal on day 10 so her steroid dose has been reduced 25%. She is eating much better now. Her stools became normal but the past 24 hrs she has a touch of diarrhoea again. I did send off samples for worms and she has a low level of hookworm. I am not sure whether to treat her.

 on: October 08, 2021, 09:01:18 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Jo CIMDA
Hi Erica

I do hope Elsie is starting to improve.  One thing that alarmed me is the mention that she was on Metacam and also prednisolone.  These two drugs are not compatible and if a dog is on prednsiolone they should not be on any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.  Please do not give Metacam whilst she is on pred.  The combination will really upset her tummy and increase the risk of stomach ulceration.


 on: October 07, 2021, 11:13:29 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Thanks Catherine. No, Elsie hasnít had the metacam for 10 days now. Every day she is a little brighter. The vets say that her  diarrhoea is caused by steroid use. They have given her Cerenia for nausea. I do give a 1/4 (of vet prescribed) paracetamol twice a day to help with stomach pain.

 on: October 07, 2021, 12:00:30 PM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Catherine
I understand the struggles and I do sympathize with all the problems. Is Elsie still having the Omeprazole, Metacam and Paracetomol?

Has her movement improved, what would you say were her main symptoms now apart from appetite loss and diarrhoea? Does she still need the Metacam and Paracetomol, they could be causing side effects?

I still think the Omeprazole could be the problem and I know it is difficult going against a vet but I wonder whether you could tell your vet you would like to try another gastroprotectant to see if things improve. If they do not then you know it was not the Omeprazole but if they do then it will be much better for Elsie having a gastoprotectant that does not make her feel rough.

When did she have the Royal Canid? Changing diet too quickly can cause diarrhoea. You could try Canikur Pro Paste or ReguTum Fibre Care (from Viovet). Ease in a small amount at a time rather than the designated amount. But I have found both products quite quickly make the faeces solid. Check the ingredients first to make sure Elsie is okay with them.

 on: October 07, 2021, 09:42:30 AM 
Started by Erica - Last post by Erica
Elsie has been on steroids for 9 days now and has lost a lot of weight due to her lack of an appetite and turning her nose up at food. Since Sunday she has had quite bad bouts of diarrhoea. The vet gave me GI Royal Canid puppy food which she ate for one meal but has refused ever since. I mentioned to the vet that maybe something else, other than the steroids, was upsetting her stomach. She said that the treatment is still a bland diet. I am due to see the vet tomorrow with Elsie for CRP test but, to be honest, I am really struggling. :-(

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