I was wondering if anyone has had a dog with cushing's disease and if there is a natural way of treating.
I have a friend who's dog was originally diagnosed with diabetes, but further tests show cushings disease and she is reluctant to put more toxins in his system. When I first met her and her dog Zeppelin, he was on steroids for skin allergies and she said he needs the steroids every year as it's the only thing that will give him relief. She stopped giving the steroids last year. His health has been failing him. He's small to medium size and 9 years old - a very lovely mixed breed with wirey hair and typical puppydog eyes.
Thanks for any advice.
I had Bandit, who we surmised had a pituitary tumor. He started with seizures at age 10. We treated him for those with different seizure meds successfully for several years. In his last few weeks my vet suspected Cushing's and tested for that. That was when we actually guessed pituitary (brain) tumor. Veterinary medicine was not nearly as advanced back then...this was the 80's. Unfortunately Bandit passed before his test results came back. He was nearly 14. We never did discuss treatment for the Cushing's, if it had come back positive.
Our dog Bo, was diagnosed with Cushings, when he developed a limp and wouldn't even put weight on his one back leg. After several x-rays, we couldn't see that anything was wrong with it. Then little things started changing. Like his chest started getting broader (he was a Keeshond) and his abdomen started getting smaller and he started losing most muscle mass in his legs and chest area. We talked to the vet about the treatment, but Bo actually was a happy little dog and wasn't in any pain and still played with his buddy Bandit. After finding out the side effects of the medicine, we just couldn't put him on the meds, he was happy the way he was. We did give him Medicam daily for the anti-inflammatory. We had him for almost another 4 years after being diagnosed with cushings. He was 13, when he went over the rainbow bridge.
Thank you for the information you provided here. I always think it's wise when we depend on our internal guidance system to make our decisions for us. Bo was very lucky that you did your research before administering the medication for cushings. I'll pass this information on to my friend.
P.S: Is Bandit the same friend as the previous post?
I HAVE LOST TWO OF MY DOGS TO CUSHINGS. IN MY OPINION ITS BEST TO USE TRADITIONAL MEDICATION. I USED HOLISTIC MEDICATION WITH MY LAST COCKER WHO HAD CUSHINGS AND I WISH I HAD TREATED HER IN OTHER WAYS. I LOVE NATURAL TREATMENT FOR FLEAS............ ACCUPUNCTURE FOR PAIN BUT ALL THAT HAS ITS PLACE. I HOPE THAT THIS HELPS INSTEAD OF THE STEROIDS LOOK UP IF SHE HAS A NATURAL VET NEAR HER. WE HAVE A GREAT ONE IN SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS AND I FOUND HER BY SEARCHING THE WEB. CUSHINGS IS A TERRIBLE WAY TO GO MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HER AND HER PUP.