maezi birthday & updzte

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maezi birthday & updzte

Post by wandaMaeZi » 17 May 2020, 16:38

Hello all
tis been a long while since updated Maezi Journey
We recently celebrated her omg 10th birthday
she's been doing great active healthy happy & holding a very good weight-
we go for walks everyday and she loves goin fishing w me & her lil sister Tikka

We had both girls in for spring checkup & geriatric work up on maezi
our vet noreen been work w us right from start -9years now
her tests came back w high liver enzyme levels & with her drinking more & huge appetite & pee more -it was recomended test for Cushings
It came back positive & shw was put on trillostane for 2 weeks --restested levels still too high
so put on higher does for 3 weeks -she was retested on friday & her levels are still high -
vet is consulting resources to see how to proceed

any experience with this ?????

heres pic of us on her birthday-went to secluded lake fish & picnic in this crazy new covid world

my name is Wanda & my girl Maezi is a blue heeler from BC Canada
Our EPI story/journey is featured under "EPI4DOGS story"> EPI Reports> EPI Tails
DX at age one-- feed 1cup now fresh senior w 1 tsp enzyme diane 6x twice daily
She is the most loved & spoiled catteldog on the Planet 8-)

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Re: maezi birthday & updzte

Post by Olesia711 » 17 May 2020, 20:25

Hi Wanda,

Wishing lovely 10 year young Maezi a VERY Happy Birthday!

Ahh.... Cushings. Been there done that... hopefully my experience may help.

One of my dogs, Rico, had Cushings too. He passed away last year at 16 years old and had Cushings for 11 years! He did very well with the treatment AFTER they figured out the right dose for him.

He was on LYSODREN for years and years.... and then the last 2 years of his life I switched to generic Lysodren ( Mitodane).
The other good drugfor Cushings is Vetoryl.
My understanding is that these are the two best drugs for Cushings and that not all Cushing dogs respond as expected to Trillostane... so you might ask your vet their thoughts on trying LYSODREN or VETORYL.

You can also control the Cushings somewhat with diet, but IMHO, you really need the medication.

My dog started losing hair and my vet had me put him on Melatonin 3 mg twice a day (Rico was a 60lb dog) .... AND... I also gave him stinging nettles... between the Melatonin and the Stinging Nettles, they stopped the hair loss... which was pitiful cuz he was a Spanish Water Dog which has curly hair... so I couldn't even do a "comb over" when he lost his hair..................

One thing I avoided was high protein foods (like organ meats) and i stayed away from commerical kibble that had a high protein content... i kind of stayed with the "middle of the road" protein content foods..

Personally I would ask the vet to try Lysodren or Vetoryl and see if that works better.
HOWEVER... (warning) it is EXPENSIVE!!!! To save money, I went to a family owned pharmacy and ordered the WHOLE bottle of Lysodren, 3 years ago it was costing me $500 for a bottle, but he only took 1/2 pill 3 days a week, so it lasted quite a while.
If you order it for just 30 or 60 days dose it will cost you a lot more since the pharmacist has to break open the bottle. IN the end though, my thoughts on Lysodren is that it is well worth it.

Hope this helps!
Olesia, was owned by Izzy, a 35lb Spanish Water Dog (SWD), Diagnosed at 1.5 years old - TLI results 1.. Izzy passed away on February 13, 2020 at 15 years old. She lived with EPI for 13+1/2 years. It was because of Izzy that Epi4Dogs was started... she was the inspiration. May her legacy of helping others with EPI continue for as long as needed.........

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Re: maezi birthday & updzte

Post by Madelon » 18 May 2020, 20:15

Hi and Happy Birthday to your girl! Thank you for the update although I'm sorry to hear she's now been diagnosed with Cushings. Olesia is the best to give advice on managing EPI and Cushings. I hope you're able to get her stabilized quickly. Please keep us posted.
MADELON and Doc. DX EPI and SIBO: 5/22/2015
Test Results: (1st) 7/2014 = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate > 24; (2nd) 5/2015 = TLI < .4, B12 406; Folate >24; (3rd) 10/2015 TLI < .4; B12 >1000; Folate 14.4. Prior to DX: May 2014 (2mos) - DX coccidia/bladder infection; July 2014 (3mos) 1st EPI test = TLI 16.5, B12 894, Folate >24 - Dx SIBO not EPI; Feb 2015 thru May 2015 - weight loss only; May 2015 vomitted several times, diarrhea and eating poop. Regimen: 4 cups Sport Dog Food Elite Herding - Diane 6x 1tsp per cup; 1 WonderLab PetFactor B12 2x day; 1/2tsp Slippery Elm 2xday; Multivitamin; 1 Zyrtec 10mg 2x day; Salmon Oil

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Post by jilbert57 » 19 May 2020, 15:46

Kiya's vet uses Anipryl to treat Cushings and Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
Good luck and stay well.

My name is Jill and I live on the Hood Canal in Washington State. I have two dogs: Kiya is an aussie/blue heeler and is 13, TJ is a 4 year old Jack Russell. They keep me on my toes.
Mickey and his pancreatitis brought me to site in 2012 to help manage it.

Mickey, Jack Russell. Chronic Pancreatitis. Dianes enzymes, 1/8t 3x/day with meals.
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Re: maezi birthday & updzte

Post by Barb » 19 May 2020, 16:48

Hi Wanda! It is so good to hear from you! I can't believe that Maezi is 10. You are a very good mum.

I am sorry to hear she has Cushings, but as I read Olesia's post, I realized once again how lucky we are to have all of her knowledge. It sounds like you have quite a few good questions when you take Maezi to the vet to figure out her protocol. It is quite a journey we embark on when these pups steal our hearts, isn't it?

Please let us know how she does.


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