Winter Weather Blues   3 comments

Hello and Happy Friday All!

aren't I adorable?

aren’t I adorable?

Miss D has been feeling blah lately and too tired to write. Mommy said it’s the winter weather blues because of all the snow and sleet and ice and freezing rain and regular rain and just plain cold days we’ve had this year. But last weekend, granpaw compared Miss D to a pot-bellied pig (!)

So mommy thought it might be more and we went to see Vet. Miss D was poked and prodded and palpated and every other indignity known to dogdom! And after all that prodding, the tests were inconclusive. Humph.

Apparently, my behavior belies my appearance, which contradicts the blood chemistry panels. And the abdominal ultrasound contradicts everything!

Vet believes Miss D might have Cushing’s disease, which is when my little body produces too much cortisol. The first symptom: pot belly! And we schnauzers are prone to this disease, especially older girls like me.

But all the lab results disagree with this diagnosis so we’ll probably do one more test next week to definitively rule it out. We’re still waiting on results from a couple tests and Mommy believes Miss D probably has an antibiotic-resistant infection of some sort. Possibly in addition to the Cushing’s.

Meanwhile, I’m getting extra loving and yogurt treats to help settle my tummy. yay 🙂

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  1. What will your doctor do to help you out with the Cushing’s, Miss D.? Or with the infection? Probably just need some good ole Vitamin D in the form of sunshine!

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  2. Cushings is treatable with medication, but the medication can have serious side effects, so we’d need to see Vet more often. Cortisol also has a suppressive effect on the immune system, so dogs with untreated Cushings are more susceptible to infections, such as the one mommy thinks I have.

    But it’s a good thing granpaw made fun of me, or mommy would never have noticed the change in my appearance.

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  3. Sorry to hear that, but it’s good that you’re on the way to having it diagnosed and getting the right treatment xx

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