Final Piece of the Puzzle   5 comments

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Vet called this morning and we have the final piece of the puzzle. Miss D has been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease (or hyperadrenocorticism, for you fancy folks!) and with high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia). What does this mean?

Both these diseases are serious, but both are also treatable. Miss D will be starting a new, prescription, low-fat diet for her cholesterol. This food is prescription-only, so Mommy can’t just drop by the local market to pick some up. Thank goodness for the internet! Vet can get it through her vendor, but Mommy found another vendor online that offers free shipping, discounts for regularly scheduled purchases (like food!), and the overall price is just plain cheaper. So Mommy needs to talk with Vet about switching to Mommy’s preferred vendor. Easy peasy.

Miss D has the pituitary-related form of Cushing’s, meaning she has a benign growth on her pituitary gland that is making her body produce too much cortisol. This can be treated with medication. The initial costs are not cheap. We have to figure out the right dosage for Miss D which involves close watching for symptoms of overdose and several tests in the first months until we find a stable dose. BUT once we do stabilize, the tests can be performed less often.

Mommy’s research of the medication found that the hooman tablets are not cheap. BUT, the doses are ridiculously high for Miss D, even if she is a little chubby for her size. So Vet will likely recommend a “compounded” generic form, which would be provided at a more reasonable dose level for Miss D. As a generic, the compounded version is already much cheaper, and at these lower doses, cheaper still. So Mommy is breathing a little easier about that.

So Miss D can still live a long, healthy, happy life with a few small changes. And Miss D is going to start feeling a whole lot better soon.

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  1. Oh. It is good that there is a medical solution for this. Perhaps she’s been reacting to this for quite some time, but it just became more obvious now… tremors etc. Hopefully, the dose will be determined easily and both of you can get on with a more settled life again.

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  2. I’m glad you start to feel better Miss D. I hope the meds will help you and you will be a happy little Schnauzer-girl soon.

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  3. so pleased to read this Miss D xx

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  4. It’s great when we find out things are TREATABLE…..once Miss D is on the right dose of everything she’ll be right as rain! YAY!!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

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