Comments on How to Care for a Dog With Addison’s Disease

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jo   International

5/5/2013 6:09:04 AM

just a warning to all those with an addison dog which is on pred, our poodle/lab cross was diagnosed but was not doing very well, and kept having crisis so the vet kept upping the pred till she was on x4 per day, her hair started thinning to the extent that she had almost no hair on her back/sides so we were pressing the vet to ask a specialist they came back to him and said to get her off the pred asap as this was a massive overdose unfortunately it was to late to prevent her becomeing an insulin dependant diabetic 2x injections a day. she should have been getting more fludrocortisone to keep her electrolytes in balance, if this is kept right the pred is not needed as much.

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Sue   Cheyenne, Wyoming

3/25/2013 11:01:32 PM

Our 3 yr English Pointer was just diagnosed with AD. He is at the vet clinic in crisis. We had noticed a few of the symptoms but nothing major, seems to be common. Had never heard of AD. We thought he was just depressed by the cold winter weather & lack of his usual long runs with the horses in the Mtns. Now we are praying he will make it thru the nite. I've been researching like crazy since we got home. It helps to know that he may have a chance at recovery & a good life.

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Debbie   Prescott, Arizona

3/14/2013 3:42:48 PM

There is an excellent support group for addisonian dogs, You can ask questions and get alot of answers from the members, all of whom have addison dogs. My dog was diagnosed in Feb 2013 after a crisis, during which she almost died! Stll not well controlled, having to fiddle with Pred doses. Jessie is a (now) 90 lb yellow lab, down 10 lbs since the episode.

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Monika - 258651   

8/8/2012 4:56:59 AM

Sormie was diagnosed last May. She also almost died. She is now only on PercortenV. She is one of the rare dogs that does not need to be on the Prednison. She is a lab mix that looks like a husky. Her hair is now about 2 in long and extremely thick.( was short and shiny . We now shave it every two months. Here in Texas it is way to hot for her to have all that hair. The other thing we noticed is she does not like thunder now and gets scared over any loud noise.

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Barbara Hoffmann   Winston, OR

8/6/2011 6:05:57 PM

Our then 3 year old German Shepard cross (his Dad was a traveling man) was diagnosed with Addison's about a year ago. He gets a 2.5mg Prednisone tab every day and a PercortenV injection every 6-7 weeks. He is doing great and you would never know anything was wrong with him. Over the last 4 weeks or so we have noticed his hair changing. His 7" hair on his neck, shoulders and upper back has gotten much shorter and curly! He has lost his very long white pantaloons to short white wavy ones. Has anyone else had this happen with their dog with Addison's?


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Melody   Arlington Heights, IL

4/17/2011 7:44:10 PM

My 11 year old female shetland sheep dog died last September from what we found out was an acute episode of Addison's Disease. She had not overt signs until the end when she collapsed from dehydration. We did not know she was ill until after she was gone. Wish I would have known. It was a terrible loss.

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Judith   Grand Junction, CO

1/24/2011 6:48:47 PM

I have an Aussie with Addison's. She is on Fludrocortisone 0.1 mg daily, Prednisone 5 mg daily. She is also on a cardiac drug (not all addisonion dogs are)Enalapril 10 mg daily. She is actually doing very well and is very active and
The drugs can be expensive, especially the Fludrocortisone and I got a Wallgreens Prescription card for her and found the drugs to be much cheaper (up to 30% off). The Vet. needs to write an Rx for you. Labs are expensive but the disease is very treatable. The biggest problem for me was getting her prednisone dose correct. If you watch symptoms, etc. it's easy.

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Kiki   Naperville, IL

1/23/2011 9:38:38 PM

This is good to know/be aware of.

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S   Three Oaks, MI

1/23/2011 3:23:28 PM

Good article

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

1/23/2011 3:07:32 PM



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momo   anaheim, CA

1/22/2011 6:19:34 PM


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Cheryl   Kansas City, KS

1/22/2011 5:34:44 PM

Its good to have this information available.

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Jamie   Wichita, KS

1/22/2011 5:12:49 PM

Did you know that JFK had Addison's? True. I hope his doctor was as good as our vet in Wichita, Dr. Williams. He'd never had a dog with Addison's and he researched and became an expert. Our Maddie couldn't wait to get inside his office, he treated her like the princess she was! A great vet makes all the difference in the quality of life for a dog with Addison's.

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Lauren   C, IL

1/22/2011 3:08:27 PM

My boxer was recently diagnosed with Addison's and he started out real bad, but then got back to his feet and is a whole lot better! This helped a lot.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

1/21/2011 7:58:49 PM

Thanks for the info.

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Richard   Oklahoma City, OK

1/21/2011 9:22:01 AM

We had a West Highland Terrier with Addison's that we treated the way you described, a daily pill and a shot every 3 weeks. She lived with this for about 6 years until she was 12 when she passed away. She was very active and only showed symptoms a few times, even with the treatments. We had to be careful and keep an eye on her while both working out of the house as she had 2 episodes where she collapsed and had to be rushed to the vet, who was able to keep her going. Finding a vet who has dealt with this problem or who is willing to study and find out about how to treat it, is the most important thing to know. The pills aren't too expensive, but the shots can add up if you take your dog to the vet to administer them. But when you love your dog as much as we did, it's not a burden, but a joy to give them a good quality of life.

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karen   little rock, AR

1/21/2011 6:06:31 AM

My friend's dog had this and was given injections with special diet.He lived 5yrs with addisons.

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Terry   Houston, TX

1/21/2011 3:39:10 AM

Thanks for the info!

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