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I am so worried about Sophie. She has been gaining so much weight and we tried changing foods, diet, more exercise and nothing helped.


So she had a complete urinalysis and the urine cortisol/creatinine ratio test done this week and her results came back today - her ratio is high - 173 - when it should be 13 or under. I drop her off on my way to work on Monday for the ACTH test and to see where we go from there. The vet put her on clavamox for now.


I spoke with the vet who was on-call today - of course, not the vet I prefer, but he will back on Monday to do the ACTH test.

Any thoughts on this? Just how high is a ratio of 173? Any info you could share would be much appreciated.

(Can't get rid of the bold sorry)

Linda
 

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Oh, I am so sorry........please keep us informed. I don't know anything about it but I hope you can maintain her..........:heart:
 

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I'm sorry Linda, do you remember when Pat told us Sassy was diagonised with Cushings, you might want to pm her, she would beable to tell you more about Cushings etc. Hugs to you and to precious Sophie. I'll remember you and Sophie in my prayers
 

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Thanks everyone! I've heard from Jackie and she tells me that Cushings is treatable and does NOT shorten their lifespan. I do feel so much better, but still worried. I will definitely send Pat a message. And, if I remember wasn't Linda's Bonnie misdiagnosed? I just have so much going on right now my head is swirling trying to cope! Hugs,

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OMG, Linda -- I hope this isn't Cushings. I'm sending prayers for Sophie.

BTW - Nanci just posted on FB that Puttie Pie has Cushings and I know that she's been doing tons of research. You might want to contact her too.

Sophie seems awfully young to have Cushings. Hopefully it is something else that is very treatable.
 

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Thanks, Lynn. I just read the article posted by Nanci on FB. Sophie is young and has no other health issues to deal with so we have two completely different scenarios going on I believe. The article stated that most cushings dogs do dies within a few years of diagnosis, but not from the Cushings but because they are usually older dogs when diagnosed and have other health issues going on at the same time.

I know I'll feel better after the tests results come back and I can talk to my vet again. He did tell me the day I brought her in for the urine test (couldn't get the sample on my own - poor baby) that the new meds are much better and in fact there was a little malt name Bell hiding under the counter who was there for her labs who has Cushings and he said she's been on the new med and is doing great - but I don't know if she has any other health issues going on either.
 

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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Prayers to you and Sophie. :grouphug:
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Linda, I was sorry to read on FB about Sophie's problems. I hope they complete her tests and find an answer quickly so you can start treatment. You will soon sort out all the info overload and start feeling like you are on track with her care. Cushing's is such a hard one to diagnose but then not that hard to deal with once you know if it is adrenal or pituitary.

Prayers for you and Sophie.:wub:
 

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Prayers going out for little Sophie! I've seen amny who have nicely managed Cushings and with the new meds it is much easier on them.....if indeed that is what's going on. I think the hardest part is just not knowing! Once you get a dx then you feel a bit more 'impowered' to do what's necessary.
 

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Thank you again for all of your thoughts and prayers. I'll be leaving in a little while to drop Sophie off at the vet for the acth test. It's going to be a LONG day at work today. She has to fast and this morning has been begging for her breakfast - poor baby. I have a huge power point to prepare today so keep me in your prayers on that, too! May not have been the best day to schedule this test, but I wanted it done as soon as possible.

I really do feel a whole lot better. SM members are wonderful and so many have provided me with really up-to-date info on Cushings and the management of it with the new meds now available. So, I'm no longer freaking out which is a big deal for me. lol

I'll update this afternoon when we get home.

Again, thanks for being such wonderful friends!! Love you all!

Linda
 

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Linda I'm so sorry to hear about Sophie. You know how much I adore your girls. Sending prayers today for her testing and keeping you both in my prayers. Stay strong my friend. xoxo
 

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Linda, our Bo (rescue bischon/maltese mix) had cushings---it was difficult to diagnose---was pituitary---but we didn't treat him for it as it was diagnosed very late & we knew he was dying from aggressive oral fibrosarcoma---he hated having blood drawn & it would have been so painful for him to get the meds regulated. The new meds are good and easier! He was also deaf when we got him---probably from the tumor on the pituitary. He was so happy right up to the end---even w/all his pain. We sure miss him!
I am glad you know early and am sure it will go well! They are amazing little creatures and she is in good hands w/you, I know. Wishing you all the best w/your little princess.
 
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