Thursday, March 24, 2011

Treating Canine Cushing's Disease: A Success Story

Rosie came to us roughly a year ago exhibiting all of the classic signs of Cushing's disease, which I covered in my last blog post:
  • increased thirst and urination
  • increased appetite
  • excessive panting (see photo on left)
  • lethargy
  • pot belly appearance (see photo on left)
  • weight gain (see photo on left)
  • hair loss: hair thinning on trunk, bald tail (see photo on left)
I diagnosed her as having Cushing's disease and prescribed a regimen of trilostane (Vetoryl, Dechra Veterinary Products), given at a dosage of 30 mg twice a day. 

The photo on the right was taken at her one-year check up. As you can see from the photos, she's lost weight (8 pounds) as well as her pot belly. She is much more active and no longer excessively thirsty or panting.

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