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    Question Dog with Addison's Disease

    Hi All

    I have stumbled across your forum and would love to get some advice for my mother. Her rottweiler has recently been diagnosed with addison's disease. has anyone else dealt with this in a pet? It is a disease humans get and the dog is on human medication and huge amounts which is getting a bit expensive for my mum. He has also have regular blood tests etc and in general doesn't seem himself. This has been going on for a few weeks now. He has had hair loss etc and seems to be getting his hair back now. Apparently dogs with this disease have huge problems regulating their own body temp and on one of our hot QLD days mum had him in front of a fan with a damp towel over him to keep him cool in the ridiculous heat but he then had a seizure because his body temp dropped dramatically all of a sudden (it was a stinking hot day).

    So I suppose I am looking for anyone who has experience with this. Any tips? Does he have a good outlook? He is about 5 years old and honestly I think my mum loves him more than us kids lol, I don't know what she would do if anything happens to him... I dread the day actually

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    Is the dog being given medication orally, or via injection, Mangel?

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    He is on oral medication. When he was first diagnosed mum had to take him in for a (I think) cortisone injection Now he is on cortisone tablets once a day (a little blue tablet) and 8 white tablets a day (not sure what they are though sorry). So all up at the moment he is on 9 tablets a day with monthly blood tests at the vet (were weekly but he is getting better so now its only monthly).

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    Have you checked out this website: AddisonDogs

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    I have a dog I pet sit who has it.

    He has had some huge up and downs with it, 3 times i have pet sat him i have had to rush him to the vets, he will just stop eating and get sick over night.

    he is on 2 lots of medications, 2 times a day, he also gets salt added to his food every day. He is an inside/outside dog but is outside whenever I look after him, and he has not had a problem with the heat or cold.

    Good luck with it

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    Hi Mangel,

    Talk to your mum's vet. You may find the vet could look at just giving the injectable dosage at longer intervals. This used to work out cheaper in the long run, but who knows these days?

    It is certainly worth discussing your options again with the vet. I have very little knowledge of Addison's Disease in dogs. I have only come across it once, and that was so very long ago.
    Myf or Anne could maybe be of help with this one...???

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    Hi all

    Thanks for the replies. I was wrong about the medication being cortizone my mum told me today its something like I think pregnazone..... I have no idea really lol

    I am looking after her dog now for the next week and I am absolutely freaking out. If something happens to him whilst I am watching him she will probably disown me .... I have a female staffy so I am hoping that being out the back with her will stop him from getting overly anxious. He is a really sooky dog for my mum and she treats him like a human. He is normally an inside dog at her place but here because I have a young child he is not allowed inside.

    Do you think he will get stressed? How can I minimize it? I have no idea every dog I have owned has been normal lol

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    What's normal?

    Seriously, has the dog been parted from your mother much before? at your mother's place I assume he is any only dog?

    I think he'll more than likely have a ball as you have a dog he can play with.
    DON'T STRESS. He will pick up on that. Just treat him like you would your own.
    No offence intended, but he'll probably benefit from being with you TBH.

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    whats addisons??

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