So Bud has been dealing with thyroid issues. We had upped his supplements from one a day to one in the morning and a half in the evening. He had a follow up on 9-11 but they weren’t seeing an improvement. This, along with his weight loss was cause for concern. Even though he had lost weight he still has a significant roll around his belly. They only have a partial staff on Saturdays so arrangements were made to drop him off last Thursday for a more comprehensive exam. They discover that his liver numbers were off. Unsure of what the problems are a referral was made for an ultrasound which occurred yesterday. They took a sample of his liver for testing but the early diagnosis is Cushings. He goes back to the vet tomorrow for more testing to confirm it.
At least they didn’t have to sedate him for the ultrasound.
So the verdict is in and it is Cushings along with a urinary infection. I have some antibiotics for the infection twice a day until gone and then a follow up. The Vet prefers not to medicate for the Cushings unless there are other issues, such as diabetes, due to the nature of the drugs and possible side effects. His water intake and peeing may likely increase but as long as its not an issue it's not with worrying about. I did ask if diet/food would make any difference and she said no. Apparently the meds used to treat Cushings are derived from a pesticide so they are reluctant to prescribe them.
My biggest fear was that it may have been cancer.
He's now at 24.8 pounds. He's slimming down for you Cassie !!!
Buddy is doing really well. His energy level has increased which is fine except when he walks over me at 3:00 am cause he wants to go out. It wouldn't bother me except I got a case of Covid and I would prefer to sleep through the night. I'm doing fine. My doc prescribed Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine, and a couple of other drugs. You know, the stuff that the FDA says doesn't work. In this entire city there is only one Pharmacy that would fill it. I just feel tired and drained. the worst part about Covid is the loss of taste and smell. It's a sensation that can't be described. As a result I've had no hunger and I've dropped just over 20 pounds in the last two weeks.
I need to make an appointment for a follow up for Bud with his vet.
I would just like to thank everyone for their thoughts and well wishes for Buddy and I. At this time we are both doing fine. He will be going back to the vet Wednesday for a follow up. I have noticed over the last couple of weeks his energy level has increased.
As for myself I am doing fine. I seem to have made my way through covid. The only lingering effect is that I do have a minor dry cough but otherwise my appetite and energy have returned I’ll probably call my doc Monday just as a follow up
So the LFB was back in on Wednesday for a follow up. Even though he is getting two full pills daily, one in the a/m and one p/m, his thyroid is still a little on the low side. We're just going to attribute it to Cushings. He does have conflicting results regarding the urinary infection. When they ran it through the machine it showed it still present but when they examined it under a slide it was negative. They said it was diluted so they just don't know. The option is to do a culture, see if it exists, what type of bacteria it is, and then determine the correct antibiotic. More money. I said to go ahead. When I picked him up later that day it was another $300. I would rather spend the money, find the problem if it exists and deal with it rather than gambling on it.
So i received the results of Bud’s test and there is no infection. We’re just going down the road that the increased thirst is simply a result of Cushings. When the doc called I didn’t have an opportunity to talk to her but I’m thinking about giving her a call just to discuss the results and possible options for his treatment. I’m happy with just doing nothing as long as that is a viable option.
Bud says hi and thanks to all of his Beagle cousins for their concerns and well wishes.