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There are times when stress can certainly exacerbate the illness, but the important fact is that this has been diagnosed.
Often by ACTH stimulation test.
An ultrasound can also help - looking at the adrenal glands.
Trilostane or Lysodren are the most common therapies for this.
To reduce the side effects you are seeing:
- Increased thirst / urination
- Appetite changes at times as well
Did you have any specific questions I can help with?
since his white blood cell count is very low, is that an indication that the cancer has spread? how do you know how long he may have left and should i change his diet to compensate for what he might be losing from the cancer?
In regards XXXXX XXXXX question - no - the white count does not indicate a spread.
The recommendation here would be, if not done already, an ultrasound by a radiologist - to see if the gland is large or invading the vena cava, or can be surgically removed.
if surgery can be done will he need to be on medication/chemo the rest of his life?
That depends on the type of tumor this is.
As there is not just 1 tumor of the gland.
it just seems to me that my vet got all that information from just the blood work and didn't even suggest surgery and that we would just have to wait it out until he may show signs that he's in pain. the waiting for your pet to die is just not a pleasant thought. since he is on antibiotics right now, I am waiting to finish that off before going for a second opinion. I'm just wondering that would be a good idea to do.
A good idea?
Get an ultrasound.
That will help you make decisions here
By a board certified radiologist.
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