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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dogs poop looks like pudding and s belly is making

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My dogs poop looks like pudding and his belly is making noises. You can tell he's uncomfortable. His appetite would be nothing if not for prednisone. We almost lost him a year ago for not eating for two weeks. All the normal tests were done. $4000 later we opted to take him home to die but miraculously prednisone pulled him out & he started eating and playing again. He takes half one a day or he goes down hill. Vets could not find the cause. Now it's happening again. Even with preds. Took to vet & tested for liver, kidneys, fecal exam for parasites. All are normal. We were given antibiotics and something for nauseous and sent home.
Any ideas? I'm desperate
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Such a patient who was prednisone responsive might well be addisonian and also require DOCP. Atypical addisonian dogs might do well on prednisone alone but typical addisonian dogs require DOCP. When atypical Addison's is present, the expected hyponatremia and hyperkalemia (low serum sodium and high serum potassium) may not be present.
Alternatively, a steroid-responsive inflammatory bowel disease may have recrudesced (relapsed without cure in between events). These patients require scoping and biopsy of their GI tract in order to clarify the etiology. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.