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We have a 12 year old Collie who was diagnosed with Cushings

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We have a 12 year old Collie who was diagnosed with Cushings Disease last year. We were told that it was better not to have it treated, but now one vet says to treat and another says not. The cost is going to be quite hard to cover and we don't having to leave him for the ACTH tests. We rescued him 10years ago and the older he gets the more he just wants to stay close to us, we just want him to be happy and comfortable in his old age. Any advice would be very welcome
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The important question is - is Bruce having any clinical illness as a result of the Cushings?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

He has bad co-ordination in his back legs, his liver is enlarged and he is on anti-biotics as his nail got infected and had to be removed. He is also on Fucidin ointment for bed sore type infections on his leg joints where the skin is so thin

Hi there,

Thank you for your repy.

Typically this disease is treated when:

- They drink and urinate so much - it is a problem.
- They pant uncontrollably
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- They have skin issues
- There is a liver enlargement and pot belly apperance.

The other concern is that these patients with excess hormone are at risk for throwing clots -notably a lung clut, pulmonary thromboembolism.

This is the main reason(s) we do often recommend treating this disease, especially when they are sick as a result clinically.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

We were told that treating the Cushings could throw up other problems that are not showing up at the moment because of the Cushings is this true?

Yes - absolutely - and that is what I was referring to such as the risk of a clot.

Hypertension is also a concern in some cases.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Sorry cross purposes here, is he more at risk of a clot if we treat or if we don't ?

Hi there,

He is MUCH more at risk if you do NOT treat.

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