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Unless your vet did either a LDDS test or an ACTH stim test, you can't diagnose Cushing's disease.
what kind of tests are those? are they blood
what is involved in these tests?
Hang on just a sec!
They are blood tests, but require a little "extra"--the LDDS (low-dose dexamethasone suppression) is an 8 hour stay at the clinic--they draw blood, give a small amount of steroid, then draw 2 more blood samples at 4 and 8 hours after the injection.
Here is a good website about Cushing's testing: http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=636
Certainly a high alkaline phosphatase, increased appetite, and increased drinking go along with Cushing
disease, but I would never treat a dog for Cushing's without further diagnostic testing.
Partly because of the expense & partly because of the side effects.
This website has a lot of info on Cushing's disease--look at the right hand side for different topics: http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1193
So do you know if the other sample that had a cortisol of 7.7 was a LDDS test?
No, it could have been as he had to send the blood sample to Minnesota for testing.
There should have been 2 cortisol values--a pre and a post IF they did an ACTH stim test or 3 values if they did a LDDS test. But if it was just a single cortisol level, I'd want further verification of Cushing's.
Thank you very much. I just have not felt that comfortable with this quick diagnosis. I went ahead and got the medicine - Vetoryl - but maybe I should take her somewhere else and check this out.
I think I would. Then if it is Cushing's, you already have the Vetoryl! :)
Where are you located?
Norman, OK Do you have someone you would recommend.
Sorry, I don't know anyone in Norman. When you mentioned MN, I thought you might be in WI!