Join Date: Jan 2011
Dogs Name: Rhapsody's Mystery of the Spanish Chest - "Dreizehn", Gaia's Bijort - "Ruthless"
Titles: UKC CH for Dreizehn, CGC for both, CA for both
Dogs Age: Born December 2010, July 2011
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Who has experience with Addison's disease and what would be good for me to know?
I did a quick search for posts on this and only found one from multiple years ago.
I arrived home from a trip to find that my parents had taken Dreizehn to the emergency vet. He had been acting strange - standing hunched over, lethargic, weak, unexcited by treats or play, not himself. They think he had thrown up his meal but didn't see, so it could have been Ruthless. The vet did numerous tests and found that he had a 104 fever, high potassium levels, high white blood cell levels, elevated liver enzymes, and a thickened gallbladder. She has rule out obstructions and poisoning (we have a plant in the back that is poisoness, though he doesn't usually mess with it). The vet suspects Addison's disease but they are unable to run the test for it so they are keeping him on fluids until we can bring him into his regular vet on Tuesday morning to get tested.
I've been visiting him multiple times daily and while he is not completely himself, he is still himself - if that makes sense. My parent's and the vet say that he looks much better than he did when he was brought in. I see my dog in him still but something is off... I imagine that being hooked up to an IV while being kept in a strange place would put him off a little. The vet says that his levels read as normal now and she has no reason to suspect that things will suddenly go poorly. I can't wait for him to come home.
Anyways, I had never heard of Addison's disease so I've been doing some research but basic websites don't give the same information as personal experiences do. I've joined a few FB groups but the majority of the posts that I saw were people whose dogs had just been diagnosed so they're in the same boat as I am. I also did this late at night after a day full of travel so I didn't pursue too heavily - I need to go look again. I reached out to Dreizehn's breeder but she's never had a dog with Addison's so she's researching as well. From what I've read, he will have to take medication for this for the rest of his life but should be able to live a long, normal life as long as I keep up with his medications. It sounds like it's not a death sentence and, for that, I am endlessly grateful. I know that it's not a common diagnosis for this breed but I thought I'd check in here just in case... Does anybody here have experience with Addison's disease and what would be good for me to know?
No dog is at fault for being born into this world.
Last edited by PatchworkRobot; 05-24-2015 at 08:34 PM.
Reason: Forgive any errors, it's been a long few days.