Addisons Disease

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Addisons Disease

Post by Debbie&Molly » 07 Jan 2011, 13:43

Hi! Not been on here for absolutely ages! Just wondering if any other doodles on here have Addisons disease? Molly was taken really ill and I took her to the vets on Tuesday, in the middle of the night they phoned me to tell me that she probably wouldnt make it through the night! She did though, bless her, and in the morning I transfered her to a specialist who eventually diadnosed Addisons Disease which apparently comes from the poodle side! She is doing really well now, and i'm picking her up later on today! Just wondered if there was any advice in dealing with this ilness! I know she will have to be on medication for life now and has to have tests done regularly, just wondered if i'm going to get my Molly back, or will she have changed? Any advice would be great!
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Bid » 07 Jan 2011, 13:56

Gosh Debbie - what a shock that must have been, to think how close you came to losing Molly! You are lucky that your vet was on the ball and came up with a diagnosis quickly. There are some doodles about with Addisons - Flossiebag has done a lot of research into it, since her girl was diagnosed, and Amarante's Daisy Poodle has it. I'm sure both of them would be happy to chat with you and talk about the treatment they are using if you PM them. Good luck - do keep us updated with how Molly is doing won't you?

Imo Addisons is something we all need to be aware of, just in case.
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Debbie&Molly » 07 Jan 2011, 14:11

Thanks Bid, Have just inboxed Flossiebag! x

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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Flossiebag » 07 Jan 2011, 14:28

Have just replied!

With links to info and huge hugs for you. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt and have gone into business printing my own T-shirts TBH :D

Just going to look for the links I have posted on here before to supplement what I have given you by PM.

Amarante will be along later for hugs and support too no doubt - she is a gem :D
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Flossiebag » 07 Jan 2011, 14:29

LOL - just realised some of it is in my signature - I'ts ages since I've posted on here and I forgot what my signature was!
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Amarante » 07 Jan 2011, 14:35

Hi Debbie, I remember exactly how I felt when Daisy was diagnosed so I really do sympathise BUT do not worry. Daisy, a poodle I bought to start a Daisy chain, which sadly couldn't happen, was diagnosed November 5th at 2pm (you always remember) just over a year ago. I thought it was the end of my world but it really isn't. I think the words that helped me the most were from Auntie Barb (DT) who said that she loved Addison's dogs and now I know what she means. Daisy is like a child with Down's syndrome. She smiles all the time, she is so lovable with everyone and affectionate. If you have a good relationship with your vet, as I do, you can treat it very successfully.

Stess is the key thing and I have noticed that if I have been upset or stressed, then Daisy has had what I call a little turn. So that's easy, I don't get stressed or upset anymore (thank goodness my teenage daughter has moved out and we are now best friends instead of enemies LOL). Daisy has 3 Florinef tablets (kept in the fridge) every morning and I NEVER forget. They keep her alive I know that. If she is stressed or has a little turn she has her Preds (steroids) so always keep them handy as they work really quickly.

My vet is marvellous in saying that if she is fine, we don't test. He doesn't want to put her through the stress of the blood test. She really is doing very well you wouldn't know there was anything wrong with her. She looks well and is very fit. I think exercise is important as it relieves stress....
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Amarante » 07 Jan 2011, 14:43

.... exercise in moderation that is as can have too much and stress the body that way. Daisy has changed a little. She sometimes poo's in the night in the hall or sometimes in the little toilet (It's like the Osbournes here some mornings). I have recognised what foods cause this so it is rare now but we can't tell her off, luckily it's a hard floor and easy to deal with. It's almost like she's gone back to a puppy stage. She drinks a lot but that is the meds.

It is a worry as I am constantly aware of her. If the other's don't finish their food, you just think, oh not hungry, hormones or whatever. If Daisy doesn't finish her's I worry.

Her little turns are obvious as she looks a little spaced out and shivers. I run for the Preds and they work really fast. Touch wood she hasn't had a little turn for months now as I think we have her meds right, fingers crossed.

If you have any questions I am happy to help as I know Anne is. We will let you join our club eh Anne :wink:

Sending hugs as I know what you're going through now but trust me with a good vet and your care she will be fine. xx
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Debbie&Molly » 07 Jan 2011, 14:51

thank you so much for replying both of you! Untill I get her home, I dont know what she's like! I havent seen her since Wed morning - It seems like such a long time! Luckily she is really good at taking tablets! Unfortunately,she has always been terrified of the vet!!! but I daresay she'll get used to it if we are there a lot!! She has always had lots of exercise, its just i dont know if (when she's fit enough!!) she'll be able to have a mad run about with her friend(a lab) that she has known since they were pups! I know it'll be a while till she could do that anyway!
I might have to bend your ear a few times in the future if thats ok!!
thanks Debbie x

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Post by Amarante » 07 Jan 2011, 14:55

I should also say, Daisy has not been speyed. The vet said the op would stress her so he was not happy to do it. (Good vet eh who did himself out of the money of doing the op, the care and possible drip, tests and medication after if it had caused a problem). He also doesn't give her a full vaccination at once. Nothing that will stress her body in any way. We now holiday in this country taking the dogs with us to a place she knows and loves. (Good for me as I hate foreign holidays and leaving the dogs, now I can blame Daisy :lol: ).

Something I have noticed but not sure if it's her or the Addison's is that when I put their leads on for a walk, all the other dogs get excited but Daisy stands with her head hanging down. I think it's her way of keeping calm. She has probably learnt that getting excited makes her feel 'funny'. Bless her! I love that dog like I have given birth to her! We have such a close bond I am sure made stronger by the Addison's. xx
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Flossiebag » 07 Jan 2011, 15:04

Debbie&Molly wrote:thank you so much for replying both of you! Untill I get her home, I dont know what she's like! I havent seen her since Wed morning - It seems like such a long time! Luckily she is really good at taking tablets! Unfortunately,she has always been terrified of the vet!!! but I daresay she'll get used to it if we are there a lot!! She has always had lots of exercise, its just i dont know if (when she's fit enough!!) she'll be able to have a mad run about with her friend(a lab) that she has known since they were pups! I know it'll be a while till she could do that anyway!
I might have to bend your ear a few times in the future if thats ok!!
thanks Debbie x

bend away! - and as Deb says our little club is very exclusive :)

Once Molly has her meds right, her strength back from her crisis and feels settled again in herself - you wont be able to stop her from her mad run abouts with friends. It will be good for her. By the time she does this though you'll be worrying about lots of other issues which are associated with AD (as Deb mentioned), and the best bit about your day will be watching Molly running about with her friends!

One step at a time - let us all know how she is -(she will learn to love the vets by the way - its now one of Abbey's fav places. She always tries to head off to the hospital wing where she stayed for a week when we go in!) I bet you cant wait to pick her up. Its like bringing home a newborn baby BTW and your inexperienced parents. I promise you will learn together x
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by jodieandbuddy » 07 Jan 2011, 15:51

Daisy has 3 Florinef tablets (kept in the fridge) every morning and I NEVER forget. They keep her alive I know that. If she is stressed or has a little turn she has her Preds (steroids) so always keep them handy as they work really quickly.
A pointless off topic comment but i take 3 florinef a day too :P although for autonomic dysfunction not AD, the only difference is i ALWAYS forget! :lol: but trying to teach Buddy to remind me! I've never really thought about dogs just taking the same medicine as us for the same illness...although its obvous really :oops:

Its a horrible thought that dogs can be chronically ill too :( :cry: you're very lucky it was diagnosed so quickly though!! Hope shes feeling a bit better soon :) lots of love for all the dogs in your special AD club! :P

Well done to Flossiebag and Amarante for spreading awareness of a lesser known disorder, education of rare illnesses is the key to spotting a problem fast and getting it sorted before it gets any worse!
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Amarante » 07 Jan 2011, 16:10

jodieandbuddy wrote:
Daisy has 3 Florinef tablets (kept in the fridge) every morning and I NEVER forget. They keep her alive I know that. If she is stressed or has a little turn she has her Preds (steroids) so always keep them handy as they work really quickly.
A pointless off topic comment but i take 3 florinef a day too :P although for autonomic dysfunction not AD, the only difference is i ALWAYS forget! :lol: but trying to teach Buddy to remind me! I've never really thought about dogs just taking the same medicine as us for the same illness...although its obvous really :oops:

Its a horrible thought that dogs can be chronically ill too :( :cry: you're very lucky it was diagnosed so quickly though!! Hope shes feeling a bit better soon :) lots of love for all the dogs in your special AD club! :P

Well done to Flossiebag and Amarante for spreading awareness of a lesser known disorder, education of rare illnesses is the key to spotting a problem fast and getting it sorted before it gets any worse!
Sorry to hear you have that but I bet like me you thank God for Florinef. I always forget any tablets etc I have for myself. Do you want me to remind you to take your's too? :lol: xx
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by jodieandbuddy » 07 Jan 2011, 16:13

Sorry to hear you have that but I bet like me you thank God for Florinef. I always forget any tablets etc I have for myself. Do you want me to remind you to take your's too? xx
:lol: yes please that would be really useful!!! :lol:
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Clairejen » 07 Jan 2011, 16:22

(((HUGS))) what a huge trauma for you and Molly, you must have been worried sick. This forum is such a wonderful place for knowledge and support, I'm sure you are feeling relieved to have such quick encouragement. I bet you can't wait to get your baby home.
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Re: Addisons Disease

Post by Bid » 07 Jan 2011, 16:43

jodieandbuddy wrote: lots of love for all the dogs in your special AD club! :P

Hear hear! And for all their Mums & Dads who take such brilliant care of their special dogs!
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