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Diagnosis on Phaedra

Phaedra has been confirmed by our vet as having Addison’s Disease. Our vet gave her a DOCP shot, subcutaneous fluids and a Prednisone pill this morning. She’s already doing better. She had improvement yesterday after we saw him because we’d been giving her 1/2 a Pepto Bismol tablet with food 4 times a day, so that eliminated her vomiting and diarrhea. She’s a bit odd in that she made it past the 8 week mark without needing a shot. She had her first DOCP shot on Nov. 6 (Jan 15 was 10 weeks, actually). So she may only need a shot every 6 to 8 weeks instead of every 4 to 6 weeks. She’ll probably require Prednisone for the next several months (1/2 a pill daily), though she may be able to be weaned off of those again. She’s down to 31 lbs (14.09 kgs)ย  from the 40 lbs (18.18 kgs) that she was at in December.

In many ways, I’m glad to finally know what’s going on because she’d been sick since the last week of October 2009, and as it’s now almost February 2010, that’s a long time to not know what’s going on.

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  • Hi Blix,
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually relieved because a friend of mine told me that she shouldn't have a shortened lifespan due to it. That had been a concern of mine.

  • I had no idea what this disease was so I had to read the link you added. That's really sad but I'm so glad you know now. It's easier to take care of her knowing what you need to do to help her live a healthy, happy life. Good luck with her!

  • Hi SilhouetteScreams,
    Me too. Not knowing was sheer hell for me.

    Hi Lillypug,
    Yep, and she's already doing so much better.

    Hi Lillian,
    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I'm sorry about the news, but at least now you know what it is you can treat her properly and get her back on the road to recovery. And it's wonderful that she's already looking better. x

  • Hi Dominique,
    It's a lifelong disease/illness. It can be treated and controlled, which is what we will be doing. I'm so glad to finally have an answer. Thank you!

  • Hi Evil Angel,
    Yeah, I'm feeling better about it than I was.

    Hi Daniel,
    She's already doing better.

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Thankfully we detected it quick or I think she would have died back in October when she crashed fast.

    Hi Shattered,
    Yeah, very good point that I'd pondered this afternoon.

    Hi Ewe,
    Yeah, not knowing, being stuck in limbo, sucks.

    Hi Jessica,
    She's doing better this evening thanks to the medications.

    Hi Martian,
    Thanks, me too.

    Hi Cara,
    Awww, your baby ๐Ÿ™ *hug*

    Hi Kim,
    Yes, hopefully we'll be able to time the DOCP shot correctly.

    Hi Cacau,
    Thank you.

    Hi Lyndsey,
    She improved with them before so I think she'll be doing better now.

    Hi PowerLifterChick,
    Yes I'm very glad it's treatable.

    Hi Thia,
    Thank you.

    Hi Easy Peasy,
    Thanks, I do appreciate it.

    Hi Lindsey,
    She should ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you

  • I am so sorry to hear that she's not perfectly healthy! but, I agree with you, knowing is nice too! and the fact that it's something that is treatable, rather than something much worse, is a positive! {{{Huge hugs to you all}}}

  • I'm glad you finally know what is making her so sick. I do hope that she tollerates the meds okay and she can start feeling more like herself! I know she has good parents ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Awww ;__;
    At least (for what i've understood reading the link) she'll be living well with the medication!
    I hope the best to both you and her!

  • Aw the poor sweetie.. good to hear they figured out what was wrong with her! Wishing for her a speedy recovery now that she can get just the right care she needs.

  • I'm sorry to hear that she still isn't feeling better but like you said at least you have an answer now. Now she can get on the road to feeling better!

  • I'm so glad that at least you know what's wrong with Phaedra…the worst part about having your pets getting sick (for me) is not knowing what the heck the problem is and how to treat it! I'll keep the both of you in my prayers!

  • A diagnosis is always hard to take, but now you know for sure and can get Phaedra the help she needs to feel better. A managable disease is so much better than something more rare…after all, if Addison's came back negative, who knows what she could have had.

  • Poor critters can't tell us how they feel…so it's an even tougher guessing game for the Vet. Glad you have a good one and now know how to treat it. I think the link you posted yesterday says a lot about you as a dog owner who really cares about her pup. Phaedra is one lucky poodle and I'm sure that feeling is mutual. ๐Ÿ™‚

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