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) 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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