Our 12 year old cockapoo was just diagnosed with Cushings. We had noticed a thinning coat and reluctance to go on walks, but an episode of imbalance/vertigo/nystagmus in which I rushed her to the emergency vet has led us to this conclusion. The emergency vet suspected a random vestibular event, but elevated liver enzyme made her suspicious. Suzy's regular vet confirmed Cushings via blood test, and we're going today for a belly ultrasound. We're hoping to be able to manage her condition without harsh drugs. I'm grateful to have found this website, and appreciate reading everyone's experiences. Anybody with words of wisdom as to how to relax and be at peace with all this, please chime in! Thanks.
Raleigh, North Carolina
How to tell the difference in Cushing's Disease and Mange?
I do have a question. I had taken him to the Vet on Saturday (smelling an infection) and noticing these little clusters of black specks on his underside, not to mention his hair has been thinning out. I took him because when I had flea combed him (I do this every day after his 1st time out and before bed in lieu of topical flea killers that did NOT work) and noticed these when having to pry with tweezers small fleas off his "private areas" all these specks and the odor. I took some store bought fleas spray and placed it on a cotton ball and held it on this area with all the black specks. They were coming off on the cotton ball (not all). As I repeated this, more would. The odor got even worse through this process.
The Vet looked at him and immediately said he needed to be tested for Hypothyroid Disease and Cushing's Disease and those specks were blackheads. I took the prescription for antibiotics and left to stop this infection as fast as possible.
My question is how do you know if it is mites or the above Diseases?
I must say I came home and used a baby wipe to test out the blackhead theory and nothing happened. Then I repeated my process with cotton ball and flea spray liquid (that kills on contact fleas) and these specks started coming off again. This time I noticed extremely (I do mean extremely small red specks coming off as well).
This is quite a long story, but since not much is published on the Cushing's link for Dogs, I wanted to add what happened to my Yorkie, Nikki. She is not cured and still has set backs, but initially she did a complete 360!! She was very sick and the "reg" vets wanted to put her on massive steroids, my groomer recomended a Holistic vet, on our first visit she informed me we could just about cure Nikki's Cushings with proper diet, supplements, etc. It was one of the most thorough examinations she ever had. She was also shocked at all the drugs my dog had been given throughout the first 5 years of her life. She had seen 7 specialists up to this point. Holistic vets are very expensive so maybe I can help by sharing our daily regimen and what the Dr. first did for her.
1) No more chemicals, ie: flea control products
2) No more grains or canned dog food, dogs are carnivores, period.
3) No more vaccinations, they are supposed to only be administered to healthy animals only
There is a lot more to tell you but got to take a break.Will be back to finish, will copy in my email and save so I can finish, but will go ahead and post this for now. I will be back with what she takes, what she eats and what has occurred over the last 2 years since all this. Godbless, Cinde
High Point, North Carolina
San Jose, Ca Usa
New Port Richey, Fl
My dog with cushing disease went from almost being put to sleep to almost normal again. He had cough every 15 mins, skin rashes, over drinking water, over eating, blood nose, siezures and started to go to the bathroom on the carpet. The first thing is no rice, grain, barley or canned food. Too much toxin effect the cortisol causing the cushing disease. Had to invest some time into what may work. I went to all organic sweet potatoes and fish by Wellness, mixed with pumpkin, baby carrot organic, milk thistle(liver clease) apple cider vingar organic only, cap full to each meal, enzyme for digestion (very important) and probotic (acidollius)( very important), little olive oil (1/2 tsps to a meal) and dog vitamin pill. I found that getting all the ingredients together and mix in a blender, and refrigerate. Making up the foods ahead is how to win the battle of time to make each meal. I make enough for about 5 days, this is make sure it does not get stale. Use canned pumkin with the ingredient just pumkin or sqaush. Carefully not to give too much of this will spike the blood sugar level in the body. I use natural product to it is 1 drop per 2 lb of weight of dog. His eyes were no long blue in the waters. His tumor in the nose stop bleeding, he seen to breath better. I first did the transition for the dry food, to wet dog food, to a mixture, now all organic. This the key toxin in the dog as they get older cannot not keep up. Your dog and yourself do not have to suffer anymore. It is less expensive in the long run and a better for ourselves. Do not give up on your dog until organix.
Thank you, owner myself with dog with cushing disease.
Goodlettsville, Tn, Usa
S. Ontario, Canada
New Port Richey, Fl
My blue pit developed cushings and it became horrible before diagnosis. He started losing his hair and developing sores on his body. I am Naturopath so I immediately removed his food and started giving him fish, sweet potatoes, balck rice, irish moss, moringa, and other herbs for his red blood and immune system. His symptoms have cleared up except I am still not satisfied with his skin. It has not properly healed and he carries this offensive odor. I realize with all healing it takes time but does anyone know what to use to minimize the odor coming from his skin while healing??
Los Angeles, Ca
Switched my dog to a grain free diet and it help out on the Cushings disease. His overall improvement was 90 per cent.Still has minor hair loss and a small cough once or twice a week instead of daily.
My 10-year-old Tibetan Spaniel developed Cushings. I looked into holistic treatments and found Cushex drops containing: Taraxacum officinale, Arctium lappa, Astragalus membranaceous, Arsenicum (30C), Hepar. sulph. (30C), Mercurius (30C), and sulphur (30C). I use 3-4 drops on his food, which also includes raw frozen chicken or beef, home-made plain yogurt and canned pumpkin. Within two weeks his appetite was level, he greatly reduced his constant gulping of water, his coat grew back and his energy level and mood are fantastic.
Now that he's been on the drops for a while, I cut back to every-other-day for the drops for maintenance.
I make pancakes with flax for my dog with cushing. I use flax, pumpkin and water. She loves them and it has greatly reduced her symptoms. I make up a large batch and freeze them so I dont have to make them often. I give her one in the morning and evening. Also give her melatonin.
I have a 10 yr. old Shih Tzu dog with all the Cushings Disease symptoms. He is on a grain free diet, only eats chicken, lamb, rabbit, fish. I add a little yam or pumpkin, kefir, cold pressed virgin olive oil or org. virgin coconut oil to his food. Every 2 days I give him vitamin E and 1/8 tsp. Kelp powder. Turkey and Beef gives him gas. I tried the Cushex drops and Seriphos and they did not work on him.
I do give him Olive Leaf, Milk Thistle, Lignans for Life Lignans flaxseed, and Melatonin. It helped his fur grow back, his excessive water drinking is less, his weak back legs are better, he pants less at night. The only symptoms that he still has is excessive hunger from noon till evening, and restless at night. He sleeps during the day and restless most of the night. My guess is his cortisol is high at night.
Does anyone know a remedy for hunger and to help my dog to sleep at night?
This is my first post. My dog Cody, who is 13 years old, and a Sheltie, was diagnosed with a very mild form of Cushing disease. I opted to not place him on traditional medicine and try Cushex Drop S. Cody has been on the drops about 1 month. His appetite is normal again and he does not pant as much as he used too.
I think his hair may be returning but I'm not sure yet. I had him shaved due to the heat last summer, and his hair never grew back. That was before the diagnosis.
I give Cody 5 drops in his food in the morning. He is 48 pounds. Is that the correct amount?
Another problem I have with him is he constantly licks his feet and injures himself to the extent I have to take him to the Vet, make him wear the cone hat most of the time, etc. And Cody seem anxious a lot, which makes me anxious because I don't know how to soothe him.
I recently put him on Pet-Eez from PetsMart as a last resort. I am on social security and really cannot afford these high Vet bills, expensive medications, etc.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Loma Linda, California
Omaha, Ne Usa
My GSD bitch has Cushing's and the vet wanted to start her on Vetoryl. I was so worried and read everything online about Cushing's, Vetoryl and alternative treatments. I tried flax lignans, a homeopathic remedy I read about online that an English vet had done a study on. I already feed raw. Anyway I clutched at any straw going. Also the Cushing's had effected her liver so she was prescribed a very expensive supplement which I can't afford and the insurance won't cover, so I imitate it with the ingredients bought seperately.
Her first stim test showed no improvement and I gave in and asked for Vetoryl. I took the week off from my part time job and never left my dog because I was so scared of side effects. Nothing happened and she has been fine on the Vetoryl. Her first stim test since she has been on Vetoryl shows that her Cushing's is under control and one of the liver enzymes is now just under the normal top range, and the other had dropped from 800 to 400, which is still high but on its way down. Hopefully the next stim test in a month will show the liver is back to normal.
My vet wanted me to use Hill's LD prescription diet instead of raw but no way am I feeding my dog soy. I think it is because she is fed raw that her symptoms have been mild and that she has responded to a low dose of Vetoryl The moral of this story is not to be afraid of Vetoryl. The only problem that has arisen is that because the high cortisol level masked her arthritis due to hip dysplasia she went very, very lame and refused to go for a walk. The vet has prescribed Onsior because the curcumin that helped my other GSD who also has HD so miraculously didn't help my bitch. Onsior has done wonders for her. Again I don't like using it as it is an NSAID but my vet assures me she will be fine. She is ten and if she has another year of life with no hip pain and her Cushing's under control that I will be happy.
I thought I would share my story about my 9 year old female dachshund. She weighs 18lbs, and was diagnosed with Cushings the end of April 14. She doesn't have all of the symptoms, however, she was coughing alot, and then got pnemonia. That is what has led me on this journey.
When her blood test came back positive for cushings, I immediatley went to a holistic Dr. He muscle tested her and gave me some supplements. She contracted pnemonia again. Dr. prescribed clavamox which got rid of the pnemonia. Since then, I have decided to treat her with supplements and organic food. The Dr. wanted to start her on meds, however, I really don't like the side effects. Plus, monthly blood work etc...which I would totally be willing to pay, however, I believe I need to try to heal her naturally.
So, here is my regime, it takes time each morning and evening, but, for what I am observing, her hair has grown back (she had a round patch of hair missing) the underside of her torso has also grown back completely, she's active, doesn't drink an excessive amount of water and really doesn't show the symptoms. She does still have a slight cough, but it's mild and usually happens in the morning a bit. Of course, I am keeping my eye on that. I just thought if I could help anyone who is also going through this with their pet it is so worth me sharing.
In the morning I feed her a little dry (I am using Blue right now) that is mixed with Transfer Factor, I put a dollop of cooked sweet potatoes, ground up spinach and kale (about 1/4 cup) then I add 1 tsp. flaxseeds, 1 Tbsp of tumeric, 2 Tbsp either raw chicken, salmon, tuna, 1x a day- andrographis complex, antronex, milk thistle, pituitrophin PMG, 1/2 of the pill fren-gre, melatonin at night 1mg, parotid PMG and sprinkle on her food 1 tsp.. of immunity for pets. 2x a day, congaplex and xue fu zhu wan and 8 drops of Supraglan. In addition, to mix things up I may add a T. coconut oil to her food, or use goat yogurt......I have also read where ginko biloba is recommended but I have not used it yet. I would love any feedback or advise. Thanks for letting me share my story. I will keep you updated on our progress. Peace........
My incredible vet has treated my 14 year old dog for Cushings with Rhemannia and Liver Happy chinese herbs. She has lived for 2 years with cushings and a large liver and is still going strong with ZERO side effects. I am so happy with these herbs and my dog has a very good quality of life. She can still jump in and out of car, go on hikes where it is cool, amazing. I am so glad I didn't have to give her toxic meds I want to spread the word they are not needed in the least!!
I have a minature poodle who has Cushing's Disease. Dr did a blood test. Anipryl does not agree with her. Her skin got pimples all over. So I have bathed her twice with Ted's Remedy. I have put her on a raw meat diet. I also give her some ACV and yogurt. Ted do you have any more ideas I could do. Is there anyone else out there with a dog with this dease. She had blood work early Nov/08. She is starting to smell better and pimples are going away. Thank you.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Lindsay, On Can
Los Angeles, CA
I want to tell eveyone with a dog with Cushings disease to try a product called Supraglan. My maltese was diagnosed with Cushings and was drinking water constantly and urinating uncontrollably. I tried the Cushex drops but Supraglan works much better. I could not believe the results. She rarely has an accident now. Its a little expensive but goes a long way. And the Petwellbeing co. gives a return customer discount. I also give her vitamens and suppliments and all natural dog food. She is now almost 13 and still doing great.