Faith starts treatment today for Cushing’s Disease, using a drug called Vetoryl. According to one UK website:
Cushing’s syndrome is a disorder that seriously affects your dog’s health, vitality and apperance. Also known as hyperadrenocorticism, it is one of the most common endocrine disorders, occurring mostly in middle aged and older dogs.
Dogs with Cushing’s syndrome produce excessive amounts of cortisol, an important hormone that helps regulate the body’s metabolism. This can have harmful effects on other organs and on the ability of the body to regulate itself.
The vet said to start the meds today because she needs monitoring bloods in 10 days, and it needs to fit with his schedule as he’s only here a couple of days a week. The Vetoryl needs to be taken with food, but the Vetmedin for her heart on an empty stomach. She gets Vetmedin in a little cream cheese first, then wait an hour and give her some dog food and the Vetoryl in cream cheese. Tricky!
The Vetoryl has some serious risks but we know what to watch for, and the Cushing’s needs to be treated, so fingers crossed…