Quality of Life Improvement with Cushing's Disease

by Christine
(Visalia, CA)

I adopted a dog from a reputable pet rescue. I was told she was a year old. My vet suspects she is closer to 10. I think she has cushing's. She is very slow moving, has occasional skin eruptions that have to be removed so that they don't catch them in grooming. She is losing her tail hair. She is a poodle/malty mix. I had to cancel my insurance when I discovered her age because my vet changed her records to 10+.

I am changing her diet to avoid wheat, soy and corn and I have started her on PranaPets Adrenal Support hoping it will help her. Now that I have no insurance for her, I can't afford the vet. She is getting more skin eruptions and I can no longer have them removed. Is there anything more I can do?. She doesn't know how to play, has never jumped up on the furniture, ignores other dogs and has always walked funny. I think she was caged most of her life. I feel so bad for her. She never barks and just lays around all day. She refuses to go on walks. I practically have to drag her. I tried Dinovite nutritional supplements for 3 or 4 months but they did nothing to improve her energy or interest in anything (other than food). I need help with her.

I just don't know what more I can do to give her any quality of life.

Editor Suggestion

Hi Christine,

I'm not a veterinarian, but I can try to offer some general suggestions that might help you support your dog's health and well-being. However, it's essential to consult with a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

It seems you're already working on adjusting her diet. Providing a balanced diet that's low in allergens, high in protein, and includes essential nutrients is important. You may consider adding natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as fish oil and turmeric.

Skin care: Regular grooming and bathing with gentle, hypoallergenic pet shampoos may help manage her skin eruptions. If she's experiencing itchiness, you could try over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or sprays for dogs, but always consult a vet before using any medication.

Exercise and mental stimulation: Encourage gentle exercise and mental stimulation by offering her toys and interactive games. You can use food puzzles or toys that dispense treats to motivate her. If she's resistant to walking, try breaking her exercise into shorter, more frequent sessions. Use positive reinforcement and treats to encourage her.

Companionship: Even if your dog doesn't actively engage with other dogs, being around them or having another pet at home might help her socialize and find comfort.

Vet care: Reach out to local animal welfare organizations, animal shelters, or veterinary schools. They might offer low-cost or discounted veterinary services. Some organizations also provide financial assistance to help pet owners with veterinary expenses.

Comfort: Ensure she has a comfortable and quiet place to rest. Orthopedic beds or supportive padding can help reduce pressure on her joints.

Alternative therapies: Some pet owners have found benefits in alternative therapies like acupuncture, massage, or laser therapy for their pets. Do some research on these options and consult a professional if you think they might help your dog.

Remember, it's crucial to consult with a veterinarian for a proper assessment and guidance on managing your dog's health.

All the best to you and your dog,

Editor and Publisher
Dog Health Guide

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