Will a Homemade Diet Help a Dog with Addison/'s Disease

Our dog Tootsie initially had Cushing's disease but was overmedicated, leading to Addison's disease. She keeps gaining weight despite being on 4 .01 mg of Fludrocortisone a day and 1.2 of a 5 mg Prednisolone tablet every other day. We currently feed her canned dog food once a day. Should we consider preparing homemade dog food? Please advise, Kathy.

Editor Suggestion - Homemade Diets for Dogs with Addison's Disease

Dear Kathy,

I'm sorry to hear about Tootsie's health challenges. While homemade dog food can be beneficial in certain cases, it's crucial to ensure the diet you're providing is well-balanced and appropriate for her specific condition.

In the case of Addison's disease, a diet low in potassium and high in sodium is usually recommended. However, the weight gain could be due to the Prednisolone, which is a steroid medication and can cause increased appetite and weight gain.

Before making any changes, it's vital to consult with your veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist to ensure that you're meeting Tootsie's nutritional needs and not exacerbating her medical conditions. They can provide you with specific advice tailored to Tootsie's health status, weight, and dietary needs.

Remember, it's important to monitor Tootsie's condition closely and report any changes to your vet promptly.

Please note that this advice is general in nature, and the best source of information for Tootsie's situation will always be a professional who knows her history and condition well.


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Dog Health Guide

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