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BurningBridges Mon 29-Jun-15 17:26:22

Hi everyone, anyone had experience of a dog with Addisons?

basildonbond Mon 29-Jun-15 17:29:55

Oh no burning - not your new dog? Sorry I don't have any experience but I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will come along in a minute

Are the rescue being helpful?

BurningBridges Mon 29-Jun-15 18:20:43

Only a possibility basildon, can't say too much worried about being outed. But yes will bump later and see if anyone knows anything. Apparently its not as bad as it sounds? hmm

Wolfiefan Mon 29-Jun-15 18:24:47

I saw a dog in rescue recently with this. Dog was fine but needed daily meds.
Hoping you get good news soon.

Floralnomad Tue 30-Jun-15 19:27:50

I have a colleague with a Rottweiler with this , she was telling me because my mum has the human form ( and has had for nearly 50 years) , apparently once they get sorted on the medication it's quite easy to manage . Don't forget to keep the fludrocortisone ( florinef) in the fridge as that is important.

pinkbraces Wed 01-Jul-15 15:09:38

My labradoodle has Addisons, she was diagnosed at 3, she is now almost 6.

Any questions, ask away smile

BurningBridges Wed 01-Jul-15 23:05:45

hello all, thanks for replies. Pink I am afraid I am going to leap on you and ask:

how much do you pay monthly for meds?
does the condition wax and wane, meaning some months you'll need more drugs than others?
I have only just got this dog so I never had time to insure him, but when I do - ok I know they won't cover the Addisons - but will the insurers add a weighting for him being generally unhealthy, is anything and everything else he ever has going to be met with a "oh no we can't cover that as its connected to the Addisons" etc.,?
do we have to inject the dog or just give him tablets (not sure i could cope with the former) sad

Once you answer all that you can have the rest of the day off wink

pinkbraces Thu 02-Jul-15 12:10:04

Im at the ready smile

Monthly Meds - I have recently discovered you can buy prescription meds on the internet, as long as you have a prescription from your vet. I used to pay £56.00 per month for her meds. She is on 6 tablets a day, given with her evening meal. I now pay £40.00 for 400 tablets which last two months. The prescription from the vet is £6.00 (when I say I pay, we are insured so it goes through the insurance) We get them from Chemist Direct.

No injections needed only tablets.

We also give her prednisolone to help with stressful situations. For example, it was my DD 21st birthday party last week, lots of people at home so we gave her a prednisolone just to keep her chilled out. We don't often give her one of these.

When she was diagnosed she was in Liverpool Animal hospital, very poorly, it took a few months to get her meds right but since then her condition hasn't changed and her drugs have remained the same. She initially had a blood test every month, then every three months, we are now down to 3 times a year.

As far as I know Addisons is a stand alone disease! I wouldn't have thought it would prohibit you from getting insurance for her.
I'm with M & S and they are brilliant.

I know its quite scary not knowing whats going to happen, when my dog was poorly the vet thought she was in total liver failure, it was so awful, I really thought she was going to die. We got seen by the animal hospital as an emergency and they were brilliant and diagnosed her straight away. Since then she is and has been fine, and as long as she takes her meds then her life span hasn't altered.

If you want to know anything else just ask. Good luck with your dog flowers

BurningBridges Fri 17-Jul-15 18:01:38

Addisons test was clear, but he still has all the symptoms - vet says not worth re-testing - but I understood that Addisons is tricky to diagnose?

Floralnomad Fri 17-Jul-15 19:24:56

Has the vet got any idea what is wrong with him then ?

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