Sunday Feb 28, 2016
In 2014, his 15-year-old Shih Tzu kept looking for food every hour and drank a lot. Her body hairs did not grow back after clipping. Her belly became pot-bellied. She passed blood in the urine.
The vet diagnosed 5 bladder stones, the biggest being 0.5 cm on X-rays. However, he advised not operating as the wound would not heal well as the dog had abnormal cortisol levels from Cushing Disease.
So the ACTH stimulation test was done for half a day, costing him $200. 10mg Vetoryl was given orally for one week, then 15 mg twice a day for one month. After several months, the effective dose was 30 mg once a day.
The dog no longer has Cushing Disase. He came to Toa Payoh Vets to get prescription of 2 boxes of 60 mg as it is less expensive. One capsule content is divided into two. Carefully he apportioned the alloted portion to an empty capsule. The dog has a little pot-belly but would eat and drink normally.
CUSHING DISEASE - 2 types.
Brain and adrenal glands. His dog's was the brain.