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Dec 12, 2017 at 10:24
• Tara

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Does anyone at Terrier Club currently have a dog with either Addison's or Pancreatitis? My Maisey is almost 9 years old. Since she was a puppy, she's had vomiting spells and food issues. Overall, a very sensitive tummy. Every year at her vet visits, I mention that she vomits. None of her vets seemed concerned since it's not daily. Until this year no one has mentioned a possible issue. Since she's 8 going on 9, I had a full senior wellness exam on her with blood work and a urinalysis. The tests revealed she had elevated Lipase levels. I mentioned Maisey's vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and lack of desire to eat which occurs about once a month. Since August, she's had two episodes where all of this was combined with intense shaking and inability to control her bowels. She has a history of White Dog Shaker Syndrome, so I thought the shaking was that returning. Now, the vet is thinking it could be early signs of possible Addison's Disease, and she thinks she may have pancreatitis.

My questions are:

(1) For people with Addison's dogs, what signs did you notice? What is the treatment plan, and what is the monthly cost? I'd like to be prepared for what the cost may be. I'm going to change her diet and be very strict with her. If she gets sick again with shaking, I'm going to pay the $151 for the Addison's test. After paying close to $380 for the senior wellness tests, and her needing a dental cleaning and wart removal in a few months, I don't have the room to add in a $151 test right now.

(2) For people with dogs who have Pancreatitis, what changes have you made for your dog to deal with the symptoms? Did you switch to a low-fat food? Maisey is on Fromm Four-Star Grain-Free. She's done well on it for 5 years, and I'm VERY hesitant to switch her. From 8 weeks to 4 years old, she was on 10 different foods due to her not being able to tolerate a lot, and she's been on Fromm consistently for 5 years without issue. The vet is recommending the prescription science diet, but I'm worried about switching her to a not-so healthy food.

Thanks for your input!

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Dec 12, 2017 at 16:45
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I am sorry we have no input regarding Maisey's condition but do hope someone here can help and hope you can find some answers,for sensitive tummies here we have a dried food from James Wellbeloved which has great results for various tummy and bowel issues...not sure if you can get the food over there though but have a look online,let us know what you find out when you can and Healing Prayers for Maisey...Hugs Annie and Gang  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Levi,Winter and angel Moshe
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Dec 12, 2017 at 18:53
• Yoka

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We are so sorry to read about Maisey. My vet also wanted to change Winters food but when I was reading what is all in it I knew this is nor for Winter. The prescription science is not a healthy food. Like your Maisey our Winter had diareha from IBD. We also use Fromm Gold with reduced Activity and no grains. Winter is doing wonderful with that food. She has good bowels and I am happy that she is doing so well. In fact too well she gained 2 pounds. I cut a little of her food now trying to get those extra 2 pounds off. We do walk a lot and she loves it.
Y friend just lost her dog from Addison disease. They often do not want to eat that I know. My friend took very good care of her dog Jonah but she had to put him asleep he was so sick all the time and lost so much weight. He was 12 years old and She tried everything to get him to eat. At the end they also have a hard time walking. I had another friend who had a Westie who also had it. They had a specialist who took care of him and he also lost a lot of weight.
I do not know much about it but do not give Maisey that Science food. The vets gets a kick back from putting dogs on that food. Some has corn,soy in it and wheat etc.
Hope you find out more information to help your
Will keep her in my prayers and hope you be able to find out more to help her.
Love,Yoka,Levi and Angel Moshe

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Dec 22, 2017 at 14:57
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Addison's is a very serious disease, and dogs show the symptoms you described, until an Addisonian crisis, when they collapse suddenly and die. There can be other causes of these symptoms, but Addison's can kill your dog. It is caused by the adrenal gland not working properly and eventually failing altogether.  When this happens the electrolytes in the blood get out of balance.  Elevated potassium will get critically high and the heart can stop.  Treatment works well, please follow up on this.  It is not one of the more expensive diseases to live with.  Addison's is not uncommon in Westies.

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