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Old 03-16-2019, 03:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Three different illnesses suddenly hit, at the same time.

As noted in my intro, we are happy owners of a 14 year old miniature poodle who was happy, active, and relatively healthy. Suddenly last summer our Ricky exhibited signs that things were not right, and eventually the vet diagnosed Cushing's. He is on Trilostane and seemed to be okay.

After his 14th birthday this year, however, he started knuckling, and the vet said he does not have degenerative myelopathy, but instead might have a bulging disc. I won't put him through an MRI. He put him on Meloxicam and that seemed to help a bit.

THEN, his collapsing trachea got worse and the vet took him off the Meloxicam and put him on Prednisone. His horrible hacking cough has diminished and so has his knuckling, but he cannot stay on the prednisone long term, we were told, due to the Cushing's.

He has gained weight, is still coughing some, still knuckling some, and after the prednisone trial, the vet has mentioned a bronchodilator or cough suppressant for his trachea.

Has anyone heard of a situation like this, where three illnesses are conflicting with one another? Is there any hope for the poor guy?

I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
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Just wanted to welcome you and say I'm sorry your senior had all these issues going on at once. I have read that bushings can cause lax ligaments but honestly I don't know much about that. Unfortunately many of our pets get over lapping issues as they age. Good thoughts & wishes for your boy.
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I have been spending a lot of time (and money) at the vets in the last year or so - unfortunately it tends to come with the territory as our animals get older.

I can't help much with the Cushings or collapsed trachea, but Sophy is prone to spinal problems, and I have found that rest (complete crate rest if there is a chance of the disc bursting and causing paralysis, and reduced exercise and absolutely no jumping or stairs if it is simply a trapped nerve) plus meloxicam or another anti inflammatory keep her reasonably comfortable until I can make her an appointment with her osteopath. An incompetent person can cause major damage, but I was lucky enough to have a very well qualified and highly recommended osteopath locally who not only gets Sophy's back 80% better in one or two treatments but has also shown me how to safely treat her myself. Anyone legit will require a referral from your vet - it may be worth asking them if they know anyone they can recommend.
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Thank you, mufar. I was taken aback at the suddenness of his decline and the fact that he was suddenly dealing with not one but three issues. It is breaking our hearts.

Thanks fjm, on the osteopath directive. We haven't allowed him stairs for a long time but now the act of lifting him up was causing him the most horrible gagging fits. The prednisone has cut back on those tremendously, but it isn't a solution, unfortunately.

Both the bronchodilator and the cough suppressant have side effects, but it appears we have no choice, given the Cushing's.
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When Sophy's back was really bad I carried her on a firm cushion - it seemed to help. A cushioned board may be worth a try?
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When Sophy's back was really bad I carried her on a firm cushion - it seemed to help. A cushioned board may be worth a try?
Worth a thought fjm. We put him on a donut bed when we take him to the vet, if he returns to the violent gagging (insidious condition, collapsing trachea) once off the prednisone, I can ask him to get in his bed before we go out. Didn't even think of that, thank you.
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Hello joedesimone,
My heart goes out to you and Ricky.
This is a wonderfully caring group of people whose knowledge and experiences can provide solace and often times keep you going in difficult times.
I will keep Ricky in my thoughts and hope his health improves.
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Hello joedesimone,
My heart goes out to you and Ricky.
This is a wonderfully caring group of people whose knowledge and experiences can provide solace and often times keep you going in difficult times.
I will keep Ricky in my thoughts and hope his health improves.
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Thank you so much, jcris.
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Welcome to PF! It is heartbreaking to watch a loved pet age and become more and more fragile in health........I'm sorry you are having such a dilemma and hope you can find some answers. Little Ricky is blessed to have such a loving and caring human!
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Welcome to PF! It is heartbreaking to watch a loved pet age and become more and more fragile in health........I'm sorry you are having such a dilemma and hope you can find some answers. Little Ricky is blessed to have such a loving and caring human!
Thank you, MollyMuiMa. It is indeed hard to watch.
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