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Kelley 05-09-2009 01:20 PM

Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier
Hello everyone,

I have an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier who has been diagnosed this week with Cushings. Our journey to this diagnosis began in January, the vets were initially looking for a kidney problem and originally diagnosed him with Chronic Kidney Disease. When all the kidney tests came back negative, they decided to throw in a Cushing's test as well. They told me before the test it was likely to come back negative and we would still have no diagnosis. They were very surprised when the Cushing's came back positive.

Our primary vet has sent the results to the Small Animal Hospital at University of Florida for review. We had been working with the vets there as well trying to diagnosis his suspected kidney problem. We don't know yet what type of Cushing's he has and we are feeling really worried about all this right now. From what I've read, the treatment for Cushings is pretty tough to go through.

I'm pregnant right now with our first child, but he's been our baby for 8 years. I'm trying to keep positive and not let all the negative stuff get to me but it's hard. I'm so worried about him and would just appreciate some information.

I don't' have a copy of the labs yet, but I'll get a copy of them on Monday.

Thanks in advance,

frijole 05-09-2009 01:59 PM

Re: Barney
Heh Kelley!

I am going to make your day. Treatment of cushings is only tough when vets aren't experienced and get in over their heads.... it really isn't that bad. I am delighted your vet has forwarded results to a specialist. There are different types of cushings and they are treated differently so what you are doing right now is the best thing you can do for your dog. You want to be sure of the diagnosis before treating and you want a vet that has experience.

My dog is over 15 (schnauzer) and she has been treated using lysodren for 3 yrs now. She's a happy little thing and her only problems right now come from old age - not cushings. :)

So don't fret. Continue to post and ask questions. The more you know about the disease the better but there is no rush to treat. Congrats on the pregnancy!


k9diabetes 05-09-2009 03:49 PM

Re: Barney
I believe that's UF in Gainesville and I have seen them do some very fine work with endocrinology. I was impressed with Dr. Schaer so hope that's who will be taking a look at Barney's case.


LuvMyMunchie 05-09-2009 07:17 PM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier

Just wanted to stop by and say "hi and welcome" to you and Barney. Sounds like you've got Barney in good hands for testing and diagnosis. As Kim said, post and ask questions. We're here to help!!


P.S. Congratulations from me too on your pregnancy.

Kelley 05-10-2009 11:54 AM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier
Thanks so much for the quick responses!

Kim-Thanks so much for the reassurance. I'm SOOO happy to hear of a dog that is doing well! I've told a couple of people about Barn's diagnosis and they just say, "I'm so sorry" as if it's a death sentence. :(

Natlie-you're exactly right, it's the Small Animal Hospital is at UF in Gainesville. If we have to go back there for testing, maybe I can request Dr. Schaer. Currently we are working with someone else who specialty is kidney diseases, but I'm thinking they'll refer us to another doc.

Thanks so much for the welcome and congrats Louise!

I will continue to post his progress and let you know when they diagnose which type of Cushing's he has.

I'm so glad to have found this forum. I'll keep you updated and I really appreciate the responses.


Kelley 05-12-2009 04:54 PM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier
Here's the latest update on Barney...
The vet just called me, she heard back from the vet at the University of Florida. Apparently, the resident presented Barney's case in grand rounds. There was some disagreement as to how to proceed with his treatment and now they aren't so sure that he has Cushings even though his test was positive. He's going for another test on Friday, the low-dose dex suppression test.
I've requested the results from his other test and they are going to fax it to me tomorrow. I'll post the results when I get the fax.
The vet did say that if the second test comes back positive, they recommend Trilostane for a traditional treatment.

Kelley 05-12-2009 05:12 PM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier
They faxed over the results this evening. I'd really love to hear feedback about these results. All were way above normal and the note on the test say "these results indicate presence of increased adrenal activity-severe"

Test Result (baseline) Result (post ACTH)

Cortisol 166.0 229.7

Androst- 4.0 9.9

Estradiol 114.4 110.4

Progesterone 1.61 3.74

17OH Progest. 1.03 3.5

Aldosterone 653.6 727.1

The top of the page for treatment options says "Steroid Profiles in the Diagnosis of Atypical Cushing's Disease" The vet has never mentioned atypical...can anyone help me understand what that means?

Thanks in advance for your advice and help.


AlisonandMia 05-12-2009 05:37 PM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier

I've just posted below the reference range for those tests - would you be able to just check that the reference ranges that show up on Barney's tests are the same as these one's.


Baseline: Normal 2.1-58.8
Post Acth: Normal 65-174.6

Baseline: Normal 0.05-0.57)
Post Acth: Normal 0.27-3.97

Post Acth: 27.9-69.2

Baseline: 0.03-0.49
Post Acth: 0.10-1.50

17 OH Progesterone:
Baseline: 0.08-0.77
Post Acth: 0.40-1.62

Baseline: 11-139.9)
Post Acth: 72.9-398.5)


AlisonandMia 05-12-2009 05:45 PM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier
Just compared Barney's results to the reference ranges I just posted and, boy, do I see what they mean by severe!

Have you had an abdominal ultrasound done to rule out an adrenal tumor? (I'm not saying that these results suggest that necessarily at all but it is something you'd want to have checked out if you haven't already.)

I would think with the big elevations in all those hormones that actually Trilostane will not be the best treatment because although it lowers some of the hormones it elevates others as a side effect and this can cause a continuation or even worsening of symptoms especially over time. Dogs with these sorts of results on this testing are usually treated with Lysodren and melatonin and lignans to help address the estradiol which is sometimes not addressed completely by the Lysodren.

The UTK will have included a treatment recommendation along with the test results.

Debbie's (stardeb55) dog Harley had similar results on his testing and he is being treated with a combination of those three treatments and is doing well - I'm sure you will hear from her soon.


Kelley 05-12-2009 05:50 PM

Re: Barney - 8yo Jack Russell Terrier
Here are the normal ranges on the report:

Baseline: Normal 2.0-56.5
Post Acth: Normal 70.6-151.2

Baseline: Normal 0.05-0.36
Post Acth: Normal 0.24-2.90

Post Acth: 23.3-69.4

Baseline: 0.03-0.17
Post Acth: 0.22-1.45

17 OH Progesterone:
Baseline: 0.08-0.22
Post Acth: 0.25-2.63

Baseline: 11-139.9
Post Acth: 72.9-398.5

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