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Old 02-05-2017, 08:18 AM
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Hi Dixie: My dog had both cushings and diabetes and my vet strongly encouraged me to see a specialist so I think your instinct to find a vet with more experience is a good idea. Especially with everything else going on.

There have been many false cushings diagnoses around here which is why everyone is cautious. Especially if your dog has thyroid issues because that can also lead to the insulin issues you have.

Cushings meds treat the symptoms, the only time cushings can be "cured" is if it is caused by the type of tumor that can be surgically removed. And that isn't as common.

I'm not a real technical person but I've been around here since 2011, here is what I've seen:

the dogs with thyroid issues would initially respond to insulin then their blood sugar would go back up (sounds like your dog)

some big dogs, esp. a lot of labs, get the back leg weakness and giving B12 (the methyl version) helps over time

the cushings test measures levels of cortisol. If a dog has other things going on stressing his little body out, it can be a false positive. My dog didn't respond to insulin much at all until we got to 7 units twice a day for an 8 pound dog.

Holli used to mention a test out there that could rule out cushings. I don't know anything about it but it is worth asking about.

I definitely think you should find a specialist, keep on the thyroid meds, and consider B12. (just my opinion)

Reading about cushings is scary and depressing. Dealing with it can be expensive and worrisome but it is doable. My Jenny had some good years. So, try not to be too scared or depressed.

Keep us posted. Judi
Jenny: 6/6/2000 - 11/10/2014 She lived with diabetes and cushings for 3 1/2 years. She was one of a kind and we miss her.
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