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Old 05-05-2009, 04:22 PM
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Talking Update on Kira

Hi everyone:

I wanted to let you know that Kira had another ACTH test last week and the results were very good. Her clinical symptoms have also all but disappeared (except for the panting).

Cortisol (0) 32
Cortisol (1hr) 84
Cortisol (2hr) 109

There is also a new vet at the clinic that Kira goes to and Kira's regular vet is getting the new vet up to speed. I spent some time talking to her and found out that she has treated over 100 Cush pups. That is also a good thing to know. She is very knowledgeable about the disease and it's treatment. She has mostly used Lysodren on the dogs she has treated, but says she is also very impressed with the results from Trilostane.

I just have a bit of an issue with the amount of panting that Kira is recently doing. However, she is a husky and it has gotten quite a bit warmer lately. She could also stand to lose a couple of pounds. She's not excessively over-weight, but if she dropped about 5lb it wouldn't hurt. I think between the heat, weight and arthritis, the panting is accounted for. The vet told me to note any unusual changes in her breathing. So far, so good but it is a bit annoying (especially at night, when she wakes up and starts panting).

Her blood work at the beginning of April was also good so I am just going to continue monitoring her. The vet said, that barring any unusual symptoms (lethargy - NOT... she caught and killed a bunny a few weeks ago; stopping eating; vomiting, etc) she doesn't have to come back for another ACTH for another 6 months. That's good news for the pocketbook too. The vet was also able to find a pet pharmacy that would produce 40mg tablets, so that cost is down somewhat too.

Heidi & Kira
 

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