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Old 04-26-2009, 01:28 AM
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And now to continue...

I think that if Glynda is "The Oracle" then John must be "The Guardian"

This is tricky stuff and I wish I could find one of these "think outside the formula" vets that some of you have been lucky enough to find. Anyone know of one in Sydney?

Anyway - just a update about today. It's cool and windy here - which helps Angelina. Back on a single 30mg dose of trilostane. As the afternoon wore on, the trilostane wore off and the cortisol kicked in, she was walking straighter - still not great, but improved.

Angelina insisted on dinner at 4:30pm. Same stuff as yesterday - and the day before - but she didn't hesitate. And shaved about 15 seconds off yesterday's time.

After which she went for an afternoon stroll down the street and back. Less of an old lady dog than this morning.

From Roxee'sDad:
"When the trilo kicked in, Roxee got very, very picky about what she will eat. It has to smell good otherwise she would and still does walk away."

I knew I read that somewhere!

And I'm wondering if there's an Australian version of a UTK panel?

Actually Glynda, here in Australia we're in the same boat - our Trilostane is compounded too. Although I did find (on my wanderings this morning) a submission to the government to import Vetoryl into Australia dated just last February:

http://www.apvma.gov.au/gazette/0902...ds/page_16.pdf

"The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has before it applications from Dermcare-Vet Pty Ltd for approval of the active constituent trilostane and registration of products containing the active constituent trilostane. The products are VETORYL 120 MG CAPSULES, VETORYL 60 MG CAPSULES and VETORYL 30 MG CAPSULES. The products are for use on dogs."

We may be getting access to the name brand soon? Now we just need to convince Dechra to make it in 10mg and 20mg capsules! It also goes on to answer a few of those pesky exposure and environmental questions I had.

And apologies again to Glynda - my earlier sleep deprived brain misunderstood your reference to 60mg and 80mg doses - which I should have realised translated to 30mg SID becomes 20mg BID.

Believe me Glynda, as far as I'm concerned - nobody could be too verbose for my liking. Tell me more, tell me more!

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Old 04-26-2009, 02:02 AM
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Hi John,
I was lucky that I was close to the University of Melbourne and the specialists there, surely Sydney has something similar.
Dermcare-Vet was importing Vetoryl early in 2006 when Buddy was first diagnosed but they ran into problems and stopped being reliable so compounding was the only option. It was still possible to order from the UK for a short time but that loophole was soon closed unless you got through all the red tape and imported it yourself.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:39 AM
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Hi Jenny,

Do you mean you got a UTK-type adrenal panel done in Melbourne? Or that the Melbourne University vets are the kind who actually do the right thing without having to be prompted?

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Old 04-26-2009, 08:43 AM
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Hi John,

The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is the only facility in the world that does the adrenal panel. They also do the panels for patients all over the world. Shipping must be done properly so the cost to you would be higher but your vet can contact UTK and get instructions on what to do. Just remember that Angelina would have to be off of Trilostane for about a month before doing the panel.

Quite honestly, if I lived in Australia and my dog was not doing well on Trilostane for any reason or I suspected that my dog had elevated sex hormones, I think I would forego the expense of a UTK panel and consider switching treatment to Lysodren. Lysodren is very effective in controlling cortisol as well as the other adrenal steroids/hormones. Estradiol is the only sex hormone that can also be found in other bodily tissues outside of the adrenal gland but Lysodren is only effective in controlling this hormone if it is confined to the adrenal glands. I personally wouldn't be too concerned about that as I don't recall any members treating with Lysodren reporting that despite routine acth stim tests showing post cortisol within range, their dogs symptoms remained unresolved for over six months.

If you are still interested in the UTK panel, here is a link to their website and be sure to share this with your vet:

http://www.vet.utk.edu/diagnostic/en...logy/index.php

If you are using a compounding pharmacy then I am unsure as to why they can't package 20mg capsules. Some pharmacies will also repackage for you so that might be an option if you and your vet decide to lower the twice daily dosing to 20mg. By the way, Dechra manufactures Vetoryl in 10mg, 30mg, 60mg, and 120mg capsules, however, the US has only approved the 30mg and 60mg capsules. I believe they are working on getting the FDA to approve the 10mg and 120mg.

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Old 04-26-2009, 11:11 AM
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Hi John,

Although I've been following Angelina's story, this is the first time I've posted to your thread. Basically, I've just stopped by to say, "Hi...how are ya".

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I wish I could find one of these "think outside the formula" vets that some of you have been lucky enough to find.
Good luck on your vet quest! I've been searching for 2 years....and I'm still searching for one who doesn't think one dog is an exact clone of all others!!!

Glad to hear Angelina was feeling a bit more chipper for her stroll. That's a good sign.

Take care,
Louise
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:32 PM
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Hi John,
I have nothing but nice things to say about Buddy's treatment and care at Melb Uni and especially the specialist in charge of Buddy. I didn't know anything about the UTK type testing when Buddy was dx so I never asked but my special specialist was silly enough to give me his email address so I am going to ask. I will be back if I can get an answer.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:33 PM
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Hello All,

Glynda,

Isn't it odd that only one place in the world does the UTK type Adrenal panel? If we weren't all losing our life savings paying medical bills we might otherwise be able to pool our resources and establish a grant to get more specialist hospitals the funds to incorporate this test into their practices. I'll keep that in mind for when I win the lottery.

I'll keep Lysodren on hold as an option - I'm beginning to think I may need a new vet to point me at a new specialist. Time will tell - but after sinking $2000 into this specialist so far (not to mention another $600 to the vet before that) I'm worried about starting over. Especially if you don't know what you're getting. New mantra: lottery lottery lottery lottery lottery lottery. I hate to be thinking about money - but seriously everytime I see a bill it's like the receptionist punched me in the stomach!

I haven't been directly to a compounding pharmacy - the specialist simply handed me a jar of 100 x 30mg capsules of Trilostane. The original label - including handling instructions was obscured by the new printed label for Angelina to take one per day. The only warning on the new label was "Keep Out Of Reach Of Children".

Louise,
Thanks for keeping tabs on Angelina's Tale (Angelina's tail keep curling up - so she doesn't seem too unhappy about things ) and stopping by to say "Hi". As for me - I'm cramming information into my skull, confused, sleep deprived, frustrated, worried, sad, 8 kilos lighter since Christmas (forget the Atkins Diet! The Cush Dog Owners Diet is way more effective! )

Jenny,
Thanks for your help as always!

Thankfully Yours,
John and Angelina.
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:21 AM
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Well I got a reply about something similar to the UTK panel from the best specialist in the world (in my opinion). It is not available in Australia but he did try to have run what he called the "17 OH progesterone" and was messed around by the pathology company and could not get the results. I guess it will be something hopefully that can and will be done here in Australia but it seems like it will be a long way off.
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:35 AM
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Well Jenny thanks anyway for checking.

Does it seem to anyone else as though the universe moves in mysterious ways to thwart Cush Pup Parents? Or am I just getting paranoid.
It should be much simpler than this!

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Old 05-03-2009, 01:58 AM
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Hello All,

I think my hair turned grey (greyer ) today.

Angelina was lying next to the fridge. Eventually, I wanted access to the fridge. Angelina tried to get up - but couldn't. She started screaming. Not a sound I EVER want to hear again. I helped her to her feet and the screaming continued. She could not use her front, right leg!!!

Had she somehow broken her leg? It was that bad! Had her bones become that weak? Had the Cushings advanced to the point where "weak and wobbly" had become much much worse? Had she lost the use of that leg? Was this the beginning of the end?

After a few minutes she settled down. Limped around a little. Went to the loungeroom and assumed the sphinx pose. I lured her forward with some mince meat. The gait was wobbly, but the front right foot was working again.

She had had such a good, quite energetic day last Thursday - I thought I was on the right track - finally. But since then, mostly geriatric again.

Angelina has always loved to rest against something. If you're sitting at a table, you will find ber resting against your foot, or your chair leg, or such. But if you make the slightest move, her self-preservation kicks in, she will over-react, yelp, and make a good attempt at biting your foot. Even if it was only the breeze created by the shifting of your foot, slightly ruffling the hair of her back. Heaven help you if you actually step on her hair! We don't know what would happen if you stepped on her.

It's not surprising - in retrospect - that she would scream the house down upon discovering that her foot had gone to sleep. I hope that's all it was.

My specialist is still missing in action - today I learned he's overseas. "Call me if you have any questions" he says! I'm going to take her in tomorrow, get her electolytes and biochemistry checked out. Probably get an ACTH Stim test done as well if I can. Her liver enzymes have me worried.

The weekend reception can't take appointments - so I'll have to call bright and early tomorrow. Just have to decide if I want to enlist another one of their specialists as well as the resident I've been dealing with.

Since reading Roxee's Dad's thread about good days/bad days on Trilostane, I'm wondering if I jumped the gun by dropping Angelina back to 30mg per day. At 60mg she was good for 3 days - then she was an old dog - now back at 30mg she's become an old dog anyway! Argh!

If I ever meet Mother Nature she will have some explaining to do!

Angelina has developed darkening patches of skin on both sides of her distended lower abdomen (Does anyone know what that might be?) looking like large light bruises.

I was looking at her, once she had calmed down and it seemed as though some of her hair is becoming darker - tanner? Might have been a trick of the light. It only seemed to be happening on the right side of her back.

What a day!

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