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 Jim andrews
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Teddy is a 12-year-old Yorky. He was just diagnosed by the family vet as having Cushing’s disease. Would you recommend taking him to a specialist?   We plan to go ahead with treatments. He has all the normal symptoms that we read about except for losing hair. Greatly appreciate your input.

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Hi. Isn't he just the cutest!  Cushings (hyper-adrenalcortisolism) is a common condition so I am going to go out on a limb and say your regular vet is very experienced in treating this disease. Unless there are other health conditions complicating it, I don't think a specialist is necessary. However, second opinions are always good and if you can afford it and it makes you sleep better, I am all for it. If there is a tumour causing it, there may be a surgical treatment. Doing a thorough workup (not just exam and blood tests but x-rays and perhaps advanced imaging) is very important.

The most important is staying on top of it; regular exams and blood tests to make sure it is under control.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Karel

 

 


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 Jim andrews
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@karel-carnohan 

thanks so much for your response. We are getting blood work done and his dosage has been tweaked.

At 12 we’ve elected not to do the surgery. He’s comfortable happy and a great friend. One interesting problem we are having is his brother likes to chew on the hair on his back for some odd reason. He does not mind and probably enjoys it. Is there any thing we can put on his hair which probably would change the taste of desirability for his brother? Obviously safe and not offensive to Teddy.


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 Dr. Karel
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Thank you for the update. I think you are wise to follow a conservative approach to Teddy's care if he is doing well. Be diligent about checking his blood levels and dose.

Hair chewing by other dog is not just grooming?  Is his brother swallowing the hair? Depending on where the chewing is, putting something on Teddy's hair runs the risk of Teddy licking it too. Bitter Apple is a product that many people use. It is relatively safe but not all pets are turned off by it. There are a few of these sprays on the market. My sister uses chile powder or Tabasco sauce but I think that might be a bit cruel. Just make sure whatever you use is safe for the dogs and for you.

Dr. Karel


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 Jim andrews
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Thanks, we ordered the bitter apple. His brother appears to be chewing on the hair but not breaking it off. We’ll see you see better Apple does the trick.


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