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Old 08-17-2018, 06:00 PM
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Hi again. I don't have any advice or info for you today, but I just wanted to write you and tell you that I am so sorry that you are having all these medical issues with your baby. I can only imagine how hard that must be for you guys.

Going to the vet can be so stressful (and so expensive!) I had to do that with my soulmate dog Athena who got sick at age 14 and no one could figure it out, and they kept wanting to do more and more super high dollar tests, which would have stressed her even more. I even took her to a "natural" or homeopathic vet to see if they could offer some alternative help or comfort for her. (did not help...but that is another story) The whole ordeal quite honestly was heartbreaking. I just wanted he to be well again. I feel for you in you current situation.

I am sending you and Reeses healing thoughts and prayers. I hope you guys figure out what is ailing her and can help her to feel better soon.

Please know we care and keep us updated. I know it is hard, but we are rooting for Reeses!!
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:30 AM
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Thank you all for your continued replies. I think she may have taken a turn in the right direction. I started giving her more water than we already do.... now she did have two accidents in the house ( a lot of pee both times), but for the most part, she was going outside. I have let her free in the laundry room, closing the door, leaving her cushion bed in there/crate open and lots of pee pads down....she went on the pee pads, but nicely kept herself clean, which was nice on my part!! So, i am going to continue that. I read about Cushions, that does sound like her. The problem with taking the advice with taking her to a specialist is money. I've spoken with my vet in great detail - and she said unless we are going to do extensive testing, we won't know. I was just curious for more opinions on this site....Thank you again!
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:36 PM
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The testing for Cushing's is done and treated by my regular vet for my horse. Not a specialist. The testing for diabetes insipidus which causes excessive drinking is different from regular diabetes testing, but I think can also be done by a regular vet as well.
The only treatment for Cushing's is a medication, and removing all sugars from their diet. They also get tested to see if their systems can handle sugar or not. It's a disease of the metabolism and much more common with age. Symptoms can be atypical and very dramatic like with my old horse.
But it's a progressive and fatal diseases without the treatment and the test isn't that expensive, especially compared to how much you've already spent.
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