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LABS4ME - Addison's

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Ken, I've been lurking on the FM forums for going on 4 years or so. My dog (6 1/2 year old Chocolate) has been diagnosed with Addison's this week. You have been a knowledgeable source for a lot of things Labrador and I would really like to talk to someone about this affliction and outcome. Here in Fargo (I live in Moorhead), we have found absolutely no cocrete information as to the possible quality of life my dog will be subjected to during the treatment of Addison's.

If you would have the time and could call I would so appreciate it.

My number is Home - 218-233-1819. Please feel free to call collect.

Chris

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Chris, I have a choc. lab also that was diagnosed with addison's this past November, she is 3 years old. First off don't panic to much, I certainlly did at first also, but just ask your vet questions on how to treat the addison's your dog has. My dog has the Percorten shot every 30 days to regulate the adrenal gland, I eventually weaned her off the Prednisone steroroid and she has been doing great, she acts, eats, plays like a normal dog. Sometimes I'll give her a Prednisone before she does heavy play in water. One time she had an incident after fetching in water for a couple hours, she would fall down as if she had no control over her muscles, almost as if she was "drunk", but after a short nap in the shade she was just fine, my vet told me to just give her a prednisone pill before she puts to much stress on her body. The vet does check her electrolytes every 2 months and they have been fine with her medication shot of percorten. From what I have read about this disease is that every dog is different on how they respond to the medication, I worked with my vet closely the first 3 months to make sure we had her on the right track to live with the disease. Good luck, if you have some questions leave your e-mail on here and I can forward you my cell number.

Travis

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What is it? How do the labs get it? Is this something with knowledge can be avoided? born with it?

sorry about all the questions but i want to be informed of anything that my lab can get.

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Kallista,

I believe they are born with it. I am not sure if there are any enviromental factors that can contribute to the disease or not, I am only minimally aware of it.

Chris,

I will call you tomorrow. Hope that is O.K. Had a LONG day at work and I'm going to help my son finish his homework, feed the dogs and get some early shut-eye. I hope I can be of help to you, but I have never had to deal with Addison's. Hang in there...! From what I do know, it seems to be a disease they can live with... I'm sure others reading this have dealt with it, like Travis. I hope they can chime in to offer up some suggestions on how they treated their dogs, once they were diagnosed with it. The vast array of knowledge and experiences on this forum is incredible. I have to admit it is one of the better dog forums that I am aware of. I'll talk to you tomorrow, give the pooch a tussle on the head for me!

Good Luck!

Ken

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Hooked, wonderful news your girl is doing well! Hug her close and enjoy the hunt. If not hunting, I'm sure she's still showered with love.

Ken, I do appreciate the response back. I wrote that yesterday from work in the am due to the fact that Jack was going downhill fast. Everything started last Sat. morning as we realized he hadn,t eaten for two days. He spent all weekend at emergency care and the initial IV's seemed to help. They put him on Prednizone Mon am and that was to help stimulate his appetite as well as hopefully help his condition to stabilize. He was in again Tues for IV and the vets ordered up the first injection to take which was to happen on Mon 10/8. In the meantime, He was to take the pill form (5 a day) and did that for the past two days. Long story short, still no appetite, no food in him, pooping soup since Sunday, massive weight loss (89 lbs down to 72), was not responding to the steroids, system went critical and unfortunately Ringer's Captain Jack was released from earthly bonds on Thursday 10/04/07/ 2:24pm.

Still trying to grasp he's gone and can't quite cope.

My youngest daughter just passed her Hunter's Safety this past spring and it was a given her first bird shot was going to be over Jack. I miss the cliks of nails on the floor.

Love this site and the people on it. I don't post much but have come to really appreciate those who are on here.

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I'm very very sorry for your loss. Hang in there.

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grapeape,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is definitely not an easy time, I will be thinking of you and your family.

Hang in there and best wishes.

"hooks"

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I didnt expect your last post,it sounded like he would be ok compared to other dogs in the same situation. i am so very sorry to hear and i hope your family takes it well. Its deffinately a tear jerker hearing a dog go that way.

take care

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Oh man...My condolences

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Chris,

I'm sorry to hear of your loss! I had no idea Jack was in the condition he was in. I hope Jack is up chasing all the ducks and roosters to his hearts content. Hang in there, brighter days are on the horizon...

I left you a message on your phone too... let me know if I can be of help...

God Speed to " Ringer's Captain Jack "

Ken

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Sorry for your loss, never easy losing a best friend. confused.gif

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That brought tears to my eyes. i am so sorry your buddy is gone. I don't know what to say.. saying sorry just doesn't seem enough As any member of your family he will be in your heart for ever. One of a kind for sure. If i can be of help please just email me.. Ladyangelwolf@gmail.com.

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Grapeape, sorry about the loss of your lab, this disease can take a toll if not treated urgently, I was hoping to hear better news.

Hooked

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grapeape,

I am very sorry to hear of your lost, I just lost my girl Bailey two months ago. I am still struggling to come to grip with the fact, I still hear and see her everywhere. Things will get better with time, it is impossible although to ever replace them.

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hey Dustin, is that the girl you kept out of the litter?

And the darker one is the male from GB?

I will be sending you some pics of Hunter

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Grapeape,

Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you & your family.

Best regards,

Chris

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