We thank all of you for your words of support regarding Finlay and “his Cushing’s Disease”. It unfortunately came far too soon after the loss of our beloved Gus, but life can be that cruel and so we continue to take each day as it comes and cherish each and every moment.
Some of you have asked for more in-depth details about Finlay and his Cushings, so Bobby reports as follows:
After his first ACTH Stim test he was given 30mg of Vetoryl, with a repeat Stim test due 10 days later. His blood count was extremely high. The cost of these 14 days of meds was £23.00
After the second ACTH Stim Test (20th July), his blood results have dropped, but not to within the “safer” range we would have hoped for. So our wonderful Vet has increased Fin’s vetoryl to 40mg per day, with another Stim test in two weeks (3rd August). The cost for the increase and for another 2 weeks of meds is £33.00, making approx £56.00 a month for vetoryl. Perhaps this cost will decrease should the vetoryl decrease in potency.
The weather wasn’t too good here in the UK so we couldn’t assess Fin’s walking ability – he usually did “emergency stops” and would take time getting his breath back before carrying on. The one walk we did manage he seemed to enjoy so much, that there’s a buoyant feeling that the vetoryl is working.
As far as food is concerned – he still thoroughly enjoys his breakfast and dinner and if given the chance, would eat lots more.
So, things look promising here, and paws and fingers are crossed that the next blood/ACTH test will prove the case.
We do hope that those of you “suffering” with Cushings are able to report good progress – please let us know, as we are all one big happy blog family.
Lots of RoooOOoodles from the Sparhawks