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One of my sister's dogs, Chichi the Obese Rebel Chihuahua. has been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease. It's affecting her adrenal glands.

My sister's vet is wanting to take fairly aggressive action against the Cushing's, but my sister is pretty hesitant. Chichi is no spring chicken - she's at least 13 and possibly 14 years old, and her health isn't the best.

So surgery is definitely out, but my sister is having some doubts about whether treating it with drugs is even a good option --- i.e., what kinds of side effects are they looking at, etc. If possible, she'd just like to leave Chichi be and not treat, but she's concerned that might be an even worse decision that treating.

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Has anyone here ever dealt with Cushing's? Any sage advice for my sister or comments on the kinds of drug therapies available and the side effects they might be looking at (if any)?
 

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\"Only the Good Die Young\".  
LOL! That definitely describes Chichi --- she's a whooper!

But it doesn't sound like Hansel has had any problem with negative side effects. That was my sister's concern, that the cure might be worse than the disease. So thanks! That's good to know. :)
 

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Like Hansel, Chichi is a cranky old broad :D . She drinks excessively and pees way too much, although she isn't a flooder. ?. Her weight is distributed oddly, not so much pot-bellied but more that too much is around her shoulder area --- not sure how to describe --- she doesn't really have the shape of a dog anymore, but more of a tiny wrestler.

The thing is, she's had these symptoms for as long as we can remember. Chichi was a spur of the moment pound doggie that my sister got maybe 5 years ago? But the vet has only now diagnosed Cushing's, which I find kind of peculiar, even though her symptoms seem to fit.

The Dr. Mike articles reflect my sister's thinking pretty much. I think her main concern is whether the progression of the disease would be worse than the treatment, or vice versa. It sounds like it might be a bit of a toss up.
 

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Thanks, Betsy --- great resource. From the bit of reading I did there, it looks like my sister's going to have to really think this over. No clearcut answers, IOW, but a fair tilt toward treatment. Maybe the e-list will help clarify things a bit.

Poor Chichi! :(
 
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