Life expectancy for dogs with Addison’s disease | Pets & Animals Health discussions | General center (2022)

By rubylock346757 | 48 posts, last post over a year ago

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I get the prescription for Florinef from my GP, 2 bottles with 100 tablets each costs less than $6.00.
I don't agree that they need a blood test every time and my dog hates the vet so much that she slips into crisis with every visit that adds another three hundred bucks to the bill.

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My 5 yr old terrier was diagnosed with Addisons a couple of yrs ago. It has taken quite a while to get the right level of injection required because this differs for each dog, but persevere because when the vet finds the correct dosage, you should not notice much difference than before. Be very vigilant for any symptoms e.g. lethargy loose stools etc, and your dog should go on to live a happy life no matter what age . Just enjoy the time you'll have with your 4 legged freind. Hope this helps

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Florinef no longer available to buy that cheap in the U.K. So my dog has an injection once a month blood test every 3 x

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Our dog was diagnosed with Addisons Disease at 6mths old and lived a happy and healthy life till 14yrs of age. He responded fantastically to treatment, which was a daily course of Florinef and Prednisolone it took a good 12mths for them to get his dosage correct whichever involved a number of vet admissions and blood tests. 12mths before he passed he was receiving the injection every 30 days which he responded too. We made the sad decision to put him to sleep 6mths ago but this was not a result orb his addisons.

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I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis of Addison's disease. I just had to put my dog down after being diagnosed with the disease about six years ago. My dog was found to have it at about 20 months old. Keep up regularly with your 28 day Percortin-V injections. They should also have a small daily dose of Pred, but don't give the dog too much. Feed your dog a grain free food as well. Don't give your dog heavy injections due to its weaker immune system, the less the better. We gave just the rabies shot because we had to.
Womers are fine. Offer lots of water, the dog will crave it and it helps flush out its system.

You must be wondering why I had to put my dog down. The dog will live a fairly normal and happy life with Addison's. However, what helps keep them alive also eventually will destroy their liver. That is what happened to mine. The enzymes of the liver will start to elevate after two or so years to 400-650. This will be found in regular blood tests every six months or so. I also had to put my dog of synthroid due to his thyroid gland also going out of normal, this is relatively cheap. The injection for my dog was about $50 for a 90 lbs dog. The company who makes it will discount this Percortin to the vet if he contacts the company. All in all, I am not sorry about keeping this wonderful addition to my family alive and I would have done it all again with him in a heartbeat. Good luck with whatever decision you make, I hope this helps.

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I have a Goldendoodle with Addison's. I am very confused. The vet said she would have a normal life. I don't think she is happy. She is on steroids, and went from 65 pounds to 90.5 in 7 months. She lays around all day. I am torn as to what to do. Do I keep her in this state? What made you say goodbye to your great Pyrenees? If you don't mind me asking?

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My Goldendoodle has Addison's. She went from 65-90.5 pounds in 7 months. I am paying over $200 a month to keep her alive. Is this prescription the same for humans as canines?

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I have a female Chihuahua that was diagnosed with Addison's between 4-6 months old. She will be 14 yrs old this coming September 2017. She remains in a stable condition with medication daily, a monthly hormone shot and a good diet. I won't say it has been inexpensive unfortunately, it is not her fault she has this disease.
She has been the sweetest most loving pet I have ever owned..she has been worth every dollar.

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There is no cure for Addison's. You just live with it. My dog was diagnosed last year and she is 4 years old. If the meds are given every 12 hours consistently and your dog is monitored every 6 months, it should live a long healthy life. Of course a healthy diet is important and a good balance of exercise and rest will also help.

She was extremely underweight because she had stopped eating along with diarrheal and vomiting.Her first family were not giving her meds consistently. Consistency is the key.

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Amazing! I have a pitbull mix and he's only 3 years old. We only found out last year that he had Addissons. He is such a great dog. We feel so blessed to have rescued him and enjoy every day with him. He loves walking. people, and other dogs. Hope we have many more days ahead with him. Thank you for the encouragement.

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Our purebred Scottish Terrier was diagnosed in 2015 at age 7 with Addison's. I would say he was in critical condition when he was diagnosed. He has been treated with prednisone daily pill and a once monthly injection of steroids for over 2 years now. Other than an increase in his weight (roughly 10 %) due to the prednisone, he remains active and energetic. The meds are costly but with pet insurance coverage it is very manageable financially. We have a complete blood work done every 6 months to monitor his condition. Our vet is very pleased with the outcome and so are we.

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My Chihuahua is 16 with Addison. I adopted her when she was over 10, an abused little girl in bad shape. My vet prescribed a minescule piece of prednisone every other day. She is very active and full of fun. My vet is my hero. I called to put her down a couple months ago. He said a very strong NO and to bring her to him. She was up and around by day 2.

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We almost lost our Westie over the weekend due to this unknown disease for our dog. The vet has literaly ressucitated our dog. She is still under intensive care and just started her hormonal therapy. I hope she will have a normal life now.

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Hi, our dog will be 19 years old in September. She was diagnosed with Addisons Disease in April.
She is very thin, but continues to eat. She mostly lays and sleeps
We are keeping her comfortable.

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I also am sad to hear of our loving pets getting so sick. My dog has addisons disease and was diagnosed 3 years ago. Our vet prescribed fludrocortisone 0.1 mg. She takes 1 1/2 tablets 2 times a day. She is going to be 9 in January. She is in great health. She does have a very sensitive stomach. She will only eat boiled chicken and macaroni. Talk to your vet about this medicine. I will warn you the medicine is 99.00 a month. I hope this helps anyone that can help their pet. I budget the money so I have it for her every month.

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Are dogs with Addison's disease in pain? ›

The most commonly reported symptoms of Addison's disease, which can vary dramatically from dog to dog, include loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, listlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, hind-end pain, muscle weakness, tremors, shivering, increased thirst, excessive urination, a painful or sensitive abdomen, muscle or ...

How long does it take for a dog to recover from an Addisonian crisis? ›

Fortunately, dogs usually feel better within several days of treatment, and most symptoms of Addison's disease are gone within two to four weeks. The majority of patients have a good prognosis and once they've been stabilized with the appropriate medications, most dogs resume normal lives.

Does Addison's disease in dogs cause kidney failure? ›

Dogs with Addison's disease can also experience decreased heart rates with possible heart arrhythmias, which results in poor circulation, and kidney damage secondary to high potassium levels.

What can you do for a dog with Addison's crisis? ›

Dogs going through an Addisonian crisis are typically treated with intravenous fluid therapy to correct electrolyte disturbances, steroids, and medications to correct abnormal heart rhythms. This treatment usually leads to a good chance of recovery and dogs tend to respond quickly.

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