PDA

View Full Version : My dog taz



Sparko
07-18-2016, 12:56 PM
He is nearly 13 years old. Best pirate dog in the world.

But he is aging quickly. Over the last few months he has been losing his hearing and now his vision is starting to go (well it has gone pretty far already). He can still hear a bit, but doesn't seem to be able to pick out direction or make out specific words except for sit, go, no.

He has some slight cataracts but they are not bad enough to affect his vision. But he still is almost blind, especially when coming in from bright sunlight into a darkened room. It will take him around 1/2 an hour to see anything at all. After that he can make out shapes and motion and get around the house, but he still stumbles here and there. I will probably be taking him to an ophthalmologist if I can afford it. The problem is that they will most likely just tell me it is his retinas degenerating due to age and there is nothing to be done. I have been giving him some vitamins to see if that helps.

And now, after my vet told me to get some expensive tests done ($300) I find out he has Cushing Disease. It is caused mostly by a benign pituitary gland tumor that causes too much stress hormones which causes high blood pressure, muscle weakness, could have contributed to the early hearing and vision loss, and other bad things.

So he is on medicine, Veteryl 30mg, which costs $90/month at the vet, and $52 online. And he has to be retested in 14 days to see if it is the right dose (another $300 test) and then in another 14 days if the dose has to be changed (another $300) or in 4 to 6 months if the dose is correct. I pray the dose is correct.

I bought him a ramp because he seemed to be having trouble going down the steps on the deck (3 steps) - but he seems to be having more trouble with the ramp. He fell off the side of the ramp a couple of times already, even though it has some low rails on it. I might just return the thing.

But overall, he doesn't seem to be bothered by it all. He even seems to snuggle up to me more, because that way he knows where I am. He never was an active dog, so his routine hasn't changed much. Lay around the house, go outside, eat, sleep.

As long as I can afford his medical care and he seems to still be enjoying life, I will not put him down.

Pray for him for me though, that God lets him keep whatever hearing and vision he still has, or makes them better.

DesertBerean
07-18-2016, 12:57 PM
:pray:

mossrose
07-18-2016, 12:59 PM
:hug:

:pray:

One Bad Pig
07-18-2016, 01:00 PM
:pray:

Sparko
07-18-2016, 01:02 PM
it is getting pretty expensive. That is why I am reluctant to take him to the eye doctors to be charged several more hundred dollars to be told "yep he is going blind. nothing we can do about it. here's your bill"

Sparko
07-18-2016, 01:04 PM
If someone can find a reputable source for the vetoryl (generic: trilostane) 30mg/60 capsules for less than $52US, let me know. That is if they don't change his dose.

LostSheep
07-18-2016, 01:45 PM
:pray:

rogue06
07-18-2016, 02:21 PM
it is getting pretty expensive. That is why I am reluctant to take him to the eye doctors to be charged several more hundred dollars to be told "yep he is going blind. nothing we can do about it. here's your bill"
One thing to consider is finding out what the cost difference is for different dosages is. For instance for one medicine a dog I had years ago the price was the same for 50 mg as it was for 100 mg so the vet prescribed the higher dosage and I used a pill cutter (there at any drug store/pharmacy and are cheap). Basically cut the price in half.

Cow Poke
07-18-2016, 02:59 PM
He is nearly 13 years old. Best pirate dog in the world.

But he is aging quickly. Over the last few months he has been losing his hearing and now his vision is starting to go (well it has gone pretty far already). He can still hear a bit, but doesn't seem to be able to pick out direction or make out specific words except for sit, go, no.

He has some slight cataracts but they are not bad enough to affect his vision. But he still is almost blind, especially when coming in from bright sunlight into a darkened room. It will take him around 1/2 an hour to see anything at all. After that he can make out shapes and motion and get around the house, but he still stumbles here and there. I will probably be taking him to an ophthalmologist if I can afford it. The problem is that they will most likely just tell me it is his retinas degenerating due to age and there is nothing to be done. I have been giving him some vitamins to see if that helps.

And now, after my vet told me to get some expensive tests done ($300) I find out he has Cushing Disease. It is caused mostly by a benign pituitary gland tumor that causes too much stress hormones which causes high blood pressure, muscle weakness, could have contributed to the early hearing and vision loss, and other bad things.

So he is on medicine, Veteryl 30mg, which costs $90/month at the vet, and $52 online. And he has to be retested in 14 days to see if it is the right dose (another $300 test) and then in another 14 days if the dose has to be changed (another $300) or in 4 to 6 months if the dose is correct. I pray the dose is correct.

I bought him a ramp because he seemed to be having trouble going down the steps on the deck (3 steps) - but he seems to be having more trouble with the ramp. He fell off the side of the ramp a couple of times already, even though it has some low rails on it. I might just return the thing.

But overall, he doesn't seem to be bothered by it all. He even seems to snuggle up to me more, because that way he knows where I am. He never was an active dog, so his routine hasn't changed much. Lay around the house, go outside, eat, sleep.

As long as I can afford his medical care and he seems to still be enjoying life, I will not put him down.

Pray for him for me though, that God lets him keep whatever hearing and vision he still has, or makes them better.

I will ask Jake to pray for Taz. And I will be praying for both of you.

Cerebrum123
07-18-2016, 03:14 PM
:pray:

Catholicity
07-18-2016, 03:32 PM
Aww Sparky. many prayers

Teallaura
07-18-2016, 06:06 PM
:pray:

Sparko
07-18-2016, 06:16 PM
One thing to consider is finding out what the cost difference is for different dosages is. For instance for one medicine a dog I had years ago the price was the same for 50 mg as it was for 100 mg so the vet prescribed the higher dosage and I used a pill cutter (there at any drug store/pharmacy and are cheap). Basically cut the price in half.
these are capsules so no cutting

Teallaura
07-18-2016, 06:33 PM
these are capsules so no cutting
Does it only come in capsules?

ke7ejx
07-18-2016, 07:02 PM
Love you, Sparkles. Praying for you and Taz!

Sparko
07-19-2016, 06:42 AM
Does it only come in capsules?as far as I know.

Cow Poke
07-19-2016, 06:59 AM
these are capsules so no cutting

On a side note, I keep some rudimentary first aid stuff in my truck, along with a comprehensive first aid kit in the back. I was checking my bottle of Advil Liqui-Gel, just to see how many were left in there. They were all "clumped together" due to the Texas heat. I stuck my finger in the bottle to see if they were STUCK stuck, or if they were just kinda stuck together. One of them burst open, and I got that stuff on my finger.

OK, it was dumb, but I licked the stuff off my finger, and .... WOW.... that was some of the NASTIEST tasting stuff I've ever put in my mouth! :eww:

So, under no circumstances, cut open the gel ones. :yes:

Teallaura
07-19-2016, 07:46 AM
If someone can find a reputable source for the vetoryl (generic: trilostane) 30mg/60 capsules for less than $52US, let me know. That is if they don't change his dose.
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Trilostane+Compounded-prod90185.html

Compounded at 50 mg - but a tablet so it is possible that there is a tablet size more suitable (or an option if he does need a higher dose)

Sparko
07-19-2016, 07:55 AM
http://www.1800petmeds.com/Trilostane+Compounded-prod90185.html

Compounded at 50 mg - but a tablet so it is possible that there is a tablet size more suitable (or an option if he does need a higher dose)thanks. I will check around.