Addison's disease, what a bummer, but it's good to finally have a probable diagnosis so Sophie can be treated effectively. Does the vet know yet if she has Typical (Primary adrenal form), Secondary (Pituitary form), or an Atypical form of Addison's?
Partial info from The Whole Dog Journal's article on Addison's
All the experts agree that a properly treated dog can live a normal, happy, healthy life despite Addison’s disease.
“Since stress can be an issue for dogs with Addison’s,” says Jenny Schultz, “caregivers may have to cut back on stressful activities depending on their dogs’ temperament. My Great Dane used to make therapy dog visits to a nursing home. She enjoyed the activity and it didn’t seem to stress her too much. A little extra prednisone as a boost and a good nap was all she needed to continue on with her day. She is by far the most active dog in our pack. Some dogs with Addison’s continue to compete in agility and obedience events with no problem after their condition has been stabilized.”
Dr. Karen Becker's take on Addison's: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...s-disease.aspx
More info I just read
about the challenge of diagnosing Addison's:
"Addison’s disease is not a common disease in pets or humans. Its mirror image, Cushing’s disease, is much more common. But veterinarians think and talk about Addison’s alot. That is because pets with Addison's come through our clinic doors pretending to have so many other health issues. It quite often takes repeated office visits, frustrated clients and perplexed veterinarians, before the light bulb comes on in our head and the word, Addison’s!!!, flashes through our minds. Once that happens, the diagnosis and treatment of your pet are usually quite straightforward."
And what may cause Addison's in some dogs:
"I see Addison’s disease more than I should in dogs that have received multiple injections of steroid hormone (Methylprednisolone acetate, aka Depo-Medrol) as a “quick fix” for itchy skin. NEVER allow that form of treatment for allergic skin problems (atopy) in your dog and think twice before attempting to relieve moderate itchy allergies with Atopica."