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update on Django

Well, we had 7 days of no episodes. Slept thru the night like a baby. Took him yesterday for an ultrasound and our monthly visit and everything looked great. Found out he has acid-reflux. Took a video of him with my phone the day before of this weird gagging he does, showed it to the vet and that's what he's got.

Well, Django got up this morning at 12:56 a.m. and we haven't slept since. What i noticed this time that i had not the other nights was that his shaking starts from the moment he wakes up. I leaned over to pet him and he was trembling. We went out, he peed came in and hasn't stopped shaking.

I also gave him half the dose of the pain med. that was recommended by the vet. Oh boy, what a mistake, thank god i gave him only 1/2 the dose. About 2 hours into it, he was spacey, still shaking and drooling like I've never seen a dog drool before. He was so sedated he couldn't even walk, he was doing more of a crawl vs. a walk to try to stretch. Needless to say i called the ER vet and unfortunately what Django was experiencing with this pain med was typical. She gave me a few suggestions which i did and that seemed to help. That's when he settled in for a bit. I couldn't tell if the rest of the nights episode was from what was going on in his belly or the pain meds, it really did a number on him. Needless to say, that's the first and last time we are using those. He finally settled in around 3:45 and slept till 5:00

Not sure where to go from here. The vet has literally checked every nook and cranny on my dog. I thought maybe it could be gastritis? Going to keep an eye on him, take notes on what we do today. I think i forgot to give him a little treat before bedtime last night but I can't believe that would have triggered this. Anyways, still searching the internet for clues. He's so out of it this morning he won't even take his turkey with his daily meds. Will have to try giving them a big later this morning. I think we are both going to need a nap today.
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I haven't been on the boards lately, so I didn't know anything was up with Django. I hope you get to the bottom of this and that he feels better.

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Thanks, me too. He's so out of it today, I think the pain meds are still in his system.
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Hope Django is feeling better soon!

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That has got to be such a helpless feeling. I hope you discover what has been bothering him soon.

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I know this is frustrating for you and miserable for Django. I hope you can both get some relief soon. Do you happen to have a University Vet Clinic near enough to have him checked out?

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I know this is frustrating for you and miserable for Django. I hope you can both get some relief soon. Do you happen to have a University Vet Clinic near enough to have him checked out?
Exactly what I was going to suggest, how far are you from the University of Florida? Or the University of Alabama? You need some expert help here I think...not downplaying your vet, but sincerely think something is wrong other than what you have discovered...keep us posted.

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well, i am always open for a second opinion however, i believe my dog is in the best hands. they are truly the best clinic in the area and are doing everything to get to the bottom of this. this is where people go to for a second opinion.

Today we met with my other vet at the clinic who is my sub when my regular vet is out and he believes that since we have literally looked into every nook and craney in my dog, and have done all the test he would recommend, this is a symptom of his addisons. i learned today that addisonian dogs are known for having tremors non stop. you have to understand, Django is not your "typical" addisonian dog. Even the behaviorist who is from another clinic and known coast to coast for her expertise in SA (she helped me with Django and his SA) has commented on how difficult his case is and has become.

The vet believes that he may have now developed a more typical form of addisions where he needs prednisone on a more regular basis. He currently gets it as needed. sometimes it's every week, some times it's once a month. sometimes i just give it to him when i leave him for the weekend with the dog sitter. He has had in addition to the tremors other typical addisons symptoms, not eating, a little low in the energy department. so the plan is to give him a dose larger dose of pred. to boost his system. i was not comfortable with the vet giving the dose he recommended via shot and asked him if i could up his dose a bit each day until i saw improvement. keep in mind, he is still receiving way below the level most addisons dogs his size would receive. he was comfortable with this and said to call my regular vet and him on tuesday with an update.
i believe the pain meds Buprenex did a number on him last night. i think it's going to take the rest of the day to get him out of this funk. he is resting comfortably, finally drank water, i was giving him water via syringe, had a small treat so hopefully will have a bit of an appetite tonight after the prednisone kicks in. hopefully the rest of the day is uneventful! why do these things happen on the day of a snow storm?
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((((( Django! )))))))) <3




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Recently I received in the mail the news letter from the Purina Pro Club. The feature article was on addison's disease.Apparently, malfunctioning adrenal glands are the source of the problem. There are 3 types, primary and atypical are most likely caused by immune-related damage to the adrenal glands. The 3rd type, secondary, is caused by tumors, long=term steroid use or failure of the pituitary gland to simulate the adrenals with andrenocorticotropic hormone. It goes on to say identifying the type through an ACTH stimulation test is important in order to provide proper treatment. this is a 2 page article and obviously has much more info.

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