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My vet wastelling me today that he is seeing an awful lot of Cushings Disease these days andas he put it, ":What the hell is going on that so many dogs are coming down with thisl."

Also, he is seeing a lot of pancreitits from people giving their dogs fatty foods, etc. Said some like to give their dogs los of table scrpas that are way to fatty, etc.

AND this is a new one on him and he learned it at a conference thing. He has had a couple of dogs and cats with false pregnacies. Even down to producing milk. He had not a clue what was going on. Then he was at this seminar and was told that pets can pick up estrogen from their owners who are taking it. And sure enough, he found the one he is treating now, one of those hairless cats, owner is on estrogen. He was told at the seminar that they pick up just by owner rubbing them, it comes thru their pores into the aniamls. He ahd never heard of or thought such a thing possible.
 

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Well at least they're safe from that one.... definitely no estrogen around here!!!! rofl
 

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The specialist thinks my old guy might have cushings. I am waiting to have his lump clear up before we do any testing. He has an infection/something going on with a lump on his chest and has been being treated for 6 - 8 weeks now.:(

He got pancreatitis because of a change in dog food Sept. 1st. No table scraps since he got pancreatitis from that 3 years ago and I learned my lesson. I sure did not think dog food could cause it too.:uhoh: He now gets W/D only.

My goofy mare lactates 10 months out of the year. She doggone sure isn't getting estrogen from me, but once again the vet has no idea what is going on.

I think more people are taking better care of their animals and therefore the vets are seeing more "esoteric" issues that have been ignored before.
I think Copper's issues are due to him having his spleen removed last February. I have been told to just ignore the mare's symptoms since "some mares are just real hormonal".

I'm happy we aren't having more serious issues, but I know the vets have been being baffled by my critters' issues.
 

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yep, my vet says we're "in uncharted territory" with my spleen-less Toby, too. There just aren't that many dogs around without spleens for them to have any real knowledge about how it effects them over the long term.


The specialist thinks my old guy might have cushings. I am waiting to have his lump clear up before we do any testing. He has an infection/something going on with a lump on his chest and has been being treated for 6 - 8 weeks now.:(

He got pancreatitis because of a change in dog food Sept. 1st. No table scraps since he got pancreatitis from that 3 years ago and I learned my lesson. I sure did not think dog food could cause it too.:uhoh: He now gets W/D only.

My goofy mare lactates 10 months out of the year. She doggone sure isn't getting estrogen from me, but once again the vet has no idea what is going on.

I think more people are taking better care of their animals and therefore the vets are seeing more "esoteric" issues that have been ignored before.
I think Copper's issues are due to him having his spleen removed last February. I have been told to just ignore the mare's symptoms since "some mares are just real hormonal".

I'm happy we aren't having more serious issues, but I know the vets have been being baffled by my critters' issues.
 

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All of my rescues go in one day from bottom of the barrel, minimal protein food (ie Beneful or Pedigree) to grainfree or raw. I can honestly say I haven't ever had a problem. Ever. I do give the dogs metronidazole when they come in, though, since it is Florida and most dogs I get in do have a parasite load. I simply treat them for everything. Helps keep my dogs and my family safe, too. So, I can't prove that the gut calming effects of metronidazole are not why I never have problems switching food. Once dogs have been here a while, the good food and care makes their guts pretty much iron. Never had a problem switching one of my own dogs (and no, I don't give them metronidazole routinely- I'm pretty reluctant to use antibiotics on my dogs, and they do get good bacteria added to their food daily).

I have often wondered what my secret is in this area. I get asked a lot and the metronidazole is the only thing I can think of as to why brand new dogs never get sick when I switch them. I am pretty sure my personal dogs don't simply because they're used to top notch food and raw, and they're very healthy.
 

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It probably is the metronidazole, I have some here all the time. If Tito gets too many odd treats in a day (at a show, for ex) I just pop him one for a day or two and he's fine. Otherwise, look out.....

All of my rescues go in one day from bottom of the barrel, minimal protein food (ie Beneful or Pedigree) to grainfree or raw. I can honestly say I haven't ever had a problem. Ever. I do give the dogs metronidazole when they come in, though, since it is Florida and most dogs I get in do have a parasite load. I simply treat them for everything. Helps keep my dogs and my family safe, too. So, I can't prove that the gut calming effects of metronidazole are not why I never have problems switching food. Once dogs have been here a while, the good food and care makes their guts pretty much iron. Never had a problem switching one of my own dogs (and no, I don't give them metronidazole routinely- I'm pretty reluctant to use antibiotics on my dogs, and they do get good bacteria added to their food daily).

I have often wondered what my secret is in this area. I get asked a lot and the metronidazole is the only thing I can think of as to why brand new dogs never get sick when I switch them. I am pretty sure my personal dogs don't simply because they're used to top notch food and raw, and they're very healthy.
 
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