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My Goldendoodle was diagnosed with Addison's Disease.

At this point we are trying with our vet to stabilize our Molly.  I have had issues with Molly from the moment we got her.  From the moment I got her we had to call her breeder.   We discussed her lack of eating, vomiting, diarrhea, and after 5 years we finally have an answer.   I received a text a few months back from another breeder that I should have Molly checked for Addisons because it ran in her pedigree.  I called our vet and after an ACTH test,  we found out she has Addisons.  Five years of illnesses, exploratory surgery, and near death situations where she had to be IV'd and hospitalized.  I cannot tell you the thousands of dollars we have spent to what seemed no avail.   I am frustrated, depressed about this, and struggling with her meds (titration) and incontinence.    We love her so much, and wish we could have alleviated five years of heartache and suffering on her part and ours.  It was very stressful running to emergency clinics and our vet every time we had a situation.   My hope is that if your pet vomits sometimes, turns away from their food, has occasionally diarrhea, diagnosed with giardia or IBS or coilitis, acts lethargic, etc.  check and make sure their pedigree doesn't have Addison's Disease, AND realize that it is NOT just in standard pooldes.  Molly's lineage had minature poodles.  Addison's is a horrible disease and extremely costly to diagnose and treat.  

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Comment by Lake Girl, Lizette on January 27, 2014 at 12:05pm

Addisons is not curable but treatable.  The disease will be a life long commitment of care and close supervision.  I am more frustrated by the fact we never got any clue until a breeder gave me an indication that there could be an issues with Molly and her pedigree.  Apparently it was true.  I will be contacting various affiliations in the future.  Addisons is controlled only through careful is genetically passed on and affects  the autoimmune system of a dog.   We almost lost Molly several times.  

Comment by Beverly and Eli on January 27, 2014 at 11:12am

Oh my I am so sorry this dragged on for so long. How difficult and heartbreaking it must have been. I am relieved that you now have an answer but it sounds like her troubles are not really over. Keep us updated on her treatment and condition. I'll be thinking about you both.

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on January 27, 2014 at 10:50am

So sorry to hear of Molly's problem.  Good on ya to show the love required in a situation like this.  Can the vet control the situation ?  Is Addison's cureable ?

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