Maggie, September 9th, 2011
Your Long and Short of it All hostess 'Maggie' is in the hospital again, took her in yesterday morning. Her appetite has been decreasing for several months, she often won't eat a meal, or will eat just half a meal; she is fed twice a day. The last few weeks have been worse, she will skip a meal, and then hardly eat any of the next meal, but then sometimes she would eat a whole meal. She didn't eat anything at all Wednesday or Thursday - her raw meat, tried plain raw turkey from the grocery store which she likes, tried cooking it, and that seemed to help, and then added some cooked fat free eggs, and she would like that, but only maybe 5 or 6 very small bites - and chewing it instead of gulping it. Even tried kibble and canned dog food - she wouldn't touch it.
With her Cushing's disease, you would think that maybe she is being overdosed on her meds, which would cause her to not be hungry, but she was also drinking lots of water the last week like a Cushing's dog would do, and even had a few accidents in the house because of it, which is totally not like her.
So took her in for an ACTH stimulation test to see where her levels are for Cushing's, and also a blood panel. It turns out that her pancreatitis is back, which Cushing's predisposes her to. This is bad news because now it seems that her pancreas is becoming a chronic issue. Her diet hasn't varied at all, she gets her low-fat raw food, and low-fat snacks, that's all.
Not sure how long she'll be in the hospital - her amylase and lipase values are very high, and the vet usually keeps pancreatitis cases in for 4 days with no food, just IV hydration, to let the pancreas rest and hopefully get better. She was drinking water at home this week though, so maybe she can come home early since she was doing that, and continue her on the no-food for a few more days and then look at her amylase and lipase values again. Will know more by tomorrow probably.
Her pancreas simply must get better. Damn Cushing's Disease.