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Tanner went to vet on Saturday because of chronic diarrhea (now happening weekly) and he was having pain and distress. He was given meds which we tried to give him but since he won't eat, we were not successful.

This AM, after a miserable night for all of us, I took him back to vet. The vet says his symptoms indicate a possibility of Addison's disease. They are running blood tests on him to determine if they need to do the ACTH test for Addison's. They are also going to do an ultra-sound. The poor guy is so miserable...very lethargic. Hopefully by the end of today we may have some answers and what we can do to return him to his previous healthy, frisky self.
 

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awwwh...poor Tanner. I know nothing about Addison's disease so I read a quick article on the internet...sounds like it is very treatable...but of course it would be best to not have to medicate him. I hope everything goes well at the vet!!!
 

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I am sorry, Annie, but take heart...Addisons is treatable and is routinely consdiered when dogs have similar symptoms.
Addisons must be diagnosed by a series of tests, even if the blood test comes back positive, there are more tests...but testing and diagnosing doesn't really change anything...they treat it the same as they would with any intestinal upset...with diet change and pobiotics...so, if you change his diet, he should improve a lot...and often what was actually causing the problem goes away, not to return again...sometimes it isn't Addisons at all.
 
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Tanner feel better soon!

Annie: What are Tanner's symptoms. Maya has chronic diarrhea. We have changed foods 4 times and are now on Wellness. She just got over about a 2 week bout here recently. Her diet hasn't changed at all since she has been on Wellness.
 

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Our standard poodle had Addison's disease. She did not have intestinal issues at all. She nearly died from what they thought was renal failure before being properly diagnosed.

I believe Addison's is a deficiency of the adrenal gland but it may encompass a broader endocrine/hormone base. Our poodle had a hard time in stressful situations because she wasn't producing adrenaline. For example, every time she went to get her teeth cleaned, she'd run a high fever and get sent home.

She was put on medication to control the Addisons and let a fairly normal life.
The medication was expensive. If I remember, in the US the pills were about $2 each and she needed 3 per day! I found that I could order from a Canadian pharmacy at a fraction of that cost.

Please keep us updated. If I can be of more help, please ask!

Deb
 

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Yes, the doctor did mention stress and with selling our house, Tanner has really been stressed out. I also noticed that his weekly bouts with diarrhea started after grooming, daycare...that sort of thing. His symptoms are repeated bouts of diarrhea lately every week, fatigue, listless, pain, not eating. He will be up 3 or 4 times a night and when we take him outside he just paces back and forth. His stool has been negative the last 3 times.
 
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Annie:
I did a search on diarrhea on vetrinary partner and irritable bowel disease and irritable bowel syndome came up.

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Conten ... &C=0&A=598

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Conten ... &C=0&A=598

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Conten ... &C=0&A=677

I was thinking about getting Maya tested for these as her diarrhea is intermittant so I don't think it is due to diet. I hope Tanner is ok and you can find out what is causing this.

(I just posted these cause you said there might be a relation to stress so that could be the IBS one).
 

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Tanner's blood work and ultra sound did not indicate that the test for Addison's was necessary. The vet thinks what he has is IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome) and he thinks it is food allergy caused....something about the long protein molecules. He is being put on a special diet plus meds to get rid of the inflammation. He wants to try this for 2 months then he will re-check him and maybe eventually put him on another single protein food if he can tolerate it.

Hope this works...DH has gone to pick the poor guy up.
 

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oh ((((((((annie and tanner))))))))))))))
I sure you get to the cause of the problem and get Tanner back on track and feeling well again.

keep us posted honey
 

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Annieg, that is good news! Although Addisons is treatable, its not something I'd wish on any dog or person.

I hope Tanner starts feeling better soon!

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Oh Annie, prayers coming your way, poor dear Tanner

Hopefully the tests will come back to determine what the problem is, if it is addisons i believe that is treatable, hugs my friend
 

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well I'm glad to hear it may be something that can be corrected with a food change. What are you feeding Tanner? As you know we did the whole single protein food...we had success with duck/potato and now fish/sweet potato food. The fish may be even better because our vet said duck is somewhat similar to chicken and dogs can have trouble with both.

There are many different varities, we use Natural Balance (Dick Van Patten)...they sell biscuits of the same flavor too.
 
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