Well 4 years ago I was sitting in the ER with Raider wondering what the Hell was wrong with my boy. We had only had him a short time and he was now very ill. It clearly was NOT something he had eaten as I had been told all for three days... I know Labs eat things they should not and it happens a lot but somehow I knew all along this was more serious.
When my Vet told me she thought it might be Addison's all I could think of was, that's something humans get... the vet, Melissa said, if that's what it is, it's treatable.. All I could say was, "let's do it". The first year was tough because I was learning how to take care of him and it was a rough road because the Florinef just was not working well for him. I was not going to give up on my boy no matter what. 7 months after being diagnosed I was able to get percorten imported into Canada and life changed for Raider and for me.. I had my boy back.... It is an truly amazing drug..
While today I celebrate Raider's amazing journey with Addison's I am sad as well because a member of the Addison dogs support group that I belong to had her dog ( 1.5 yrs old ) euthanized because she felt she could not control the Addison's. Never once did she ask for our help, she only posted to the group to tell us she had euthanized her dog... The group is filled with so many people who will go to any lengths to do whatever it takes to get their dogs well and keep them that way no matter what it takes and this is very difficult for me. One member I know would have taken the dog in a heartbeat.. They all deserve what my boy gets but sadly they don't all get it..
Rest in peace my boy..