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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:04 am    Post subject: Confirmed Reply with quote

After all the tests have been done it has been comfirmed that Bengy definately has Cushing's syndrome. There is no cure but he is going to get medication.
Vet gave me a booklet today to read all about it and from now Bengy will be on medication for the rest of his life. The dosage has still to be worked out yet and from what I've read he'll have to have regular blood tests and check ups.
So time will tell but at the moment he's ok and eating and going down the steps without having to be lifted. Although I think this is the result of the pain relief medication he's on at the moment.
Now what I will need is a huge cheque book/visa card and lots of but Bengy is worth every penny spent on him.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy,

I'm so sorry to hear that your poor dog is suffering so much! Also, sorry to hear about the suffering of your pocketbook. It seems that vet bills are just as high as the doctors bills are for people.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our 'National Insurance' that we paid while working covers our pension etc and we dont get Dr's bills unless we choose to go 'private' The only thing people here pay for is the medication prescribed (that can be costly) but I'm sure its after you're 60/?65? cant remember all medication is free too - I'm sure people who are disabled get free medication as well irrespective of age.
(I had both knee replacements done and it didnt cost me anything at all- I did at one time enquire about going private to get the operation and the consultant said it would be 10,000 for each knee -and he said its the same surgeons who perform the operations so he advised me to stay on his waiting list - which wasnt too long - which I did and saved 20,000.
Hearing aids are free too but oddly enough dentures need to be paid for -not sure about poeple on very low income if they get compensated for this charge?

Unlike our medical set up Vets bills must be paid for at time of consultation unless you have pet insurance, which I dont have d'oh! (I think I heard recently if people get income support they can fill out a form and the get vets fees paid for them? dont know enough about this though)
but my friend told me today that she had pet insurance for her two dogs but after the dogs became 10years old the premiums shot up even although she had paid it since the dogs were puppies and hadnt claimed. Big problem she had then was at that time she was finding it difficult to meet the new premiums so let it lapse- yes you've guessed it both dogs became ill and she had no cover after paying all those years.
So in hindsight she would have been better to have kept going with the insurance.
Get Bengy's new medication tomorrow morning seems he will be on a very low dose - Good job I dont smoke or drink-- I would rather do without things for myself to make sure my 4 legged family are OK Angel

I have noticed a difference in the dogs -for the better- since I started giving them some cooked chicken breasts mixed with their dried food
-maybe coincidence but there is a difference in their 'attitude' cant think of the proper word here at the moment- maybe I need to start eating chicken too.
Emmy

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all of the information on medical insurance in Scotland. I told my son and his lovely wife to look into pet insurance for their Greyhound. It cost him about $700 US to get a tooth pulled!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!$700 I thought I was bad paying 300 getting Bengy's broken leg fixed(pin in it now) but that was 10years ago I guess it would be much more expensive now. Blood tests etc was just over 150 but it seems Bengy will need this done again - probably at regular intervals just to make sure the medication is working and the medication is paid separately too.

Think Think Think maybe should have put Bengy and Gizzy out to work when they were younger and had them pay National Insuance on their 'wages' and now not only would they be taken care of when they were ill they'd be getting a pension too (they say every year of a human life is equal to 7 years in a dog that makes them 77yrs old- thinking about what I have just written that would have meant they would have been on a pension for the last 2 years- Big Laugh Big Laugh
if only things were so simple!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of sending pets out to work to get insurance.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well because of a mix up Bengy's medication didnt arrive on Saturday as planned and I had to go to collect it today.
30 pills - a months supply- (easier to carry my handbag now, my purse is much much lighter ) Whistle Whistle
I start giving Bengy the pills tomorrow morning - had phone call from vet to tell me to watch Bengy carefully tomorrow and check that he is drinking etc if he's not drinking very much or becomes lethargic I've to phone the vet straight away- now thats making me very apprehensive about giving him that medication but I guess needs must!
The ironic thing is Bengy seems much better now since he got that pain relief medication- I still think Bengy's main problem is athritis but there again I'm no vet and I guess the lab tests must have shown up something positive re Cushings syndrome.
So I'm off to bed now to try to get some rest because I guess tomorrow I wont settle Keeping my fingers crossed everything will work out OK.
Emmy Anxious Anxious Anxious

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, sorry to hear about Bengy but let this give you some reassurance: my neighbor Marge's shi zhu had Cushing's disease and Toby lived a long time with it.

We spent a little over $2,000.00 on Benny's treatment/tests and never knew what was wrong with him. I think the one vet lied and just kept doing expensive tests. I finally took him to the original vet I once brought my dog to. He did not recommend any more expensive tests but Benny did go downhill and I finally made the difficult decision to euthanise him.

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