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Found out today that Kit's BFF, a 7yo chocolate lab, was diagnosed with Addison's. I looked up some info, but would like an owner's perspective. Anyone dealt with this before?



ETA: The affected dog is not mine - he belongs to a friend.
 

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Yep. Dogs can lead a long life if this disease is well managed. A co-workers english pointer lived to be 13. She was diagnosed at the age of 2. This dog was monitored and given her percorten shot and pred as prescribed by her vet. Out and about you would never have guessed this dog to be sick. I do not know what sites you have gone to but here is another one. http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=608
Good luck and just remember that abiding by the vets recommended treatment schedule is the key to managing the disease
 

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I highly recommend that you have your friend join a canine addison's support group. S/he can communicate with folks who have a lot of first hand experience and who can refer him/her to appropriate reference material in their library. It's a life threatening condition for which treatment can best be facilitated safely and effectively by an experienced vet and an educated pet owner.

http://canineaddisonsinfo.com/Support.html
http://www.addisondogs.com/
 

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Once they're diagnosed and treated properly, these dogs do great IME and pretty much live a normal life.

It's reaching the diagnosis that can be the tricky part, because the symptoms can be very vague and routine screening blood work doesn't always have consistent findings. Here is a link your friend can read about the disease in general.
 
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