Cushings and liver disease diagnosis

The Miniature Schnauzer is a smallest dog in the Schnauzer breed and originated in the mid-to-late 19th Century from Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and other smaller breeds such as the Poodle. A miniature Schnauzer is a spunky, but aloof dog who does things their own way. They tend to be good guard dogs without the tendency to bite.
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Re: Cushings and liver disease diagnosis

Post by Schnauzer Sam » 14 Sep 2018, 15:07

That's good to hear Vicky. Nice to know that there's at least one company who go the extra mile. Looking forward to hearing about how Milly gets on with it.
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Re: Cushings and liver disease diagnosis

Post by zeta1454 » 14 Sep 2018, 15:40

Burns food generally is very high in carbohydrates as opposed to quality meat / fish protein although they may have a special diet which is superior? Low protein diets for dogs with liver disease (and kidney disease) have been questioned in recent years unless the disease is of a specific kind linked to seizures. There is an article here that explains in more detail that in some dogs a higher protein intake may be needed but possibly with protein from a different source dependent on the type of liver problem:
https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/hospital ... phalopathy

I would be inclined to stick with your homemade food as this will be easier to digest generally and likely more attractive to your dog than a highly processed food with less certainty of meat quality.

I would absolutely agree re no more vaccinations or parasite treatments.
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Re: Cushings and liver disease diagnosis

Post by Vickyssm » 14 Sep 2018, 16:20

I gave her more of the chicken I cooked last night, earlier and she ate it so quickly she almost choked! I’m so pleased she still has her appetite as we were told, once that goes, it really is the beginning of the end. And today whilst cooking, she came into the kitchen, quite expectantly. She’s not done that in a while. I’m even wondering if the hepatic diet has been making her miserable. She appears so much better today. Just interested again. What I was thinking, with the burns food, if she likes it we will use that as her ‘treats’. There’s been a daily ritual since she was a pup, my husband leaves her at the back door, hides a few treats round the house then shouts her to find them. A daft thing but she loves it and when she was diagnosed we stopped all that, afraid incase we made her worse. But the vet agreed that she’s too far gone now and said to make her as happy and comfortable as possible. So we started it again but if we can replace those treats with something lower in protein, all the better. Poor thing, when we first stopped it, she used to go and sit, looking up at her food cupboard! I’m quite hopeful today, she just seems more herself. I know it won’t last but really makes me feel better lol

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Re: Cushings and liver disease diagnosis

Post by zeta1454 » 14 Sep 2018, 19:58

Wonderful to hear that she has cheered up so much. The treats game sounds great and I am sure it would be lovely to start that up again with whatever ‘treats’ you feel are OK Being happy is surely going to help keep her going and keep you and your husband more positive too :-)
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Re: Cushings and liver disease diagnosis

Post by Vickyssm » 15 Sep 2018, 10:53

She’s poorly again today, small amounts of blood and the runs! I hope it wasn’t the chicken.

The burns pack that the company sent, arrived this morn. That was quick! It contains various food samples, suitable for liver disease. They’ve advised I offer them as treats to begin with and sent detailed info re transitioning her onto them fully, if she likes them. They’ve also sent masses of info about liver disease, cushings disease and general info on the best way to support her. They’ve even sent home cooked recipes to support the liver. I’ve only scanned it quickly at this point, but looks like interesting reading. Even my vet, despite spending £2000 with them over the summer, didn’t offer this level on info!

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