The noticeable signs of Cushing’s syndrome are very similar to those associated with the aging process, making it sometimes difficult to diagnose and later monitor.
The most noticeable signs of Cushing’s syndrome include;
When your veterinarian suspects Cushing’s syndrome, they will perform blood tests to confirm the diagnosis.
The cortisol concentration in the blood fluctuates greatly throughout the day in both healthy dogs and dogs with Cushing’s. It is for this reason that diagnosis cannot be confirmed by just one measurement of cortisol. The two tests that are most commonly used to confirm a diagnosis of Cushing’s are called ACTH stimulation test and the low-dose dexamethasone suppression test. It may be necessary to perform both tests.
The active ingredient in Vetoryl is called trilostane. Trilostane is a short-acting medicine which needs to be given every day to control the disease.
It is recommended that you give your dog Vetoryl with a meal in the morning so that it can be easily absorbed; this also makes it easier for your veterinarian to perform monitoring tests at the appropriate time after dosing.
Contact your veterinarian. DO NOT give a double dose the next day.
Most dogs will need Vetoryl every day for life. Cushing’s syndrome cannot be cured, but it can be successfully managed using Vetoryl.
The symptoms of Cushing’s such as lethargy, increased drinking, eating and urination improve quickly, often within the first few weeks of treatment. Skin changes, hair loss and the pot belly can take up to 3 to 6 months to improve.
Track your dog's progress using the online treatment logbook.
Yes. It is important that your dog revisits your veterinarian for assessment and monitoring tests at 10-14 days, 4 weeks and 12 weeks after starting Vetoryl and thereafter every 3 months.
If your dog becomes unwell at any time whilst on Vetoryl, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Vetoryl is well-tolerated by most dogs. If your dog develops any signs of illness whilst on Vetoryl including lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia stop treatment immediately and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.