A rare disorder for Gilead the young Poodle cross

26 Apr 2019 | Pet of the month

Gilead – a gorgeous six year old male poodle cross – was brought in to the Hospital after going downhill rapidly with an apparent episode of Haemorhagic Diarrhoea. His loving owner Joan was understandably very upset having come down in the morning to find “the whole kitchen covered in blood” and poor Gilead most distressed.

In-house bloods were taken at the hospital and showed Gilead was suffering from severe dehydration and low glucose.

Gilead required very intensive care through Sunday and Monday with one to one nursing for a good period of time (largely with our nurse Georgia). He remained fairly unresponsive and hypoglicaemic which made us suspect underlying endocrine problems. In-house tests showed very low/absent cortisol, without which he cannot respond to ill health.

Joan explained how she felt “Gilead was a happy, lively, much loved companion. To find him so ill one morning was frightening. We took him to the vet who immediately knew he was very, very poorly so he was to stay at the hospital. On my third visit I was so shock to see him so lifeless. He had deteriorated so much. He was just lying there, he didn’t respond in any way to me. His eyes remained closed and there was no flicker of an eyebrow or flicker of an ear of recognition. I thought, he was about to die, it broke my heart to see him so lifeless.”

We supplemented him with an injection of steroids, after which point Gilead started to pick up. We sent bloods off to a specialist lab and when they returned – as suspected by vet Abi – they showed Gilead had a rare type of disease known as Pituitary Dependant Addisons. This condition is an extremely serious hormonal disorder that is caused by a deficient production of the critical adrenal gland hormones, cortisol and aldosterone.

With a good deal of care and further steroids, Gilead continued to improve and although he was still not eating for another few days, we managed to wean him off requiring glucose infusions.

We are delighted to say that Gilead was allowed home and is now continuing to improve in the comfort of his own home. He is still “not quite the boy he was” says Joan and still has lots of (steroid induced) bald patches but the good news is that the problem was discovered and can be controlled. She added “He slowly began to recover and is now enjoying his walks and chasing his ball. I still feel he has a little way go yet but I’VE GOT MY LOVELY DOG BACK. My very grateful thanks to Abi (the vet) and the Georgia, the lovely nurse who spent so much time sitting with him, also to all the staff who loved and cared for him. God bless you and my love to you all”

Thank you Joan and congratulations Gilead – we are so very glad you have battled through!  Although Gilead will have to be on steroids for the rest of his life, we expect him to make a full recovery.