What is wrong with Toby?

Toby is a 5 year old Miniature Schnauzer who recently visited us as he was feeling very unwell. Over the previous week, he had been a lot quieter than normal, and over the last two days he started vomiting intermittently. By the time he arrived at our clinic, he was so weak that he had to be carried in by his owners.

Initially, Toby provided no clues as to what was wrong. Apart from being weak and dehydrated, little else was found on his examination. Full blood screens were conducted to investigate the problem further. The tests revealed an electrolyte imbalance commonly seen with Addison's disease. This is a condition which results in insufficient production of particular hormones within the body.

The consequences of this deficiency are wide-reaching and left Toby with poor circulation, nausea, vomiting and discomfort. Medication can help replace the hormones Toby is under-producing.

We are pleased to report Toby has since improved and has returned to his old self. However he will need to be monitored closely with ongoing blood tests required to ensure his medication is working effectively.