I have a 7 year old GermanShepard withAddisons Disease and severe osteoartritis in her hips. She currently takes 1 etogesic, 4 cosequin, 5mg of pred daily and 1 docp injecton monthly. In the past month she lost 10 lbs. Her blood work came back that she was having an Addison episode. My vetdidn't change any of her medication and wants to now take blood monthly to track her Addisons more closely. My question is: Why take blood but never alter her medication? Whenever the blood work comes back, regardless of the outcome noting is changed.
Your question is a good one. Sometimes the dose of DOCP has to be adjusted depending on your pets serum electrolyte determinations. Idealy, after the first 2 Docp inj's the serum electrolyte levels should be measured at 2, 3 and 4 weeks to determine the duration of the effect of the inj. After that the electrolyte levels should be monitored at the time of the injection for 6 mo. The dose of DOCP should be adjusted depending on the electrolyte levels. Values should then be checked every 6-12 mo. DOCP is usually required at 3-4 weeks intervals but some dogs need the injections every 2 weeks OR the dose can be increased and given monthly. I hope this helps. vetcare