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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Wombat" - Addison's Disease

With experience and a great deal of study, many patients can be diagnosed on first presentation. This however leaves a vast number of cases where only repeated examinations and investigations can finally lead to a definitive diagnosis.

"Wombat" originally presented at Fairfield like so many other canine appointments with vomiting. A very common occurrence, this is most likely due to eating something they probably shouldn't have!

Blood samples were taken and an initial investigation did not demonstrate anything particularly unusual at that time. Symptomatic treatment was given and "Wombat" appeared to respond well.

A few months passed and then "Wombat's" symptoms recurred only this time she was noticably more poorly and alarm bells started to ring. Knowing her full and detailed clinical history is crucial when it comes to "joining all the dots". This can be a problem when we are referred patients from other practices and our nursing team can spend a considerable amount of time retrieving past clinical information by phone, fax and e-mail.

Fortunately, with "Wombat's" information to hand my colleagues were, with further specific testing, able to establish a rare and potentially life threatening diagnosis of Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism).

This condition sometimes known as "The great pretender" because of it's ability to mimic common ailments can often be overlooked. A design fault causes the patient's own immune system to attack the adrenal gland and principally limit production of aldosterone and to an extent cortisol. These vital "ingredients" control fluid balance and blood volume amongst other things. Their absence can eventually lead to collapse, heart failure and death.

Fortunately for "Wombat's" owners the Fairfield team pinpointed the disease at a relatively early stage and were able to supply replacement therapy to ensure "Wombat's" recovery.

Whilst the treatment is lifelong "Wombat" is expected to lead a full and active one and has surprised her owners at just how active that can be!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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