Calle, 7.5-year-old Chihuahua, came to WVRC’s Racine ER because her appetite had decreased over the last couple of days, she was lethargic, and had an episode of vomiting. Prior to this, Calle was healthy and there were no medications or toxins she could have gotten into, so this behavior was suspicious.
Dr. Mulvany ran tests and found out that Calle was hypoglycemic and dehydrated. This combined with some additional test results revealed that Calle had Addison’s disease, which results from atrophy or destruction of the adrenal cortex or deficient pituitary adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) production. Although Addison’s is a life long disease, it is possible to manage it medicinally. Dr. Mulvany explained to Calle’s owner which supplemental medications would now be necessary to perform the function that Calle’s adrenal glands could no longer do.
Calle is now home, feeling better, and getting used to her new routine.