The Importance of the Second Opinion

Vader Oods toofers July 2015

This is Vader Ood, one of our Facebook friends. We love our Vader because she is a Momma Bear, a tough old broad, and she tells the most excellent jokes…the kind Grandpawpaw and his friends loved to tell…over and over and over again, so these jokes are part of Mama’s childhood. Recently, Vader was diagnosed with inoperable tumors (too close to her heart to operate) and her owner was  advised to take her home, keep her comfy and let her eat anything she wanted to.  Our FB Scottie community was in shock and  mourning.  Mama’s friend Leah Deckner saw Vader’s first diagnosis on Mama’s page, PM’d her and instructed Mama to contact a lady at Vanderbilt for some research and information. Leah’s words were, “I never give up on old dogs or old people.”   It seems as if our friend and Breeder, Gail Gaines, always wrote everything down she learned, observed and experienced about Scottie health, and sent her files to Vanderbilt.  So, a nice lady at Vanderbilt sent the links to Mama, and Mama sent them on to Vader’s family, asking if they would consider a second opinion.  We are not sure that they had time to follow the links and look at the research, but yesterday, A TRUE MIRACLE OCCURRED !

Vader had been misdiagnosed, and is now believed to have symptoms of Cushing’s!  We have never been so happy to read a diagnosis mentioning the possibility of Cushing’s before!  Needless to say, there was extreme rejoicing across the land – Vader will be telling her jokes for a much longer time than we had initially expected!  So Mama sez the moral of the story is…..always get a second opinion, no matter how much you love and trust your Vet (we love and trust ours, but even he would want us to get a second opinion if I got a terrible diagnosis). And hey Vader, did you hear the one about the Priest, the Rabbi and the Minister………



  1. indyandlucy · July 31, 2015

    This is truly wonderful. Good job, Mama.

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    • Skyler Braveheart · July 31, 2015

      I hope this doesn’t sound as if I had anything to do with their miracle…I just sent them the links, and asked if they would consider a 2nd. Bradley wrote back and said they weren’t going to persue a second opinion, so not sure the misdiagnosis came to be discovered.


  2. Leah and Mac · July 31, 2015

    We are not “friends” with Sweet Vader but have seen so many posts about her illness and could tell how she had touched so many people deeply! We are ecstatic to hear this news!! So grateful for Ms. Gaines’ experience and expertise that she shared to help other Babies! Will give them time to give Sweet Vader the new treatments and lots of love and will send a friend request so I can keep up on how she feels! 😍!!!

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  3. Skyler Braveheart · July 31, 2015

    That’s a wonderful idea!

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  4. Patty Brown · July 31, 2015

    Fantastic news !! What is the latest treatment for Cushings?

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    • fergusnguinness · July 31, 2015

      Guinness is 11 and has been treated for Cushings for two years now. He take 10 mg Vetoryl 3 times a day. It is stretched out like this to keep the dosage even throughout the day. Testing to diagnose is expensive (for us as went thru 2 Vets and ended up in a specialty clinic) as they run a one hour or a six hour or both to get the diag. and dosage correct. Now he goes in every 4 -6 months for a recheck, one hr. test. He had an ultrasound too as they wanted to rule out bladder cancer and also many blood tests to rule out other problems. Once it is diagnosed, the follow up treatment is not as expensive. I also give him milk thistle to help lower his liver numbers and this is helpful as they came down 1400 points.

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  5. The Scottie Chronicles · July 31, 2015

    You can deal with Cushings. It’s not easy to get the treatment right, but it’s OK. THIS IS TERRIER-I-FIC news!!!!!!!

    Wow. That’s an item for my Pawsitive News service isn’t it?

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    • Skyler Braveheart · July 31, 2015

      Yes indeed! It is very pawsitive! The original diagnosis had everyone in grief counseling…we had raised a lot of money for a surgery for her. So now, they can take the money and put it towards her Vet bills, meds, etc. It is truly a great turn of events! Thanks Stuart – you are doing a great service with your pawsitive news.


  6. fergusnguinness · July 31, 2015

    Guinness had a second opinion as first it was thought he had a tumor on the bladder neck, as seen on ultrasound and then his numbers were not consistent with Cushings. His wonderful Vet referred him as she said she was not qualified to handle Cushings. How many Vets would admit this first of all? He went to the specialty clinic in SW PA and had the experts go over him front nose to tail. An ultrasound showed a tumor on his adrenal gland, common in Cushings but none on the bladder…yea! They had the expertise to decipher the numbers from the blood testing to be able to get it right. I don’t really call this a second opinion, but moving on to the experts with your wonderful Vets. blessing.

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  7. Skyler Braveheart · July 31, 2015

    Fergusguiness, thanks so much for sharing your story! We are blessed with a great Vet School at North Carolina State University, a Specialty Vet practice here in Greensboro, and of course, I have a wonderful Dogtor, as our pal Stuart would say. We are thrilled for Vader Ood and her family. They are wonderful people and did not deserve the original diagnosis. As I told Stuart, Mama and some friends had raised money for a surgery for Vader, so now her family can put those funds towards her meds, etc! All of Vader’s many friends are on Cloud Nine!


  8. Kismet · August 1, 2015

    Sometimes the diag is right and sometimes wrong. Kyla had a lot of medical problems. At 7, she was almost near bridge time, but she was correctly diagnosed with Addision’s (which is the opposite of Cushing’s). She had to have a shot once every 25 days for the rest of her life. The meds were over 200 bucks for a 100 day supply but she was worth it. We don’t want either Addison’s or Cushing’s. Our best to Vader/

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  9. Skyler Braveheart · August 1, 2015

    Thanks Kismet! Mama’s first Scottie had Addison’s. This was in the early 2000’s and she is sure the treatment is much better now.. Mama kept a daily diary so she would tell our Dogtor exactly what was happening, and she was the one who figured out it was Addison’s. You would love Vader Ood. You are she are cut from the same bolt of cloth. A group of her friends and Mama raised a good amount of money for her, so she will have a bit of a “savings account” for her meds and Vet visits. We will be sure to pass along your best regards!


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