What Is the Life Expectancy of a Minature Schnauzer With Cushings Disease if Left Untreated?

My wife has a minature schnauzer. He is 7 or 8 years old. Around 3 years ago he was diagnosed with cushings. We can’t afford the medication and vet bills so basically the only changes we’ve made are what food he gets. I’ve tried to convince her to give him to someone who can afford to take care of him or to have him euthanized, but she won’t go for either. I am just wondering how much longer he may hang on?


the prognosis is poor…and you are not doing him any favours by witholding medication …your wife is being very selfish allowing the dog to suffer…maybe if she thought of the distress and dicomfort the dog is in rather than her own wishes she should do the most loving thing she can do and have him put to sleep even with medication the prognosis isnt much better and it is very expensive…have you tried the blue cross or RSPCA they may help with the bills if needed also if you are low income most vets deal with the PDSA..why would you want to give him away and cause more stress and misery to the animal/and new owner ……ask at your local vet if he can do the PDSA or go to the blue cross they will not turn you away and you only have to give a small donation

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6 Responses to What Is the Life Expectancy of a Minature Schnauzer With Cushings Disease if Left Untreated?

  1. BudaBelly says:

    if you really care about your innocent pet you would find a way to get the money……..It is so sad that people get Innocent pets and are too cheap to pay whatever it takes to keep them healthy and safe…..$h@meON YOU
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  2. iPod says:

    I’m sooo sorry, I don’t think he’ll last much longer. I really hope that you get good luck on this situation!
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  3. needlesouch says:

    Unfortunately, no one can predict how long this dog will live. Usually dog’s with Cushing’s disease eventually develop secondary problems like liver disease. How soon this will happen is any body’s guess. It may be very difficult to find someone who is willing to take on this level of financial and emotional problems. I suspect your wife knows this and doesn’t want to face the disappointment of asking and being turned down. Euthanasia is a possibility but she may not be ready to accept that. I think all you can do is support them both through this.
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  4. Justsomegirl says:

    It is very hard. There are groop on line that might be able to help you. You need to find a cushings suport groop.

    go to http://www.sunnyhillshihtzu.com and click on the links page they have alot of links out there to help.
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  5. madison says:

    the prognosis is poor…and you are not doing him any favours by witholding medication …your wife is being very selfish allowing the dog to suffer…maybe if she thought of the distress and dicomfort the dog is in rather than her own wishes she should do the most loving thing she can do and have him put to sleep even with medication the prognosis isnt much better and it is very expensive…have you tried the blue cross or RSPCA they may help with the bills if needed also if you are low income most vets deal with the PDSA..why would you want to give him away and cause more stress and misery to the animal/and new owner ……ask at your local vet if he can do the PDSA or go to the blue cross they will not turn you away and you only have to give a small donation
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  6. rita_alabama says:

    Not much longer, and he will be miserable. I understand that your wife is very attached to the dog, but sometimes you have to do what is best for the dog. She may love her dog, but love won’t fix his medical problems. It’s a long shot, but the humane societies and rescue organizations usually have vets that they go to where they know that the fees are reasonable. If you contact them, and explain the situation, you might be able to get a vet who will charge you a minimum of the normal fee.
    Have you talked to the vet about a cheaper treatment (surgery, cheaper meds, etc)?
    Hope this helps!
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