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Living with a Pet with Addison’s Disease

My name is Dr. Lori Skrypnek and my pet Molly has Addison’s Disease. I adopted her after she had been diagnosed with Addisons disease and was on treatment for one year. She receives medication daily (prednisone) as her body is unable to make the cortisone (steroid) that she needs to function with the stresses of normal life. She also receives an injection once monthly of a mineralocorticoid. Her adrenal glands are shrunken and do not produce this mineralocorticoid that she needs to function normally.

Molly is a happy, healthy normal dog in every way. She does drink a bit more than a normal dog sometimes and therefore needs to be let outside every 6 hours or so. She goes for walks, plays with her toys and chases our cat. She does not tolerate stress very well so she doesn’t go to a kennel. She has had her teeth cleaned and just required extra prednisone before and after her dental procedure to handle the stress of this procedure.

Molly has given us many years of joy and is a normal dog as long as she stays on her medications. I hope that she will live to a nice old age as her life span is expected to be normal on medication.

Written by: Dr. Lori Skrypnek, Veterinarian

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital