It may not be necessary to do an all day test to monitor how well the Lysodren is working. Once we know that Cushing's disease is present we usually use the ACTH response test to monitor the response to treatment. It is usually possible to do this test in an hour (although some vets recommended two hours). Many of our clients come, let us draw the blood and give the ACTH and then walk their dog around our clinic property for an hour or go on a short errand and return. This test takes less time than a dexamethasone suppression test which is usually thought of as the best way to diagnose Cushing's disease and is the initial test that many dogs get, for that reason.
A few natural products vie for the Canine Cushing’s market. You mentioned Supraglan and Cushex, neither of which am I qualified to talk about although I’m sure they are fine products. My recommendation is one of our Primalix naturopathic-veterinary Herbal Extract “Functional Food Drops” formulated specifically to ameliorate and eliminate symptoms of Cushing’s in all dog breeds. It’s called Primalix CortiQuel and everything I have to say about this safe and effective herbal remedy can be found at Cushing’s in Dogs.
Symptoms of Cushing’s disease in dogs can vary widely, as the adrenal gland is responsible for the production of many hormones and steroids. Depending on which hormones or organs are affected, symptoms can appear differently in type and severity. If glucocorticoid, a natural steroid, is affected, muscle tissue can break down and urination can become abnormal. If the immune system is affected, there may be secondary infections. If the pancreas is affected, dogs may have diarrhea or start vomiting. Here are a few of the symptoms you may see in dogs with Cushing’s disease.