Date posted: 7/15/17
Location: NJ

Update: 10/17

Getting Tulie's cortisol levels under control has been no easy feat. After a visit to the vet, it was determined that Tulie has Cushing's. We put her onto a medication (Trilostane) and she seemed to be doing pretty well for a while!
After some time, she took a downhill turn. A new blood panel and ACTH stim test revealed that the medication had overcorrected her cortisol production so that it was actually quite low!  In fact, she no longer has Cushings (high cortisol production), but rather, Addisons (low cortisol production). We changed course with our treatment - she is currently on steroids for the time being and doing quite well!
Tulie's allergy panel came back that she is allergic to a looooot of things (including cats). She is now on a raw diet along with quite a few supplements, a daily dose of Apoquel, and, for the time being, Prednisone. I clean her ears daily and give her a medicated bath once a week. She also needs to periodically go on antibiotics for the interdigital cysts that keep flaring, and we also may start her on Cytopoint injections to help with the chronic dermatitis.
Tulie LOVES her humans and is a bit of a velcro-dog. She tolerates my pups just fine, but mostly keeps to herself. Her walking has gotten a little better now that she's gotten stronger and her paws aren't totally infected, but she does have spinal changes, severe luxating patellas, and dysplastic elbows - so she does move a bit slow. Lately, she's been feeling good enough to motor around the yard and she recently has begun trying to engage in play (though she wears out quickly and gives a warning snarl if my 1 year old gets too rambunctious with her!)
We are working on crate training, and she does go into her crate on her own to nap, but if you are home and she knows it, she will voice discontent when you close the door. She also does need to go outside quite often (about every 3 hours) because of her health conditions, but she tries really hard to hold it. I work from home, so this is easy for me (she sleeps right at my foot in my home office, and gives me a little bark when it's time to go out. Usually at night, she'll make it about 4-5 hours, but she barks to wake you up (usually pretty early!) so she can go out.
All in all, she is a gem. Still trying to work out her health, but she is really a sweet, trusting, loving girl and 

she can stay as long as she needs to. We love Ms. Tulie!

Too cute and too sweet…it’s Tulie! She’s not feeling all that well right now, but we’re determined to get her into tip-top-Tulie shape—tout de suite!

Tulie is a 2015 grad who was returned to FBRN when her owners became unable to care for her. And not a moment too soon, as Tulie was—and still is—in dire need of veterinary care. Her beautiful bat ears are swollen shut with infection, she has a UTI, and her skin is an absolute mess. She has an angry red rash on her belly, missing patches of fur on her body, and cysts forming between her toes. On top of that, Tulie’s abdomen is very distended, and she is showing early signs of spinal and leg deformities, likely the result of obesity.

What to do? Well, the first thing was to get Tulie on a course of antibiotics, to clear up the infections in her ears, skin, and urinary tract. Foster mom gives her a medicated bath every other day and applies topical ointment to her hot spots and rashes. Since her skin condition is likely the result of allergies, Tulie’s now eating a nutritious, limited ingredient diet, and the vet will do an allergy panel to find out exactly what isn’t agreeing with her. Finally, an x-ray of Tulie’s abdomen showed a slightly enlarged liver, but nothing else too outrageous. The vet suspects an endocrine disorder, and once Tulie’s bloodwork comes back, we will know for sure.

Despite her great discomfort, Tulie has been sweet as a summer peach. She lets foster mom bathe her and treat her ouchies without complaint, and even though she can’t move around very well, she limp-waddles over to her people for pets and gentle hugs.

We’re going to get Tulie feeling better no matter what, and we could use your support to do it! If you’d like to make a donation toward her care, you can become her sponsor by clicking on the link right next to her pretty face. Tulie and all of us at FBRN thank you for your support!


To sweet Tulie, sending her all of the love she deserves. Courtney Shively

Feel better Tulie! Lynn Jacobson

Nancy Olson

Oh, Tulie I hope your ears and skin feel better soon. You are a real cutie. Debra Nash

For Tulie from CeeCee

Sweet little Tulie Hope this helps you get and feel better real soon. Jackie and Jerry

Hang in there, Tulie - the best is yet to come! Lots of love from Rin & Crew

Kerry Kearney

Sweet little Tulie, how could anyone let this happen to you? Hope this helps you get and feel better real soon. Jackie and Jerry

your in the right place little gal. greg stanley