Cushing’s disease in dogs
Cushing’s disease in dogs is a condition mostly found in older dogs. It usually comes in the form of other symptoms that can easily be mimicked by other diseases.
What causes Cushing’s disease in dogs?
Cushing’s disease is one of the most common endocrine conditions affecting dogs. It happens when the Adreno glands are triggered to produce much more cortisone than needed. This can lead to problems as it is delivered to the bloodstream.
This messes up with the metabolic process. This will lead to gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension, and skin disease.
Most of the time, the excess production of endocrine is produced as a result of a benign tumor pressing against the pituitary gland.
What are the symptoms?
There are several symptoms that will help identify Cushing’s disease in dogs:
- Increased thirst and hunger.
- Increased urination
- Muscle weakness
- Increased panting
- Lack of exercise
- Inability to sleep
Other symptoms may include:
- Darkening of the skin
- Hair loss
What is the treatment?
The type and amount of drugs vary depending on the dog. Most dogs can resist several dosages of prescription drugs.
Drugs used to treat Cushing’s disease may have some serious side effects so it is necessary to keep an eye on the dog when it gets home. As an owner, you must understand that if your dog ever gets Cushing’s disease, he or she will need medication and special care for the rest of his life.
To monitor your dog´s health, a regular visit to the veterinarian is recommended. When you take your dog for the first time the vet will take a blood test to confirm the presence of hyperadrenocorticism.
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