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Dog Cushing Disease

Cushing Disease (also known as Hyperadrenocorticism) in Dogs is a disorder resulting in excess cortisone levels in the bloodstream. To sum it up, the endocrine system is combined of organs that control hormones in a dog’s body. One particular hormone is cortisone. Cortisone is responsible for protein and carbohydrate metabolism in dog’s bodies.

What Does This Mean?

Excess cortisone levels interfere with the metabolic process leading to many possible disturbances in a dog’s body. Some possible disturbances include hypertension and gastrointestinal disorders.

Causes and Symptoms

Dog Cushing Disease is one of the most common endocrine disorders that affect dogs. It’s most commonly caused due to a benign pituitary tumor.

-Symptoms include:
-Increase in panting, hunger, thirst, and/or urination
-Obesity
-Muscle weakness
-Loss of hair
-Lethargy
-Insomnia

If you suspect your dog may be exhibiting signs of Cushing Disease your veterinarian will need to complete an examination. This will include a blood count, urinalysis, and cortisol test.

If your veterinarian confirms your dog does have this disease, further tests will be required to determine the cause. This is a key, essential factor in properly treating your dog and ensuring they receive the best treatment for their needs.

Treatment plans most commonly include medication such as Vetoryl. In some cases, surgery is needed.

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