Cushings Disease In Dogs

Cushings Disease In DogsThe definition for cushings disease in dogs in medical terms isHyperadrenocortismsyndrome. It’s simply the over-production of the adrenal hormone in a dog. It never usually strikes other creatures. Humans, fortunately, are not susceptible to this debilitating disease common to dogs. It can be cured only when it strikes the adrenal gland, but can be effectively treated if it strikes the pituitary gland. Most of the time, it’s the pituitary gland that is afflicted. What can you do about this disease if it hits your beloved pet dog? More will be explained here.

Causes of Cushing’s disease

Hyperadrenocorticism will afflict a dog for only two reasons: the first is a tumor has developed on the adrenal gland that makes adrenal hormones, or the second is a tumor on thepituitary gland, which stimulates the adrenal gland to produce corticosteroids.   Pituitary tumors are responsible for most of the cases of cushings disease in dogs.

Symptoms of Cushing‘s disease in dogs

From cushings disease a dog will eat much more , his blood pressure will go up, he’ll drink much more, and lose hair.  His belly will sag, and there will be lumps and thinner skin. The poor canine will also suffer from more skin infections,  and although you won’t see the signs, his heart will weaken.  Other symptoms will also manifest, such as a slower reaction time, and he will appear much weaker.  As you can see, it’s quite devastating to the dog and to you should he come down with Cushings syndrome.

Diagnosis of a Cushing’s disease

The diagnosis of cushings disease in dogs is done with various blood tests.   From proper testing, the vet clinic will determine if the cause is at the adrenal or pituitary gland.

Treatment of Cushing’s disease in dogs is surgery if the tumor is on the adrenal gland

If an adrenal gland tumor is found, it can be surgically removed by a veterinarian specialist.  There is a high risk that the dog could die with a surgical mistake.  Your dog’s vet will usually refer your loved pet to a surgeon.  Fortunately, he can be cured with this procedure.

Treatment of with meds if the tumor is on the pituitary gland

If the tumor is on the pituitary gland, it is ordinarily not removed, but is treated with Lysodren, a powerful medication.   Regrettably, this does not cure the cushings disease, and he won’t have a life expectancy change, but he won’t suffer as much, and have a better quality of health his last couple years of life.

If the cause of the cushings disease in dogs is from a tumor on  the pituitary gland, although the dog’s life is not extended , he won’t suffer with the Lysodern treatment. It also will make life better for you as the dog owner, in that not only will your dog suffer much less finally, but it will return to his normal routine of eating and drinking,  and he’ll look much better.  The canine has been a loyal companion and friend since mankind can remember,  so he deserves the best of care.

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