Cushing’s disease is the common name for a disease called
hyperadrenocorticism that most commonly affects dogs. It’s caused by a
hyperactive adrenal gland that pumps too many steroids and other hormones into
the bloodstream. It can also be caused by a growth (tumor) in the adrenal gland
or the pituitary gland. Most dogs with Cushing’s disease are at least six years
old, but the disease can also occur in younger dogs.
Symptoms of Cushing's Disease in Dogs
adrenal gland produces a wide range of hormones and Cushing’s disease can cause
the overproduction of any one or more of them. Because of this, the symptoms of
the disease can vary widely, and they can be extremely subtle.
Cushing’s disease will often cause the overproduction of hormones called
glucocorticoids, which are steroids. This will cause some of a dog’s muscle to
break down, giving him a thin-legged, potbellied look. It can also hurt a dog’s
ability to concentrate urine, making him drink and urinate a lot.
steroids can suppress the immune system, as well, so dogs can sometimes get
secondary infections. And the pancreas can be affected, causing vomiting and
Other symptoms include hair loss, calcified lumps under
the skin, increased appetite, panting and high blood pressure.
Diagnosis of Cushing's Disease in Dogs
Unfortunately, Cushing’s disease is difficult to diagnose. There is no one
test to identify it. Veterinarians will generally perform several blood and
urine tests and compare the results to normal levels. Follow-up x-rays and/or
ultrasonography can help reveal the presence or absence of a tumor.
Treatment of Cushing's Disease in Dogs
Cushing’s can be treated both medically and surgically,
depending on how severe the symptoms are and the general health of the animal.
Two options are removing the growth that stimulates the hormone and prescribing
medications that slow down production in the adrenal gland. The majority of dogs
are treated medically.
Surgical treatment of Cushing’s carries
significant risks and should be reserved for cases where medical treatment has
A more natural and effective approach is to use
Cushex Drops for
pet adrenal health support and treat symptoms of Cushing's Disease in your dog or cat!
Cushing’s disease in itself is rarely life
threatening. By weakening the immune system, it can make animals more vulnerable
to other diseases, and it can cause fatigue and exercise intolerance. Sometimes
it doesn’t cause any symptoms at all.
The main issue with the disease is
whether it’s damaging your pet’s quality of life. If so, then consult with your
veterinarian about the best way to help your pet return to a healthy,