Cushing disease in dogs occurs from the chronic production of glucocorticoid (hormones). Cushing's disease is common in middle aged dogs and older dogs. Cushing's disease affects small dogs at the age of 8 – 10 and occurs in big dogs around the age of 6. Cushing's disease comes with age but certain breeds are at risk more than others such as: poodles, beagles, boxers, german shepards, golden retrievers, terriers, and a few others.
Cushing's disease in dogs is natural with age. Some dogs may be affected while others are not. It does not have to do with how you treat your dog. A common cause of Cushings disease is a Pituitary Gland Tumor which is the cause of most cases of Cushing's disease. A Pituitary Gland Tumor is a tumor that forms in the brain that results in the adrenal glands overproducing glucocorticoid. Another cause of Cushing's Disease is an Adrenal Gland Tumor which is formed in the front of the kidney's.
Symptoms of Cushing's disease in dogs occur gradually and are mistaken for signs of aging. It is also hard to distinguish symptoms because some dogs will only have one symptom while others could have many.
Cushing's disease is not something that can really be prevented but when Cushing's disease is suspected, taking your dog to get a complete blood count will determine if they do suffer Cushing's disease. Canine cushings disease should be looked after as soon as you think your dog is not acting normal even if you think it is just aging.