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Common Questions about Dog Cushings Disease

Cushings Disease in Dogs

Cushing Disease is the bodily changes that occur in your dog due to a problem in excess steroid hormones. Although this disease occurs on its own, it generally is an after effect resulting from long-term use of steroidal treatment. The various causes of Cushings Disease include:

  • Oral steroid treatment for medical purpose for a long period of time
  • Exposure to the body of excess glucocorticoid hormone for a long period of time
  • The presence of a hormone secreting tumor in the adrenalin gland
  • The presence of a tumor in the pituitary gland that in turn stimulates the adrenalin gland

What is Cushing Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in Dogs?

Cushings Disease is also known as hyperadrenocorticism and hypercortisolism. This is when a dog’s two adrenal glands (which sit on top of the kidneys) produce too much corticosteroids. Too much of these hormones results in serious repercussions in your dogs. This condition can be caused by a tumor in the adrenal glands however more than most of the time it is caused by a tumor in the pituatary gland. 

What are the Symptoms of Cushing Disease in Dogs?

Early signs include increased thirst and weight gain. At the same time, muscle shrinkage leads to spindly legs. Cortisone makes your pet’s immune system more susceptible to skin, ear and urinary tract infections. Some dogs may also have lower energy and be susceptible to blood clots. Hypertension may be associated with canine Cushings disease.

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