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    Cushings Disease in Dogs

    Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, occurs when a dog’s body produces an excess of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is crucial for normal body function, but an overproduction can lead to health issues.


    Types and Causes of Cushings Disease

    Two main types: Pituitary-dependent (85%) and Adrenal-dependent (15%) Usually caused by tumours on the pituitary or adrenal glands.

    Symptoms of Cushings Disease in Dogs

    Increased drinking and eating Weight gain Frequent urination Pot belly Thin skin and hair Wasted muscles Excessive panting Higher risk of diabetes and bladder infections

    Diagnosis of Cushings Disease in Dogs

    Blood tests, including dynamic tests with ACTH or dexamethasone injections. Veterinary examination and health record analysis.

    Treatment of Cushings Disease in Dogs

    Commonly treated with trilostane to regulate cortisol production. Regular blood tests to monitor response to treatment. Surgery for adrenal tumours is rare due to complexity and risks.

    Life Expectancy with Cushings Disease

    With proper treatment, most dogs can lead a good quality of life and have a normal lifespan Untreated Cushing’s disease can significantly impact a dog’s well-being and life expectancy.

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