What is Cushing's Disease?

Cushings disease in dogs refers to the extra hormones created at the pituitary gland that creates countless symptoms. In fact, it's often overlooked by pet owners because its onset appears more like old-age symptoms. Technically, Cushing's disease is defined by hyperadrenocorticism or the excess production of glucocorticoid in the body. The metabolic, digestive and cardiovascular systems are directly impacted by Cushing's disease.

How is it Contracted?

There are two main ways older dogs contract Cushing's disease, including:

• Pituitary gland enlargement

• Benign tumor at the pituitary gland

This ailment is common in older dogs because their bodies are aging at a rapid pace. They may have a genetic tendency toward certain endocrine-system ailments, or their immune system is compromised in other ways.

What Are Common Symptoms?

Cushings disease in dogs is usually indicated by these specific symptoms, such as:

• Enlarged abdominal section

• Excessive urination and thirst simultaneously

• Fur loss

• Ravenous appetite

The difficult part about Cushings disease treatment is knowing the ailment exists. Some dogs might display a handful of symptoms while others only have one issue. As a result, treatment is usually not sought as the ailment continues to plague the pet.

How is it Treated?

Cushings disease treament consists of either oral medications or surgery. Endocrine-system imbalances are usually treated with some medications that the pet must take on a regular basis. In fact, there is no cure for Cushing's disease, so it's a matter of managing the symptoms. Surgery is only involved when a pet has a tumor to be removed, which will reduce the overall symptoms.

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