Cushings Disease in Cats

                                          

          Cushing's disease is a condition in which the adrenal glands overproduce certain hormones. The adrenal glands are located near the kidneys and produce several vital substances that regulate a variety of body functions and are necessary to sustain life. The most widely known of these substances is cortisol, commonly known as “cortisone.” Decreased or excessive production of these cortisol, may be life-threatening.

       Cushing's disease usually strikes middle-aged or older cats with a bucket-full of symptoms that can mimic other diseases. Increased appetite, increased drinking and urination, panting, high blood pressure, bulging abdomen, skin lumps and discoloring, hair loss, muscle weakness, and nervous system disorders can occur with the disease.

 

There are Two Forms of Cushing’s Disease

1. Pituitary Gland Tumor

      The most common cause of Cushing's disease is a tumor of the pituitary gland, which is located at the based of the brain. The tumor may be either benign or malignant. The tumor causes the pituitary gland to overproduce a hormone (ACTH) that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Depending on the size of the tumor, clinical signs other than those of Cushing's disease may be present. If the activity of the adrenal gland can be controlled, many cats with this form of Cushing's disease can live normal lives for many years as long as they take their medication and stay under close medical supervision. In approximately 15% of all cats with Cushing's disease, the pituitary tumor grows, it will affect the brain, often resulting in neurological signs and giving the dog a less favorable prognosis.

2. Adrenal Gland Tumor

     Cushing's disease may be the result of a benign or malignant tumor of the adrenal gland. If the tumor is benign, surgical removal will cure the disease. If the tumor is malignant, surgery may help for some time, but the prognosis is much less favorable.

Treatment of Hyperadrenocorticism in Cats

With naturally-occurring hyperadrenocorticism a number of treatment options are available, but most commonly control of the disease will be attempted with drug therapy. Some may choose this route, and others choose to use natural remedies to combat the symptoms.

Promotes balanced function of the adrenal and pituitary glands

Supports the health of the endocrine system

Encourages a healthy appetite

Reduces stress response in high strung or nervous pets

Helps relieve excessive urination

Promotes the healthy growth of skin and fur

Enhances energy levels & stamina

Customer Reviews

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