Cushings Disease in Dogs Symptoms and Treatment

Cushings Disease in DogsCushings disease in dogs, also called hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by an overproduction of corticosteroids (or prednisone) by the adrenal gland, or even by over administration of prednisone. In the latter case, canine Cushings disease is easily cured by simply lowering the dose of corticosteroid being administered. However, cases of adrenal gland overproduction can have more than one cause and are more difficult to treat. In this instance, Cushings disease in dogs occurs when the adrenal gland is spurred to overproduction by either a tumor in the adrenal gland or by overstimulation via an imbalance of the hormone released by the pituitary gland (which is generally caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland). If you know what to look for, Cushings disease in dogs can be fairly easy to detect, and once you know the cause you can proceed with the appropriate treatment. Here is a rundown of symptoms and treatments for Cushings:

Here are some common sick dog symptoms:

1. Increased drinking accompanied by increased urination.

2. High blood pressure.

3. Excessive panting.

4. Hair loss on both sides of the body.

5. Skin problems, such as: thinning skin, calcified lumps on the skin, and susceptibility to skin infections.

6. Increased appetite.

7. Diabetes.

8. Weakening of heart and skeletal muscles.

  9. Nervous system disease.

Treatments include:

  1. Treatment of pituitary tumors with Lysodren for dogs, which cure the symptoms of pituitary tumors, but not the tumors themselves.

2. Tumors in the adrenal gland are removed via surgery or medication. In extreme cases, the adrenal gland is completely removed.

3. Vetoryl for dogs is sometimes used in place of Lysodren, but is generally used for human cases and is not yet FDA approved for canine use.

Cushings disease in dogs can be a debilitating and heart-breaking illness. Knowing these symptoms and treatments is your first step in ensuring your dog’s health.