is one of the most common endo-crine disorders in dogs. It is rare in cats.
Cushing’s disease is caused by the deleterious effects of high circulating
cortisol concentrations on multiple organ systems. Poodles, Dachshunds, Boston
Terriers, Boxers, and Beagles have been reported to be at higher risk than
other breeds. The severity of signs varies, depending on the duration and
degree of cortisol excess. The most common symptoms that alarm owners are
drinking excessive amounts of water, frequent urination, pendulous abdo-men,
hair loss, lethargy, muscle weakness, panting, etc. A diagnosis can be made by
doing blood work. The treatment is dictated by the severity of clinical signs,
the animal’s overall condition, and any complicating factors (e.g. diabetes
mellitus and pulmonary embolism). Therapy is lifelong. Untreated
hyperadrendocorticism is a generally progressive disorder with a poor
prognosis. A treated disease has a good prognosis in most patients. The average
survival time for a dog with Cushing’s is two years with about 10% surviving
four years. If your dog is showing any of the the above clinical signs, please
call to make an appointment for an examination at (760) 598-2512.