Addison'S Disease In Dogs: What You Need To Know (And How) To Keep Your Pet Healthy (And Alive)
Addison's disease is the result of low hormone output from the adrenal glands. It causes imbalanced electrolytes, including elevated potassium in the blood, which can lead to heart problems. The condition is most common in young to middle-aged dogs. Dogs with Addison's can not show any symptoms at first. When signs do appear, they can vary from mild to severe. They are similar to other illnesses. A dog with Addisons disease can be listless, listless and weak because of an electrolyte imbalance. Addison causes potassium to build up in your dog's blood. This causes its heart to slow down or beat irregularly. If a dog's heartbeat is extremely low, a heart attack may be necessary. An ACTH stimulation test is performed over a few hours in your vet's office. It involves the following steps: An injection of ACTH is given to stimulate the pituitary glands to produce cortisol. An Addisonian crisis can occur at any time. A very sick dog with addison's will typically need to be hospitalized until they are better. The faster your dog can begin treatment, the less serious the crisis becomes. There is no way to prevent a dog from developing primary or secondary symptoms. Secondary symptoms can be avoided by making sure your dog is carefully regulated while on any medications. Follow the advice of the Vet for routine lab work. Early detection can make it easier to manage Addison 's disease in a dog. . . .