Cushing'S Disease In Dogs: How To Prevent, Treat And Diagnose The Endocrine System Affected By The Disease In Your Dog (And Other Animals)
Cushing's disease is a condition of the endocrine system. It affects dogs, humans, and some other animals. Left untreated, this disease can affect a dog's quality of life and overall health. Cortisol is a hormone and natural steroid that helps regulate essential bodily functions. Cushing's is caused by excess cortisol production in the adrenal glands. Dogs with Cushing’ s disease often develop thinning hair and a potbelly. The skin may become fragile and develop infections or other health problems. It's important to see your doctor if your dog seems sick. In dogs with Cushes's disease, serum cortisol is high/abnormal. Pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism requires treatment if symptoms affect the dog's life. A drug called trilostane (Vetoryl) is most commonly prescribed. Trilastane inhibits an enzyme involved in the body's production of cortisol. Early detection is key to effective treatment. Contact your doctor to find out whether your dog shows signs of Cushing 's disease or other signs of illness. How to Prevent and Treat Cushing S Disease. . . .