Meet Fudge - Cushing's Disease

Meet the lovely Fudge who unfortunately had been diagnosed with Cushing's disease.

Cushing’s disease is very common in dogs especially over the age of 4 years. It is caused by excessive amounts of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the body. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, which sit beside the kidneys. There are three main ways high cortisol levels can occur:

  1. Excessive production of a stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland (in the brain) that start the process of cortisol production
  2. A functional (cortisol-producing) tumour of the adrenal gland
  3. Long term or high doses of cortisol-based medications

In affected animals, the most common signs include:

  • Increased urinating and increased drinking
  • Increased appetite
  • Pot-belly
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Thinner hair coat, especially over both flanks

Dogs with Cushing’s disease are more predisposed to skin infections and urinary infections.  It is a disease that can be medicated for, however we need to conduct some tests first before starting medication. Once on medication, we need to test a few times to ensure we are given the correct dose that is achieving good results for your pet.

Fudge has been on medication after testing positive to Cushing’s disease, and the health of her skin and her energy levels have improved drastically. 

If you have any questions about Cushing's disease, or think your pet might have it, please feel free to contact us and book an appointment.

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