General information on Cushing's Disease
Cushing's Disease is a hyperactive adrenal system that is pumping out excessive amounts of adrenal hormones. Higher than normal amounts of this hormone drive and push the dog's metabolism to such an extent that the physical condition is affected. A Cushings-like disease can be produced when dogs are chronically given high levels of synthetic cortisone medications for long periods of time.
Symptoms of Cushing's Disease
The Symptoms of Cushing's Disease are excessive thirst, urination, ravenous appetite, excessive pacing, hyperactivity, loss of hair, a thin coat and skin, weakened muscles, and a potbellied appearance.
Treatments for Cushing's Disease
Once diagnosed, your veterinarian will likely recommend a chemotherapy type drug.
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Cushing's Disease experience by - Doreen
Our black lab mix was 13 when she was diagnosed with Cushings last May. She does not see or hear well and has arthritis in her back legs. We decided not to treat her with medication, radiation, or surgery. We give her pain meds for her arthritis. She turned 14 in Oct. 2011 (I never thought she would make it to her birthday). It is now Feb. 2012 and she is still with us. She has some days where she is somewhat disoriented and has more problems with her back legs but for the most part she is still happy to see us, greets us at the door, begs for food, and wags her tail. We decided against treatment due to the side effects and the fact that she is 14 (which is amazing in itself for a 70 pound lab). If we see that she is suffering at all, we will put her down, but for now she is still enjoying life so we will enjoy what time we have left with her!
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