Cushings Disease usually affects middle aged and older dogs.
Cushings Disease is treatable and treatment can add a couple of years to an older dog’s life.
I know that the symptoms of Cushings are often similar to the signs of old age so many dogs with Cushings may go untreated. Owners who have dogs with these symptoms may assume that their dogs are simply getting old and they may have them put to sleep sooner than is necessary. Symptoms of Cushings Disease may include the following. Any of these symptoms may also be associated with other health problems but, taken together, they can indicate Cushings Disease, especially in elderly dogs. However, this tumor produces a chronic excess of cortisol in the blood which, in turn, may cause an imbalance in blood sugar levels, the body’s fat metabolism, interfere with skeletal muscles, kidney function, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, and even depress the health response.
And therefore the usual cause of Cushings Disease is the presence of a tiny tumor on the pituitary gland.