Cushings Disease usually affects ‘middleaged’ and older dogs.
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.
Cushings Disease is treatable and treatment can add a few years to an older dog’s life. Now look, the symptoms of Cushings are often similar to the signs of old age so many dogs with Cushings may go untreated. Now please pay attention. It’s a well-known fact that the symptoms of Cushings Disease may include the following. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Any of these symptoms may also be associated with other health problems but, taken together, they can indicate Cushings Disease, especially in elderly dogs. Fact, 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 overall health response. I know that the usual cause of Cushings Disease is the presence of a tiny tumor on the pituitary gland. Older dogs are a lot more gonna get Cushings. Small dogs are going to develop Cushings some 75 cases percent are found in dogs that weigh less than 44 pounds.
Spayed and neutered dogs are somewhat more going to get Cushings. Similar to Lysodren. There’re a few possible treatments for Cushings Disease, when detected. So there’re a few tests used to detect Cushings. These dogs are prone to various infections and various organs may begin to shut down. Now pay attention please. If the disease is treated there’s almost any reason to expect the dog to begin recovering and to live out life to a great old age. Of course left untreated, the prognosis for a patient with Cushings ain’t very good. Wayne Booth is owner of Canine Behavior Specialists, in Nashville, TN where he helps people train their dogs and solve behavior problems.