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Uncover the signs of Cushing’s disease

September 4, 2018 | by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk | Pets

Over the course of September we will be focussing on raising awareness & educating dog owners on Cushing’s disease, its signs & symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

Cushing’s disease is seen more commonly in middle age to older dogs and can be mistakenly believed to be part of the ageing process. It can occur in any breed of dog, but is more frequent in Poodles, Dachshunds & small Terriers. The condition almost exclusively occurs in dogs.

Dogs with this condition are at increased risk of developing diabetes, infections in the urine, kidney or skin, bladder stones and blood clots in the lungs. However, the good news is Cushing’s disease is treatable!

Spotting the signs and symptoms of Cushing’s disease could give your dog a longer, healthier, happier life. Not every dog shows all the signs of Cushing’s disease. Some only show one or two signs, especially in the early stages. Follow this link to our questionnaire to see if your pet could be showing possible symptoms associated with Cushing’s disease.

Endocrinology Questionnaire AW

There are many tests that can be used to help diagnose Cushing’s disease. Which tests are performed, and in what order, will depend on your pet’s clinical signs and will be the result of joint decision making between you and your vet. Cushing’s can in most cases be controlled to allow you and your dog to have a good quality of life. Many dogs can live for several years with the condition. Regular monitoring will be required to ensure that your pet is on the correct dose of medication. For more information about the disease, follow the link below to our Cushing’s booklet.

Most importantly, if you are concerned your pet may have Cushing’s disease, please speak to your vet.

Written by verity.ramus@hooknortonvets.co.uk

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