Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
Description: Addison's Disease is an endocrine system disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands fail to produce enough hormones to keep the body functioning normally. Left untreated, hypoadrenocorticism can be fatal, and symptoms often mimic many other diseases. Fortunately, your veterinarian can run a specialized, timed blood test to check for this condition. Though any dog can acquire this disease, your breeds seems to get it more frequently. Your veterinarian will likely be watching for clinical signs at every exam, and can periodically check his electrolyte levels to screen for this problem.
What to Watch For: General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea.
Diagnosis: Diagnosed via blood tests.
Treatment: Treatment includes the replacement of lost fluids and electrolytes as well as a drug regimen to replace the hormones in the body.
Treatment Cost: $50-$100+ per month.
Breeds prone to Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism) include: