Addison's Disease

Description: Also known as hypoadrenocorticism, Addison's disease is an endocrine disorder in which the adrenal cortex produces insufficient amounts of steroid hormones. It typically affects younger female dogs but dogs of any breed and gender can develop the disease. Cats can develop Addison's disease but it is very rare.
Symptoms: Symptoms are very non-specific and vague including vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, anorexia, and muscle weakness. Because of the vague symptoms, most animals become extremely ill by the time the diagnosis is made.
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 include: