Cushing's Disease

Description: Cushing's disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is when the adrenal glands produces excessive amounts of hormones and cortisones.
Symptoms: Symptoms include an excessive amount of drinking and urinating (there can be frequent "accidents" with female dogs). With the excessive amount of urinating, it can lead to urinary tract infections. Appetite increase, weakening in the muscles, and change of coat color or a slow growth in nails and hair are some more symptoms of Cushing's disease.
Diagnosis: To test for Cushing's disease, a series of blood test needs to be done.
Treatment: Some ways to treat this, is in the extreme case where the gland tumors are removed. This is not as common because of the risk of surgery is very high. Another way is to use Lysodren. Lysodren kills the outer level of the adrenal glands where the extra cortisones are produced. If Cushing's disease is not treated it can lead to severe conditions which include failure in the heart, liver, and kidney.

Breeds prone to Cushing's Disease include: