Cushings disease in dogs is quite common, but do you know what to look
for in your middle age or older dog? This article will teach you what
you need to know in order to help become a strong advocate for your
Cushings disease in dogs can be exhibited in two forms. The first is pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH) and the second is adrenal-based hyperadrenocorticism.
It is very important you know both in order to become aware of certain changes in your dogs behavior. . . such as:
80% of dogs with Cushings will go to extremes in hunting for any types of food to eat.
For example, one case involved a Cocker Spaniel that jumped up on the kitchen counter and pulled down a loaf of sourdough walnut raisin bread to the floor and ate the whole thing.
Walnuts and raisins are both poisonous to dogs. His owners noticed the dog drooling and the extended belly and immediately phoned their vet.
This Cocker Spaniel ended up at an emergency pet hospital where he
was put on IV fluids for 48 hours to flush out the toxins. He survived due to the owners' proactiveness and their
vets expertise in treating dogs with Cushings. The dog went on to live to the age of 14.
Cushings disease is non-discriminatory as it affects male and female dogs. And, unfortunately, there are no preventative measures you can take to keep your dog from getting Cushings.
What are the causes of Cushings?
Cushings is a very complicated disease with older, geriatric dogs. There is an excess
level of cortisone being produced in the elder dog's body and three reasons can be the cause:
Here are some very important tests to ask for if your vet does not offer them:
Learn the following symptoms of Cushings disease in dogs, but also be aware that your dog might only show one or two of these signs:
Cushings disease in dogs, if not treated properly can cause:
Once you discover your dog has the disease, talk to your vet about a plan of treatment.
Conventional treatment by your vet will likely involve Lysodren which limits the glands ability to produce excess cortisol.
Make sure you put on gloves when touching the Lysodren to avoid absorption through the skin.
You may even wish to consult with a Homeopathic Veterinarian to consider this approach. But, it may be prudent to note that homeopathic remedies should be used with caution as the debate continues on their dilution and effectiveness.
Managing a diet for Cushings dogs is another aspect of helping your dog. Work with your vet on diet suggestions. But
stay away from commercial dog foods because they contain too many preservatives.
One diet you can use could be raw chicken with cooked white rice. Or, you can boil the chicken and mix with the cooked rice. You can also add cooked carrots. The cocker spaniel referred to in the beginning of this article was placed on a high protein, rice diet for his remaining years.
Conventional drug treatments work for cushings disease in dogs when
regulated by your vet. Almost all of the negative side effects
and your dog will return to good health.
Lastly, the sooner dog owners recognize dog illnesses - especially serious ones like Cushings - and implement treatment, the better chance their pet has of beating a disease and returning to good health. I recommend owners obtain a copy of Natural Health For Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn, a renowned vet.
It contains information about numerous dog health issues and their treatment options, useful home remedies, plus advice about which dog illnesses need a prompt consultation with a pet professional.