The really cool thing about this site is the opportunities to learn about topics that most owners would never know about. Would the average owner like knowing about different diseases, and preventions for their pets, to avoid, if possible serious diseases in the future. Perhaps we could all come up with different diseases and discuss each one. That way You could hear about lots of different ones and the causes. Even I don't know about all the diseases out there that affect our pets. Or are owners just not interested? I hope so because I love discussing these different topics. Our pets win in the long run. I hope this doesn't sound like a silly idea.
Well I thought it would be cool for each person to bring up at least one disease and each of us could find our own info and collect it all together to get a wealth of information....so not just me, but I guess if I was to start I would start with...Cushings Disease, one I see alot of at work, and of course know a few things about it. But alot of people have never heard of it.(I'm sure there is some info on the net to) So things like What are the symptoms?, What are the causes?, what pets are at risk?, what is the treatments available? How can owners help prevent these diseases from affecting their furry friends?. Any experiences with this disease in your home?
Cushings disease is caused by too much adrenal hormone caused by a tumor or adrenal gland. It can occur naturally or can occur from an overdose of corticosteroids. Symptoms include increased drinking, thinning skin, hair loss, increased appetite, panting, high blood preassure, nervous system disease, diabetes, hart weakening, skeletal muscles weakening, skin infection, and more. Increased drinking is ussually noticed first. Cushings is diagnosed by several blood tests. If diseaseis caused by an overdose, decressing corticosteroids will cure the disease. If caused by a tumor on the adrenal gland the tumer will need to be remove, but if a tumor on the pituitary gland then symptomatic therapy will be administered.
there are quite a few pets at our clinic with cushings. we prescribe anypril for them. all of the pets seem to do well on this med. its about 60 dollars for 30 tablets, depending on the weight of the pet, come is different milligrams.
Cushings Disease In otherwords keep your dog healthy(NOT OBESE!!!) in the first place, don't be quick to go for the steroids for illnesses over the years. Physical symptoms Thin skin alopecia(thinning hair/fur along sides of body) Acne/skin infections Large abdomens muscle wasteing Cutaneous hyperpigmentation Panting Bruising Pets should have a complete blood work done Most pets don't have all these symptoms, but perhaps a few. Most pets are over 9 yrs. Dogs that seem to be higher in risks are poodle type breeds, Daschunds, various Terriers, beagles and German Shep.