Excess production of adrenal gland hormones due to a tumor
Cushing's disease, caused by excessive adrenal hormones, can cause a variety of symptoms in pets. Signs may include:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Increased appetite
- Excessive panting
- Thin or fragile skin
- Hair loss, except for the head and legs
- Potbelly appearance
- Recurrent skin infections
If you notice any of these signs or if you have concerns about your pet's health, consult with your veterinarian. Early detection and intervention can improve the chances of successful management and prevent complications.
When you visit your veterinarian for concerns related to Cushing's disease, the following may occur:
- Medical history: Discussion of your pet's medical history, including observed symptoms and their duration.
- Physical examination: The veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination of your pet, checking for any abnormalities.
- Diagnostic testing: Diagnostic procedures such as blood tests, urinalysis, and possibly an ultrasound may be recommended to evaluate the presence of Cushing's disease.
- Treatment options: Treatment options for Cushing's disease usually involve medication to reduce cortisol production, surgery, or radiation therapy, depending on the type and severity of the disease.
- Advanced diagnostic or treatment options:In some cases, referral to a specialist may be advised for more advanced diagnostics and treatment, especially if other diseases are also present.
- Palliative care: In severe or poorly responsive cases, palliative care focuses on improving your pet's quality of life, managing symptoms, and providing comfort.
- Follow-up care: Your veterinarian will discuss a follow-up plan, which may involve regular monitoring of your pet's condition, additional tests, or adjustments to the treatment regimen.
Your veterinary healthcare team will partner with you to decide which treatment option is best for your pet's and your family’s specific condition and situation.
Unfortunately, there are no known ways to prevent Cushing’s disease, however, here are some things you can do at home to manage and prevent complications from Cushing's disease:
- Maintain a healthy weight: Ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight by offering a balanced diet and regular exercise.
- Observe their habits: Regularly monitor your pet for changes in thirst, appetite, and urination.
- Early detection: Watch for signs of infection, as pets with Cushing's disease can be more prone to skin, urinary, or systemic infections.
Consult with your veterinarian for personalized advice and guidance on preventing complications from Cushing's disease in your pet. They can provide tailored recommendations based on your pet's specific needs and medical history.
Please note that the information provided here is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If you suspect your pet has Cushing's disease or any other health concerns, consult your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.