Thursday, January 26, 2012

Addison Disease in Dogs

Uncommon Disorder- Addison Disease

Addison's disease is a endocrine disorder which results from a deficient production of adrenal glands. The immune system causes the destruction of the adrenal glands. There is normally a deficiency of cortisol which is responsible for dealing with stress. Dogs who may have a predisposition to this disease are Great Danes, German Shepard, Bearded Collie, English Springer and Portuguese Water Dog. Fortunately, this disease is rare in dogs and even more so in cats.

Please watch for the following symptoms in your dog:
  1. Vomiting
  2. Weight Loss
  3. Excessive thirst
  4. Diahrhea
  5. Lethargy
  6. Limited Appetite

This disease can be difficult to diagnose as it presents symptoms of other dog diseases. Diagnoses will require bloodwork, the dog's history, a complete physical history, and urinalysis test. Treatment will depend on how far the disease has spread, which is why it is always important to make yearly check-ups with your veterinarian. If your dog has been diagnosed, the following treatments are as follows: fluids and cortisol replacement. Be sure to work with your veterinarian.l


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