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Posted by: TC | 2010/08/27

Fred the Jack Rustle

Hi Doc,

Looks as though Fred has cusing desease. They are keeping him for further test today. They did a scan last night and it looks as though there is a growth of some sort on either his bladder or his prostate. They will also be investigating this further today.

Please could you explain cusing desease to me (that a blond will understand).

Thanks

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Hi TC

Cushing's disease occurs in dogs that produce to much cortisol (hormone that regulated the body's metabolism)

Cortisol is released in times of stress and is involved with the metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrates.It is produced by the adrenal glands (near the kidney)and is controlled by a hormone called ACTH that is released from the pituitary gland in the brain.

In cushing's there is overproduction of cortisol and this has a harmful effect on other organs and metabolism.

Most dogs with cushings have a benign tumour of the pituitary gland (85%) and this produces to much ACTH and as a result there is overproduction of cortisol. The other cause of cushing's is a tumour on either of the adrenal glands which produces excess cortisol.

Clinical sign's may include :
Increased drinking
Pot belly
Thin Skin
Ravenous appetite
Muscle wastage
Lethargy
Excessive panting
Hair loss and skin infections

Diagnosis is confirmed by doing a ACTH stimulation test and a Low dose dexamethasone test. You will have to leave the dog with the vet while te test is being conducted.

If confirmed then the condition can be controlled with certain types of drugs. There is no cure for this endocine problem

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2010/08/27

Hi TC

Cushing's disease occurs in dogs that produce to much cortisol (hormone that regulated the body's metabolism)

Cortisol is released in times of stress and is involved with the metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrates.It is produced by the adrenal glands (near the kidney)and is controlled by a hormone called ACTH that is released from the pituitary gland in the brain.

In cushing's there is overproduction of cortisol and this has a harmful effect on other organs and metabolism.

Most dogs with cushings have a benign tumour of the pituitary gland (85%) and this produces to much ACTH and as a result there is overproduction of cortisol. The other cause of cushing's is a tumour on either of the adrenal glands which produces excess cortisol.

Clinical sign's may include :
Increased drinking
Pot belly
Thin Skin
Ravenous appetite
Muscle wastage
Lethargy
Excessive panting
Hair loss and skin infections

Diagnosis is confirmed by doing a ACTH stimulation test and a Low dose dexamethasone test. You will have to leave the dog with the vet while te test is being conducted.

If confirmed then the condition can be controlled with certain types of drugs. There is no cure for this endocine problem

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