Cushingʼs Disease

This disease seems to be on the increase. Certainly we are diagnosing it a lot more often than we used to.

It is one of those polydipsic (excessive drinking) diseases. There are a number of drink-a-lot diseases and the moral of the story is if your dog drinks a lot go to the veterinarian.

Cushingʼs involves the body producing too much corticosteroid which in turn leads classically to excessive urination, excessive drinking, often excessive eating, thinning of the coat in a bilateral symmetrical pattern and often the development of a pot-bellied appearance. Diagnosis is by blood test and treatment is readily available.