Adrenal Problems in Dogs

Tess Thompson

A small puppy can bring great joy to you and your family.  This new pet can also be a constant source of heartache and discomfort when they fall sick.  Dogs can soon become an essential part of the family and seeing them suffer from any disease or discomfort can cause considerable agony.

Though minor problems can be managed easily, serious conditions tend to get complicated if adequate care is not given in time.  The only way to ensure early detection of problems is to astutely observe their behaviors.

In order to ensure the best outcome, adrenal problem in dogs need to be detected and diagnosed as early as possible.

The adrenal glands are located near your dog’s kidneys. They play an important role the general health of your dog. Any kind of ailment that involving the adrenal glands can cause numerous other ailments that can be fatal if not treated in time.

Malfunction of the adrenal glands is a disturbance in the production of steroid hormones. It usually occurs due to injury or old age. But sometimes it can also occur due to human negligence.

For example, Cushing’s disease in dogs is caused by an excess dosage of synthetic corticosteroids, like prednisone.  This drug is often used in curing other diseases.  Its usage tends to be often abused resulting in Cushing’s disease. Many pet owners use this drug carelessly, without realizing the effects that it can have.

Cushing’s disease is also known as hyperadrenocorticism in dogs, since it indicates high levels of corticosteroids in the system.

Adrenal problems like these can cause many complications for the dog and the dog owner. Functions like regulating water and electrolyte balance in the body are hampered and compromised. The manifestations of these issues are excessive thirst, increased appetite and obesity, high frequency of urine, weakening of muscles, skin and hair problems, amongst others.

On the other hand, an under active adrenal gland can also cause health issues for dogs.  Problems related to the kidney, reduced appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain are only few of the symptoms that accompany this condition.

In conclusion, the adrenal glands play a significant role in the overall health of a dog; therefore, owners should make an effort to catch any signs of adrenal degeneration in time to allow adequate health care and therapy.


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