What is Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) means there are excessive levels of glucocorticosteroids (cortisone and cortisol) in the dog’s bloodstream. Corticosteroids are monitored by the pituitary gland and made by the adrenal glands and Cushing’s disease is either pituitary dependent or adrenal gland dependent.

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Cushing’s can lead to the long-term suppression of the immune system, possible liver damage, pancreatitis and dramatic reductions in quality of life due to loss and weakening of skeletal muscles.

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