Dog Breeds Prone to Cushing’s Disease, and Knowing Better about Cushing’s Disease

Dog Breeds Prone to Cushing’s Disease, and Knowing Better about Cushing’s Disease

Wondering what kind of dog breeds prone to Cushing’s disease? Many dog parents are afraid whether their beloved canine gets a higher chance in getting this disease. Well, that’s a fact that there are various kinds of dog breeds which tend to catch this disease. And you will cover about that in this article below.

First of all, let’s understand what Cushing disease in dogs is. Also known as Cushing’s syndrome, this disease is basically a condition which makes your dog’s ‘flight or fight’ system degrades and malfunctioned. It comes with a result of high cortisol level.

But why is high cortisol bad for the dog? Cortisol is the hormone that controls the flight or fight response if your dog is faced with a threat. This hormone is produced by the adrenal glands, which are placed in front of both kidneys. Before the kidney’s adrenal glands produces the hormone, it is the pituitary’s task to tell the glands to release this flight-or-fight hormone.

There are three kinds of Cushing’s disease in dogs:

  1. Pituitary dependent, which takes the biggest proportion of Cushing’s disease cases.
  2. Adrenal dependent, which takes around 10-15% of Cushing’s disease cases.
  3. Iatrogenic Cushing’s disease, which is caused by a prolonged steroid use.

Generally, the sufferers are aged dogs that are seven years old or even older. Breed can also take a role in determining the dog’s tendency in getting Cushing’s disease.

So what dog breeds prone to Cushing’s disease? Here is the list.

  1. Boxers,
  2. Boston terriers
  3. Poodles, especially the miniature ones
  4. Dachshund
  5. Yorkshire terriers
  6. Staffordshire terriers.

Your dog’s breed may not be on the list, but that should not make you become ignorant to knowing the symptoms of this disease. All types of Cushing’s disease mentioned earlier have relatively similar signs and symptoms.

The following will be included as the signs of Cushing’s disease in dogs.

Increased thirst and/or appetite

  • Too much panting
  • Thinning, fragile skin
  • Skin infections
  • Lethargy
  • Inflated-belly appearance
  • Increased urination, which may manifest in having frequent ‘accidents’
  • Hair loss or thinning

Diagnosing Cushing’s disease can be difficult if you just rely on the symptoms. That said, you need to go to a vet for a checkup. Typically, your vet will conduct two kinds of tests: which are ACTH (adenocorticotropic hormone) stimulation test, as well as LDDS (low-dose dexamethasone suppression) test.

Aside from that, your vet may also use an ultrasound device to image whether there is a tumor presence or not. With those done, your vet will know what intervention he will advised for your dog.

Hope the information above will be beneficial for you. By knowing what dog breeds prone to Cushing’s disease, you will know what you should do if your dog is one among those breeds mentioned.

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