Are you confused about Cushing’s and Addison’s diseases in dogs? You’re not alone. These two conditions involving the adrenal gland can be puzzling, but today, we’re going to shed some light on them.
Cushing’s and Addison’s diseases may seem like opposites, but they both revolve around the adrenal gland. Cushing’s primarily affects the outside of the adrenal gland, while Addison’s targets the inside, impacting different hormones. These conditions can also be linked to adrenal tumors or remain idiopathic, with no known cause. The pituitary gland can also be involved in some cases.
Cushing’s disease is more common in older dogs and often presents with a characteristic potbelly and skin changes. On the other hand, Addison’s disease, though rarer, can be life-threatening, especially in younger dogs like standard poodles.
Managing these conditions can be challenging. While medications are available, they can stress the liver and body. The difficulty lies in regulating adrenal function, as the glands naturally produce stress hormones as needed.
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Now, here’s a story that illustrates the challenges. Meet Zoe, a dachshund who suffered from Cushing’s disease. Despite receiving injections for treatment, Zoe’s condition worsened, ultimately resulting in a heart attack. This tragic incident highlights the complexities of managing these diseases, especially with injections that lack precise measurement.
So, what can we do to prevent and manage Cushing’s and Addison’s diseases in our furry friends? It starts with a holistic approach. Consider contributing factors like pharmaceuticals, toxins, food quality, water cleanliness, and even EMF exposure. Instead of waiting for a diagnosis, proactive pet parents are turning to raw diets, whole food supplements, and spring clean water to promote better health in their pets.
Remember, knowledge is key. Educate yourself about your pet’s health and make informed decisions. Knowing better can lead to doing better for your pets.
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