Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, is a fairly common condition of middle-aged to older dogs.  It is caused by an overproduction of the steroid hormone cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’), usually caused by a tiny, benign tumour on the pituitary gland in the brain, although it can also be caused by a tumour of the adrenal gland.

What are the signs of Cushing’s disease?

Staffie drinkingCommon signs of Cushing’s disease include:

  • excessive drinking and excessive urinating
  • increased appetite
  • panting, even when not exercising
  • thinning of the fur and skin
  • poor wound healing
  • reduced ability to exercise (getting tired quicker)


Further information

How is Cushing’s disease diagnosed?