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?
Common 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)