Early detection, home health screening kit for dogs and cats

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—Roger Caras, former President ASPCA

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Cushing’s Disease

Definition

Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is the overproduction of the hormone cortisol by the adrenal glands that are located near the kidneys. It can also be caused by a growth in the adrenal gland or the pituitary gland. It is more common in dogs than cats and generally affects dogs 6 years of age or older. It is most often seen in poodles, dachshunds, terriers, German shepherds and golden retrievers. However, the disease can also affect younger animals.

Cushing’s often predisposes an animal to diabetes. In cats with Cushing’s especially, it is common for them to have diabetes as well.

Symptoms

  • Symmetrical hair loss
  • Excessive eating, drinking and urination
  • Lethargy
  • Distended abdomen
  • Skin abnormalities
  • Secondary urinary tract infections

How using ThePetCheckup regularly can help

By weakening the immune system, Cushing’s disease can make animals more vulnerable to other diseases. Therefore, early detection of this illness is extremely important. Because this disease is difficult to diagnose, there is no one test to identify it.

If consistent imbalances on ThePetCheckup test make your veterinarian suspect the possibility of Cushing’s, he or she may want to do further specialized testing involving blood and urine tests as well as follow-up with x-rays and/or ultrasonography.

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