Cushing’s disease in dogs is the name given for the over production of natural cortisone by an over active adrenal gland.
“The adrenals are small glands located just forward of the kidneys. They are so small, in fact, they were virtually ignored by early anatomists for centuries. Although small in size, they are extremely important in the overall hormonal balance of the body and its ability to maintain homeostasis.
The adrenal glands also interact with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland; the collaboration of the three glands is known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). Their joint activities help control the body’s reactions to stress, whether it is physical or psychological. They also help regulate body processes such as digestion, the immune system, and energy usage.” by Randy Kidd, DVM, PhD (Whole Dog Journal full article).
Symptoms of Cushing’s disease in dogs.
The primary observable symptoms of Cushing’s include:
- bloated abdomen
- thinning hair coat
- excess drinking
- excess urinating
In the vast majority of cases the over active adrenal gland results from a tumor in another gland called the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. The condition progresses with growth of the tumor.
The herb Ginko biloba has been shown to reduce the production of natural cortisone in dogs with Cushing’s disease.
See also Addison’s disease in dogs >