What is Cushing’s Disease?

Cushing’s disease, also called hyperadrenocorticism, is a condition where your dachshund’s body produces too much cortisol.

This hormone helps regulate different processes, but too much can cause health problems.

Dachshunds and Cushing’s:

Unfortunately, dachshunds are more prone to this disease compared to other breeds. It’s important to be aware of the signs and seek help early for the best chance of successful treatment.

What Happens?

There are two main ways Cushing’s develops:

1. Pituitary Tumor: A tiny mass at the brain’s base causes the pituitary gland to overproduce a hormone called ACTH. This, in turn, makes the adrenal glands pump out too much cortisol.

2. Adrenal Gland Tumor: A growth on the adrenal gland itself directly produces excessive cortisol.

Signs to Watch For:

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Pot-bellied appearance (weight gain, especially around the abdomen)
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Thinning fur or hair loss
  • Increased appetite
  • Panting more than usual
  • Skin problems like infections or thinning

Getting Help:

If you notice any of these signs, talk to your veterinarian right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for managing Cushing’s and improving your dachshund’s quality of life.

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