Cushing’s disease is a very common disease among dogs and can effect each one differently. Although mostly elderly dogs are susceptible to this disease, Cushing’s disease can affect any dog at any phase of life. The symptoms associated with these disease may mislead the owners and the vets with other diseases. However, Cushing’s disease should be diagnosed as soon as possible, as the symptoms aggravate with time and it may become too late for any treatment to be effective. Some of the symptoms which should alert you about your dog’s condition are mentioned below.
Symptoms of Cushing’s Disease:
Frequent urination and increased thirst
One of the early symptoms that your dog may exhibit while suffering from Cushing’s disease is urinating multiple times within a short span of time (polyuria) and drinking excessive water (polydyspsia). This disorder is often associated with kidney disorder. However in reality, it is the increased levels of corticosteroids in the blood while boosts the desire to urinate and consume water excessively.
Symptoms of Cushing’s: Weight gain
Abnormal weight gain is a common and one of the early signs that indicates that a dog is suffering from Cushing’s disease. Weight gain is a result of increased cortisone levels in the blood. High cortisone levels in the blood boosts the dogs appetite and water retention capabilities. This is the reason why the dog swells up and becomes obese. The other reason which greatly accounts for the tremendous weight gain and swelled up appearance of dogs suffering from Cushing’s disease is weakened abdominal ligaments. This often leads the dog to appear pot bellied.
Symptoms of Cushing’s: Panting
Panting and breathlessness are common associated symptoms of Cushing’s disease in dogs. Although dogs are often misdiagnosed with having heart disease due to this symptom, while in actual panting and breathlessness occurs mainly due to weakening of body muscles and due to to the abrupt gain in weight.
>Symptoms of Cushing’s: Hypertension
Hypertension or most commonly high blood pressure is yet another persisting symptom in dogs suffering from Cushing’s disease. Hypertension or high blood pressure should be immediately checked and kept under control to prevent the dog’s condition from becoming worse.
Symptoms of Cushing’s: Abrupt hair-loss
One of the most prominent symptoms that dogs suffering from Cushing’s disease display is an abrupt loss of hair coat. The coat starts thinning to an extent that the skin gets exposed and the loss occurs in patches, especially in the flanks and trunk region. The most amazing thing about hair loss due to Cushing’s disease is that the hair loss is symmetrical, which means that it occurs in the same way on both the sides of the body.