Articles by Dr. John A. Bukowski, DVM, and Dr. Susan E. Aiello, DVM

Dr. John A. Bukowski, DVM, and Dr. Susan E. Aiello, DVM are veterinarians and contributing writers to the Merck Veterinary Manual. The included articles were originally published with the permission of WebVet. That website doesn't exist since and I am honored to preserve the articles on my blog.
A Primer On Addison’s Disease: What is Addison’s Disease in Dogs?

A Primer On Addison’s Disease: What is Addison’s Disease in Dogs?

In dogs, the main cause of Addison’s disease is an immune process. Often, dogs develop Addison’s disease when their immune system destroys adrenal tissue. Addison’s disease can sometimes develop as a side effect of overtreatment for Cushing’s disease. Further, Addison’s disease can result from suddenly stopping long-term steroid treatment without a gradual withdrawal period. Other, less common causes include: trauma infection…

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A Primer On Cushing’s Disease: What is Cushing’s Disease in Dogs?

A Primer On Cushing’s Disease: What is Cushing’s Disease in Dogs?

Cushing’s disease, named after the first physician who reported it, results from an excess of cortisol in the body.  It is most common in middle-aged to older dogs. The most susceptible breeds include: Poodles Dachshunds Boston Terriers Boxers Beagles Introduction Cortisol is a corticosteroid hormone that controls metabolism and response to stress.   It is produced by the adrenal glands, which…

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