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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Your Dog And Infections: Alien Invasion

Your Dog And Infections: Alien Invasion

As long as your dog lives in this world, they can sucumb to an infection. Pathogens are always looking out for an opportunity. The important distinction to make is between the presence of a pathogen—exposure and active infection. The formula for infection consists of variables: presence of pathogen failure of immune response The world is full of pathogens—they are everywhere. Some…

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IMHA Complications in a Dog: Whitney’s Lost Battle

IMHA Complications in a Dog: Whitney’s Lost Battle

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a condition in which the dog’s immune system attacks its own red blood cells. If severe anemia wasn’t bad enough, IMHA is notorious for its complications. The most common complication is thromboembolic disease. As a result, blood can clot within vital organs and cause difficulty breathing and even sudden death. Source: South Carolina Veterinary Specialists Thank…

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