Articles with Addison’s disease

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. For example, other less common causes include:…

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Dog Addison’s Diagnosis: Gracie Lou Clough’s Story

Dog Addison’s Diagnosis: Gracie Lou Clough’s Story

Canine Addison’s disease can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. Canine Addison’s disease doesn’t have a cure, but it can be managed with treatment. Thank you, Bobbi Borst Clough, for sharing Gracie Lou’s story. Gracie Lou’s story The background Gracie was a 10-year-old 134 lb English Mastiff. Gracie was abused until she was six months old. She then went…

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Canine Addison’s Disease Awareness: Valentino’s Story

Canine Addison’s Disease Awareness: Valentino’s Story

Canine Addison’s disease is referred to as the great pretender for a reason. The signs and symptoms are ambiguous and can be interpreted in many different ways. Sadly, many dogs don’t get their diagnosis until they collapse. Thank you, Deanna Lee, for sharing Valentino’s story to help raise awareness for this disease. Valentino’s story Valentino came into my life in…

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The Function of Cortisol: What Happens In A Dog’s Body When It Goes Awry?

The Function of Cortisol: What Happens In A Dog’s Body When It Goes Awry?

Cortisol is a vital hormone from the glucocorticoid family of steroid hormones. Cortisol is primarily produced by a dog’s adrenal glands. In health, cortisol plays a critical role in the dog’s ability to cope with stress. It stimulates glucose production and the breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to provide fuel for the body. Cortisol also suppresses the immune system.…

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