Cushing's disease

Cushing’s disease among Spitz, poodle on rise

Dreadful Cushing’s disease among poodle and spitz is on rising. I searched over internet and saw that the cases are rising all over the world. In my town, I have seen this case more on cases of unvaccinated adults. 

Therefore, It is important t to understand this disease.

What causes the Cushing’s disease

There is an increase in levels of cortisone in blood. Among many other causes, this is due to a tumour in the Pituitary gland. 

Signs of Cushing’s disease-

  1. Increased thirst and urination. Urinary incontinence
  2. Increased panting
  3. hair loss
  4. Potbelly appearance despite low-calorie intake
  5. Irritability and restless(Biting tendency?)
  6. Thinning of skin, change in colour of skin
  7. Hind limb weakness
  8. Decrease in libido
  9. less sleep
  10. Increase in appetite- in 80% of cases


Urinary Cortisol creatinine ratio test,

Cortisol-induced alkaline phosphatase test


Depends upon the cause, if it is due to hyperadrenocorticism then therapy is aimed at reducing the of cortisol in the blood. Ketoconazole, Trilostane or selegiline. Consult your veterinarian. 

Post Author: Dr Suranjan Sarkar

Dr Suranjan Sarkar is a small animal veterinarian, working in this field since 1996. His area of expertise includes emergency and critical care medicine. He writes a blog to share his experiences in areas of his interest such as veterinary, pets, gardening, occult, social media etc. He says” One can express all his feelings by writing only”.

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