Kikki is an 8 year old miniature long hair dachshund and is my world. She has just been diagnosed with cushing's disease and she has the rarest one being adrenal gland tumor. I'm struggling to keep up with the cost etc and i'm asking for all animal lovers to please help me save Kikk's life by simply donating $1 to go towards tests, treatments and maybe surgery.
Another effect of increased cortisone is increased appetite. Dogs with Cushing’s Disease never seem to be full. This constant eating leads to weight gain and obesity.
The hair on black-coated dogs with cushings disease often develops a rust or brown color.
Cortisone also causes the muscles of the legs to wither and the liver to enlarge so that in advanced states, the dog starts to look like a fat, pot bellied barrel on spindly legs. In this condition the pet’s exercise tolerance and activity decrease.
It becomes more and more difficult for the pet to jump onto the bed or climb stairs. With time, its hair coat will become sparse – especially on both flanks. Hair on the head and legs usually remains normal. It may take very long for your pet's hair to regrow after clipping. The dogs skin thins due to the action of cortisone which causes it to become more susceptible to scrapes and infections. A textbook sign of Cushing’s Disease (which I have never seen) is mineralized skin nodules called Calcinosis Cutis.
Dogs that are at high risk for this disease include Silky Terriers, Bull Terriers, Boston Terriers and Yorkshire terriers, Dachshunds, and Poodles. Female dogs seem a bit more susceptible to adrenal gland tumors. Dogs that develop the disease are generally older than five years.
It is not unusual for dogs with Cushings Disease to have other endocrine gland problems such as diabetes or recurrent pancreatitis so their long term survival can be threatened.
If tests determined that there is an adrenal gland tumor, it can be removed. The surgery is quite specialized and dangerous so many veterinarians prefer to have a specialist attempt it or elect to treat the dog medically. Pituitary gland tumors are not usually removed. Most cases of Cushings Disease are managed medically.