Health & Wellness
It’s normal for pups to pant after lots of playtime (parents, you’re probably breathing heavily, too!). But, constant panting that’s not due to exercise, heat or stress could be caused by Cushing’s disease. Veterinarian and pet health advocate Dr. Aliya McCullough explains the ins and outs of this condition and how it could be impacting your dog.
Cushing’s disease occurs when your dog’s adrenal glands produce too much of a steroid called cortisol, a hormone that’s released in response to stress.
Along with excessive panting, symptoms of Cushing’s disease include:
There aren’t stages of Cushing’s disease, however, without the right treatment plan, the disease can lead to other conditions like high blood pressure.
Smaller and older dogs are more susceptible to Cushing’s disease. The following breeds run a higher risk of developing the condition, too:
Talk to your vet about the right treatment option for Cushing’s disease. Veterinarians will typically begin with bloodwork and an examination to diagnose the condition — oral medications are often the recommended resolution.
While Cushing’s disease is manageable, the average life expectancy after being diagnosed is 3 to 6 years.
We hope your pup never experiences Cushing’s disease, but if they start showing symptoms, you’ll be prepared to ask the right questions and get them the treatment they need.
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