Cushing’s isn’t only for people. Your dog is also at risk! Part 2

Our blog post last week began discussing Cushing’s Syndrome and how it isn’t just for people as it can also affect dogs. If you missed it last week you can find the blog post here where we went over the symptoms of Cushing’s, how it affects dogs and how the condition comes about in the first place.

Do you suspect Cushing’s?

If after reading through our list of symptoms you suspect your pet has Cushing’s syndrome, it would be handy to comb through your pet’s disease history, as well as any clinical examinations, for any clues. Blood and urine samples will also give you and your vet more information and help to shed light.

Blood tests will highlight changes such as:

  • – increased levels of the liver enzyme alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
  • – increased white blood cells
  • – platelets
  • – blood sugar
  • – cholesterol

 

These would all indicate excessive cortisol levels. A urine sample will reveal further data which may indicate Cushing’s. There also exist some tests specifically designed to confirm the diagnosis of Cushing’s. These include:

  • – examining the urine cortisol/creatinine ratio
  • – the low dose dexamethasone suppression test
  • – the high dose dexamethasone suppression test
  • – the ACTH stimulation test

Some of these tests takes several hours to complete, so your dog will need to remain at your vet’s through the day. It is also common practice to perform an ultrasound to check the liver and adrenal glands.

If you know someone whose dog is affected by Cushing’s be sure to share this blog post with them. The 3rd part of our discussion of Cushing’s Syndrome will follow next week.

Just follow us on social media for our updates on when the next part has been posted. We’re very active there and it would be great to connect with you!

I’m a veterinarian with almost 10 years experience in small animal practice. I’m originally from Sweden but moved to Copenhagen to fulfill my dream of becoming a vet. I’ve been working in Denmark, United Kingdom and back home in Sweden. Animals, especially dogs, has always been a big part of my life. Being a vet and helping animals and their owners, feels more like a privilege than a job.
Alvin, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel follows me anywhere I go.

Caroline Edvinsson

DVM, GPCertSAM, CEO @ TERST
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