Cushing's disease, can also be known as Hyperadrenocorticism, which is where they produce too much hormones from the adrenal glands. Cushing's disease usually occurs in older dogs with an awful lot of symptoms that could easily have been thought to be something else which is part of the problem in diagnosing this condition. When the balance is off by illness or maybe an injury, or even old age, the body reacts from this. Eating and drinking can change, you can have internal organs stop working properly, or maybe they've been on medication to treat some other illness and it causes another. Cushings Disease in Yorkies does occur. It's one of those diseases that may not be realized for some time and as a rule I believe can be hard to diagnose. If you see increased appetite, or they are drinking and urinating a lot, panting a lot suddenly, a big bulging stomach, recent hair loss, all of these can occur with the disease, and as a whole may help your vet with his diagnosis. Unfortunately by the time they are exhibiting this many symptoms it has progressed pretty far along and they've had it for some time just progressing worse over time.
Cushing's disease can be diagnosed by blood tests. At any time that you have a suspicion of Cushings be sure to have the blood panel done by your vet. It's really a good idea as the dog approaches middle age to start doing blood panels routinely so your vet can get an idea of how things are looking in all areas of your dog's health. A lot of the times these routine blood panels can pre-warn you of changes and appropriate actions can be taken before things have progressed too far along.
There are several drug therapies available which you can discuss with your vet. If you do not treat this disease it will continue to get worse and can lead to life-threatening diseases of most of the internal organs, and will make worse any other problems your dog already has. If you suspect Cushing's Disease, see your vet now when it may be caught early enough to make a difference.
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