Could My Dog Have Cushing’s Disease?

Could my dog have Cushing’s Disease? What is Cushing’s Disease? Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is caused by excessive secretion of steroids (cortisol) from the adrenal glands due to a mass on one of the adrenal glands or a small benign growth on the pituitary gland. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms seen at home are increased thirst and urination, panting, increased hunger, and thinning of the hair coat. Additionally, this condition most commonly…

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What You Should Know About Lily Toxicity in Cats

There are many common household products that can cause kidney failure in dogs or cats. The most common are antifreeze (ethylene glycol) in dogs and cats, grapes and raisins in dogs, and lilies in cats. Lily toxicity is increasingly common during the Easter holiday season, and cat owners should be careful bringing these plants into the home. Some lilies such as the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla will not cause kidney failure, but rather cause local…

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“Cushing’s disease” – Canine Hyperadrenocorticism

Hyperadrenocorticism, commonly referred to as “Cushing’s Disease”, is a disease caused by an overproduction of cortisol from the adrenal glands and can occur in two different forms: pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism or an adrenal gland tumor. The pituitary gland (a small structure located at the base of the brain) secretes a hormone called ACTH which causes the adrenal glands (located next to the kidneys) to secrete cortisol and other hormones. In normal dogs, the cortisol ‘feeds back’…

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Hemoabdomen in Dogs

The abdominal cavity is a space containing many different organs, such as the spleen, liver, intestines, and bladder. A hemoabdomen is diagnosed when there is blood in this cavity. This is abnormal since blood does not normally exist in the abdominal cavity freely. This is often called “internal bleeding” and can lead to severe anemia (a low blood count) and eventual death if not treated. Where Does the Blood in the Abdomen Come From?…

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius (MRSP) in Dogs and Cats

Frequently Asked Questions About Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius (MRSP) in Dogs & Cats What is Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius (S. Pseudintermedius)? S. pseudintermedius is a bacterium commonly found on the skin, mouth, nose, or in the gastrointestinal tract of ~50% of dogs and cats. It typically causes no problems at all but it can cause opportunistic infections. This means that if your pet becomes sick or injured, S. pseudintermedius can take advantage of their weakened defenses and cause…

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