Hypoadrenocorticism or Addison’s disease is a low hormone output from the adrenal glands.
While the true cause of Addison’s disease is still unknown, there’s enough data for Vets to start coming up with the most likely candidates, with the leading idea being the result of an autoimmune process. In any event, Addison’s is the result of a damaged adrenal gland, which produces, among other things, aldosterone and cortisol.
The resultant imbalance cascades to all sorts of issues throughout your dog’s body.
The breeds with the biggest predisposition to this disease are:
The most common symptoms come under two main categories. Gastrointestinal and physical changes.
The GI issues include:
The physical changes include weakness
Yes. If left undiagnosed, Addison’s disease can be fatal. Most dogs will live normal lifespan with treatment.
Since many of the symptoms of Addison’s disease are also symptoms of other more common issues. There are several steps to achieving a diagnosis.
There are several medications and combinations of these medicines a dog will receive. You would work with your veterinarian to decide what medication or medications work best for your pup.