Cushing’s disease is when your Pit Bull’s adrenal glands start producing too much cortisol. This is usually because of tumors that form in the adrenal or pituitary glands of your dog. It will shorten your dogs life span but is not directly fatal usually. This will depend on the ability for the dog to undergo surgery for the removal of the tumors.
- Increased water consumption and urination
- Hair Loss
- Excessive Panting
- Thinning of the skin
- Increase in appetite
- Abdominal enlargement
- Weakening of the muscles
- Calcinosis Cutis (calcified skin lumps)
This is usually seen in older dogs, so as the dog grows older they are less likely to survive, given a surgery is involved. The best thing you can do when you notice any of these symptoms is to make an appointment with a veterinarian. This disease is not nearly as an emergency as Bloat in dogs. However it will cause for concern. The biggest worry would be the surgery, because your Pit Bulls ability to undergo surgery will effect the ultimate decision. If your Pit Bull is not able to undergo surgery, you will have a tough, but ultimately inevitable decision to make.
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