Feeding guide and diet plan for any dog suffering from Cushing’s Disease
- Canine Nutritionist-approved
- Overview of Cushing’s Disease, its causes and symptoms
- Dietary adjustments and guidelines to help manage your dog’s Cushing’s Disease
- Suggested natural supplements
- Less than the price of a veterinary consultation
- Complete with recipes
Dog Cushing’s Disease Diet Plan
Cushing’s Disease or Cushing’s Syndrome, also known as Hyperadrenocorticism, is caused when your dog’s adrenal glands produce too much of the hormonal steroid cortisol. Cortisol helps your dog fight stress, control weight, keep blood sugar levels in check and fight infection.
Mostly affecting middle-aged and older dogs, Cushing’s is a difficult condition to diagnose and treat because its symptoms are so similar to other canine health conditions.
These symptoms include:
• Increased thirst and urination
• Constant hunger
• Hair loss
• Skin infections
• Distended abdomen (pot belly)
• Weakness and muscle wastage
• Excessive panting
There are two major types of Cushing’s Disease. The most common of these is caused by a benign tumour in the pituitary gland which is situated at the base of the brain. This is known as Pituitary Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism or PDH. PDH results in some 85% of Cushing’s cases.
A tumour in one (and sometimes both) of your dog’s two pituitary glands results in some 15% of cases. This is known as Adrenal Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism or ADH.
A third type of the disease, Iatrogenic Cushing’s Disease, is caused by prolonged use of steroids.
A major cause, perhaps the predominant cause of Cushing’s Disease, is considered to be over vaccination, either of the patient dog itself or of its parents. If this hypotheses is correct, it is a shocking indictment of the veterinary profession!
Treatment of Cushing’s Disease
Once your vet has diagnosed which type of Cushing’s your dog has, treatment will comprise either regular medication, surgery or perhaps a combination of the two. Those are out of your control. But what you can control is your dog’s diet.
To that end, I highly recommend this dog cushing’s disease diet plan.