What Is Addison’s Disease In Dogs

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Addison’s disease occurs when dogs’ adrenal glands produce insufficient cortisol and aldosterone hormones to maintain proper sugar

Hormone Deficiency    

Certain breeds like Standard Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs and West Highland White Terriers have higher Addison’s risk 

Genetics   

Veterinarians diagnose Addison’s through blood tests assessing electrolyte levels and adrenal function

Diagnosis

Replacing missing cortisol and aldosterone through oral fludrocortisone medication effectively manages Addison’s symptoms 

Treatment  

Fludrocortisone costs range from $20-60 monthly. Initial diagnosis expenses reach $300+ for blood panels

Costs 

With treatment, dogs diagnosed with Addison’s disease often live full, high quality lives comparable to healthy canine lifespans 

Lifespan 

Addisonian crisis involving severe lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and collapse due to stress or forgotten medication requires swift emergency

Complications  

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