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Cushing syndrome in dogs: symptoms


The symptoms of Cushing's syndrome in dogs can occur with different levels and can be very different. Especially when your dog is older, the signs described below can indicate the disease. Various symptoms can occur with Cushing's syndrome - Image: Shutterstock / Greg Henry

With Cushing's Syndrome, physical changes can occur, those that affect metabolism and those that are visible on the dog's skin and hair. All of them quickly make it clear that something is wrong with the animal in question.

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Sick animals often suddenly drink and eat a lot and become significantly more susceptible to infections. Wounds heal more slowly than usual. Affected four-legged friends tend to pant a lot and have to go out often to do small business. Because the muscles recede, sick dogs become weaker, and a change in their appearance can also be recognized in some dogs by a hanging belly.

Skin and hair problems

Cushing's syndrome makes the dog's skin thinner - when you spread your fur with your fingers, you may see translucent veins and darker areas. Dry, flaky skin, inflammation and other skin problems can also occur in this dog disease.

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A sick dog has dull fur that looks thinner and thin and loses more of it than usual. Especially on the ears, flanks and belly, severe hair loss can occur, so that even bald spots can occur. All symptoms can occur individually or in combination with each other. If you suspect the disease, see a veterinarian as soon as possible to be certain of one and to have your pet treated as soon as possible if the worst comes to the worst.