Diagnosing Cushing's in Dogs
Cushings disease is common in older dogs; diagnosis and treatment can be complicated.
Sometimes life-threatening illnesses develop so slowly that no one pays much attention. An older dog whos always thirsty drinks huge quantities of water. Hes hungrier than usual and has developed a thin coat and pot belly. He pants all the time, and now his hind legs are losing muscle tone and getting weak. Many owners dismiss these as normal signs of aging, but they are classic symptoms of Cushings disease, which affects an estimated 100,000 dogs in the U.S. every year.