Cushings Disease

An article about Cushing’s Disease in dogs, the consumer is a client of Dr Johnson at Johnson Vet Services. This is a very simplified description to orient a customer to the condition.

PREMISE:  There’s an organ in dog’s bodies that makes a hormone that allows them to deal with stress. And it allows the kidney to make changes as needed across the body. It’s a “regulatory” chemical, and it’s called “CORTISOL”. The organ that produces this hormone is “the adrenal gland” located down in the abdomen next to the kidney.


In some cases, a dog starts making TOO MUCH cortisol. The side effects are:

  • Thirst
  • Hunger
  • Extreme vulnerability to infections
  • Thin skin
  • Lethargy
  • Elevated liver enzymes, and even liver damage

Download or read the entire Cushing’s Disease document (It’s one page) HERE


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Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.