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Category: hormonal diseases


Hormones are chemical signals within the body. They are generally transported in the blood to carry messages from one part of the body to another. Diseases of the hormonal system are not uncommon in dogs and can be caused by an excess or a deficiency of a number of hormones. Because hormones are carried throughout the body disorders of the hormone system can often have far reaching effects on many different body systems.

Most hormone diseases are treatable – particularly those resulting from a hormone deficiency as this can usually be compensated for by supplementing the animal with the missing hormone. In most cases treatment needs to be lifelong and it often takes a long time to find exactly the right treatment for an individual pet so it is essential that you work closely with your vet in managing hormone problems.

Hypothyroidism (Thyroid Hormone Deficiency)

Thyroid hormone is produced by a small organ in the neck. A lack of this hormone (hypothyroidism) may cause a whole range of problems. Dogs with this disease are often mistakenly thought to be just getting old. It is worth

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes is a relatively common disease in older people and is being recognised more frequently in older pets. If untreated the disease has serious effects and will ultimately result in the death of your pet. The good news is that

Cushing’s Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism)

Although Cushing's disease is a severe disease the changes it causes can be quite subtle in the early stages. Many owners do not recognise the signs of Cushing's disease in their pet, instead confusing the changes caused by the disease

Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism)

Although Addison's disease can be a very serious disease the changes it causes can be very subtle in the early stages. The signs of the disease are variable and often vague. It is important to get an early diagnosis because,