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Addison's Disease

Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal glands fail to manufacture enough corticosteroids such as cortisol and aldosterone. This can happen if the pituitary gland fails to produce enough adrenocorticotropic hormone or ACTH, which signals the adrenal glands to produce the chemicals, or from an immune disorder where the body destroys its own adrenal tissue. Addison's disease disrupts normal metabolism as well as upsetting the balance of potassium, sodium, and glucose levels and if left untreated it can lead to death, but if well managed the Dog can live a fulfilled life. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness, rear lameness, "depression" and lethargy. Because of the varied and indistinct symptoms, veterinarians often fail to make an accurate diagnosis in the early stages. Bloodwork is necessary to confirm Addisons disease. Middle aged, female Dogs seem to be the most affected.

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