Cushing’s syndrome is an incurable but entirely treatable condition that is caused by a malfunctioning pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland governs growth and governs adrenaline production. The pituitary gland produces a hormone called cortisol, which stimulates growth and also stimulates the adrenal glands in to production.
A healthy pituitary gland will create growth hormones during the normal canine growth period and will cease production once the dog is fully grown.
An over active or otherwise malfunctioning pituitary gland can cause excessive growth. It can also cause excessive adrenaline production as it sends incorrect messages to the adrenal glands. The over production of adrenaline is what causes Cushing’s Syndrome.
Some breeds are more prone to the disease than others, including:
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