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How is Cushing’s syndrome in dogs diagnosed?

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There’s no method that’s 100% accurate for diagnosing Cushing's. So the vet will do a few tests to see what may be causing your pet's symptoms and to rule out other health problems. Your vet will start by testing your dog’s blood and urine. These exams can detect diluted urine, urinary tract infections, or problems with a group of enzymes mostly found in the liver and bones called alkaline phosphatase. All of these are common in animals with Cushing’s. If the results show signs of the condition, your vet will follow up with hormone screening tests. If it seems like your pup could have Cushing’s, your vet might want to do an ultrasound scan of its belly. This imaging test will help the vet see if there’s a tumor on the adrenal glands. That could affect the kind of treatment your dog needs.

From: Cushing’s Syndrome in Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College Veterinary Internal Medicine. "ACVIM Fact Sheet: Cushing's Syndrome in Dogs."

The Merck Veterinary Manual. "Hyperadrenocorticism."

VCA Animal Hospitals.

University of Rochester Medical College.

FDA.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American College Veterinary Internal Medicine. "ACVIM Fact Sheet: Cushing's Syndrome in Dogs."

The Merck Veterinary Manual. "Hyperadrenocorticism."

VCA Animal Hospitals.

University of Rochester Medical College.

FDA.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 6, 2019

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