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What are the different types of Cushing’s syndrome in dogs?

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There are two major types that affect dogs:

Less common form of Cushing’s is called iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome, happens after a dog has taken steroids for a long time.

  • Pituitary dependent. In as many as 90%of cases, the dog has a tumor in a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain, called the pituitary.
  • Adrenal dependent. About 15-20% of dogs have a tumor in the adrenal gland on top of the kidneys.

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 06, 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 06, 2019

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