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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:

Another kind, called iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome, happens after a dog has taken steroids for a long time.

  • Pituitary dependent. This form is the most common, affecting about 80% to 90% of the animals who have Cushing's. It happens when there’s a tumor in a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain, called the pituitary.
  • Adrenal dependent. This type comes from a tumor in one of the glands that sit on top of the kidneys, called adrenal glands. About 15% of diagnosed dogs will have this type.

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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