Canine Cushing’s Syndrome: A Common Conundrum

A dog drinks out of a water bowl.

When we talk about the cardiovascular system or the musculoskeletal system, most people know what we mean. Other organ systems are a little less familiar, however. This doesn’t make them any less important.

Perhaps the most nebulous body system is the endocrine system, composed of all of the glands that produce the hormones that control things like metabolism, growth, and reproduction. In veterinary medicine, problems like diabetes and thyroid dysfunction fall under the endocrine disease category. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, another common endocrine disease that we see is canine Cushing’s syndrome. This disease is often not familiar to our pet parents, but it is an important one to understand.