Cushing’s Disease in Dogs: The Disease Your Vet is Likely to Miss
Cushing’s disease was originally diagnosed in a human in 1932 by Dr. Harvey Cushing. The middle layer of your pet’s adrenal gland, the zona fasciculata, can over produce glucocorticoids and create what is traditionally known as ‘typical’ Cushing’s disease. If your pet has taken prednisone, he is predisposed to acquire Cushing’s disease. Hands down, the most common form of Cushing’s disease in pets is the pituitary dependent form.
In my practice, most Cushing’s dogs get referred after a misdiagnosed liver disease. If your pet’s ALP value is elevated, ask your vet if this could be the start of Cushing’s disease. If your pet has symptoms of Cushing’s disease but you can’t afford the expensive tests required for a definitive diagnosis, you can ask your veterinarian to do a urine test called the urine cortisol to creatinine ratio test, or the UCC.The UCC must be run using the first urine of the morning. If your dog’s urine cortisol is within the normal range he most likely does not have typical Cushing’s disease. The CiALP is a simple and effective screening test to determine whether your pet is starting down the path toward Cushing’s disease.
Dogs don’t suddenly wake up and have Cushing’s disease. Dogs headed toward Cushing’s disease, but not yet completely Cushingoid are in the gray zone I consider your dog as having pre-Cushing’s syndrome when he exhibits symptoms of Cushing’s disease, but is still able to pass an ACTH stim test. Finding an integrative vet if your pet has Cushing’s symptoms is critical, as this can mean the difference between resolving the problem before it starts, or managing the disease in your pet for the remainder of his life.
FACT CHECK: Is PETA Stealing and Killing Pets?
CLAIM. PETA workers are stealing family pets and euthanizing them. RATING WHAT’S TRUE. PETA associates have been involved in some incidents involving the alleged theft and/or euthanization of family pets. WHAT’S FALSE.
PETA workers do not routinely lure pets away from families for the sole purpose of euthanizing the animals. Rumor circulating in the rescue world that PETA is rounding up healthy pets and killing them wholesale without trying to find homes for them. In at least two cases, PETA workers have been arrested in incidents involving the taking of companion animals that were not subsequently surrendered to shelters. WARNING: PETA may be in your neighborhood rounding up animals to kill. Shortly afterward, a PETA attorney called and informed the family that Maya was dead.
PETA had killed her. In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 animals. Harris, who was driving a PETA van, and co-worker Carrie Beth Edwards were accused of stealing the dog and charged with felony theft. In the last 12 years, PETA has killed 31,250 companion animals. It is a lie because rescue groups, individuals, and veterinarians have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable and PETA insiders have admitted as much, one former intern reporting that he quit in disgust after witnessing perfectly healthy puppies and kittens in the kill room.
Aside from those two incidents, we’ve found no evidence supporting the claim that PETA regularly takes household pets from their homes and euthanizes them.
Happy, Healthy Pets with Mark C. Robinson Podcasts
Mark C. Robinson, president of Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com, talks to you about cutting edge advances in pet health and well-being, the latest pet products and services on the market, local and global pet issues, rescues and shelters worth shouting about, and inspirational stories from pet caretakers around the world. Let’s talk about where and how to get a new dog family member. SFT rescue in Morocco Michael Baine’s rescue in Thailand. Kelly Arsenault, founder and president of Pronepups.org.
Papillon Rescue of the North East is a 501c3 organization founded in 2012. They have now come together to join forces and strengthen their abilities. Their mission continues to be focused on the rescue, rehabiliation, and lifetime health and happiness of the dogs placed in their care. Bryanna Santoro, a Jr. volunteer at P.R.O.N.E.
also joins the show. She is 13-years-old and has always loved animals and wants to be a veterinarian. She met Kelly and P.R.O.N.E 3 years ago at the Kingston fair, and has been involved ever since.
Welcome to Heroes for Healthy Pets
The Heroes for Healthy Pets certification program was created to help veterinary professionals and pet businesses create facilities dedicated to being disease free. The program is co-sponsored by the International Boarding and Pet Services Association, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians, and Pet Sitters International and is powered by Clorox Healthcare – makers of cleaning, disinfection, and hand hygiene solutions and Merck Animal Health – makers of Nobivac® vaccines. To become certified, the veterinary or pet professional must view both modules and then pass a certification exam. Heroes for Healthy Pets provides two hours of RACE-approved continuing education credits for veterinary professionals, two hours of PACCC approved continuing education units for pet professionals, and two hours of PACCC and CPPS® approved continuing education units for pet professionals.