Canine Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
- Last updated on January 24, 2012
Addison's disease is a condition that can often result in symptoms of adrenal fatigue in dogs. It is caused by the underproduction of hormones from the adrenal glands. It occurs when a tumor, medications (steroids in particular) or infection negatively affects the glands. The dog may have experienced an autoimmune reaction, causing the immune system to attack the adrenal glands.
- Weakness, lethargy
- Lack of appetite
- Tremors or shaking
- Pain in hind quarters
A class of steroids called corticosteroids and a medication called fludrocortisones are administered to the dog orally for the rest of his or her life.
There is a homeopathic remedy called PetAlive Adrenal Super-Boost to temporarily relieve adrenal fatigue and supports adrenal gland functioning.