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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.

Symptoms 

  • Diarrhea 
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness, lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Pain in hind quarters

Treatment

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.