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Addison's Disease

Addison’s Disease┬áis a deficiency of cortisol (a glucocorticoid) and/or aldosterone (a mineralocorticoid). The deficiency can be caused by faulty brain (pituitary) signals to the adrenal glands or by faulty adrenal glands. Cortisol and aldosterone deficiencies cause the levels of sodium and potassium to be abnormal.

Key facts about Addison’s disease in dogs and cats
  • Addison’s disease is a rare disease.
  • Although it is rare, Addison’s Disease in dogs and cats is sometimes difficult to diagnose.

Both dogs and cats develop Addison’s disease, and the following breeds have a higher incidence than normal of canine Addison’s Disease:

  • Great Danes
  • Rottweilers
  • Portuguese Water Dogs
  • Standard Poodles
  • West Highland White Terriers
  • Wheaten Terriers


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