Canine Addison's Disease FAQ

Q. Are there any other health issues I need to worry about?

A. Because Addison's Disease is an autoimmune problem, several health issues are related to Addison's Disease - to learn more, click on the underlined links below.

This is an important quote from the VIN Pet Care Forum regarding RIMADYL and ASPIRIN Use:

Glucocorticoid hormones should not be used in combination with medications of the NSAID class (ie aspirin, Rimadyl, phenylbutazone etc.) as the combination of these medications could lead to bleeding in the stomach or intestine. Ulceration could occur."

Hypothyroidism is common, symptoms are thinning, dry hair, unexplained weight gain and a low energy level. This is easily diagnosed with a blood test and treated with daily medication. AD dogs should be tested yearly for hypothyroidism.

Diabetes is relatively uncommon, but can occur in addition to Addison's. Several dogs on our k9Addisons list have both Diabetes and Addison's, and are doing very well.

Megaesophagus can be common as a symptom of untreated / unregulated Addison's. With many dogs the symptoms decrease and stop once the Addison's is under control.

Heart Murmurs also are common in untreated / newly diagnosed dogs. A heart murmur can be nothing to worry about - it may disappear once the dog is stable, but it should be watched carefully with each vet visit.

Anemia is relatively common with Addisons, and a monthly vitamin B12 shot or daily supplement of B vitamins can help tremendously to restore energy levels.

Of course there are other health problems that all dog owners need to be aware of - I really like this site: Mirage Samoyed Health Pages

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