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As your dog nears the senior age, you can expect things to change as movements become slower, naps are longer, has a decreased appetite, and there may even be a few ‘accidents’ in the house. But you must also be aware of signs that are not a part of a dog’s natural aging process, including hair loss, excessive panting, pot belly, increased thirst and ravenous appetite, and urinating more frequently.
A visit to your veterinarian and a few tests can help reveal the health of your furry companion, including a possible diagnosis of Cushing’s disease most commonly caused by a pituitary gland tumor. Although there is no cure for Cushing’s, your dog might benefit from taking Vetoryl to decrease the symptoms and manage to live a happy existence for a long time with continued monitoring and meds.
Cushing’s disease occurs when the pet’s pituitary gland starts secreting too much adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) due to a tumor, which in turn will over-stimulate cortisol production in the adrenal glands. Cortisol is referred to as the ‘stress’ hormone that is produced in response to physical and psychological stress so your pet is able to deal with it. Your pet may require taking Vetoryl (Trilostane) as a long-term medication in order to control the cortisol production of the adrenal glands.
Usually, a tumor on the pituitary gland is benign (non-cancerous) and can be treated with drugs because removing it surgically is difficult and can be expensive. If Cushing’s disease (also called Cushing’s syndrome) is a result of a tumor on an adrenal gland, surgery is the likely option. Certain breeds of dogs have higher incidences of pituitary tumors, such as Dachshunds, Boston Terriers, and Boxers.
Inform your veterinarian if your dog is pregnant, lactating, or is used for breeding/stud services before starting Vetoryl as it may be harmful to unborn and nursing litters. Explain other medical conditions or allergies your dog has that the vet may not be aware of and list any current OTC and Rx drugs you give, including vitamin supplements, as this may determine if Vetoryl is safe for your pet.
Vetoryl works best when given with a meal so breakfast is probably a good time so you know your dog is hungry. Do not open Vetoryl capsules and sprinkle on dog’s food or he/she may decide not to completely finish the meal. Wash your hands after handling Vetoryl capsules. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, do not handle the capsules without proper gloves on to avoid possible harm to your unborn baby.