Diet for a Cushing's dog
Cushings disease in dogs, also called Canine Cushings disease or hyperadrenocorticism, causes an excessive production of corticosteroids by the dog's body. Cushings disease in dogs can be caused by a tumor on the pituitary or adrenal gland.
Canine Cushings disease symptoms are:
- increased appetite and thirst
- increased urination
- patchy hair loss
- high blood pressure
- and panting
The dog's skin is affected by Cushings disease. This condition can cause calcified lumps, thinning of the skin, and makes the skin prone to infections.
Blood tests are often used to diagnose Cushings disease in dogs. Treatments for Canine Cushings disease include medications and surgery to remove the tumor if that is the cause. Dogs diagnosed with Cushings disease have a shortened life expectancy even with treatment.
A special diet for a Cushing's dog may help ease some of the symptoms. The recommended content of a diet for a this dog is high in protein and low in fat. Also a diet that is low in fiber and purine will be beneficial.
The Hills Prescription diet dog food is sometimes recommended as a special diet for dogs with Cushings disease. Hills Prescription diet is made to treat gastrointestinal disorders, but it is often used to as part of the treatment for other dog health disorders.
An alternative to commercial dog food is a raw food diet for the dog. The raw food diet for Cushings dogs should contain mostly raw meat and vegetables.
Many supplements and vitamins with antioxidants are marketed as treatment for this disease, but a dog owner should consult the veterinarian before using these supplements. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and selenium are antioxidants that are thought to improve the negatively impact Cushings has on the immune system.
Foods that are high in Potassium are recommended for Cushings dogs. Examples of foods high in Potassium are potatoes with the skin, beans, and broccoli. The dog owner should also provide a constant supply of fresh water.