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Understanding Endocrine Disease in Pets


Endocrinology is the part of veterinary medicine that determines and treats issues with your canine or feline’s endocrine organs. These organs discharge chemicals that control your pet’s inside organs. Problems can occur with your pet when these organs break down and produce an obscene amount of chemicals.

If the issue isn’t analyzed and treated, sickness and possibly death can occur. Endocrine problems are challenging to distinguish by visual side effects alone. Thus, these side effects can be mistaken for different circumstances or undetected, so regular pet checkups are vital.

What is Endocrine Disease?

The body contains a few organs, which discharge chemicals into the circulation system. These organs and their chemicals are known as the endocrine system. The chemicals are crucial to normal skin and hair coat creation and vital for other bodily functions.

An endocrine disease results from the endocrine system not working correctly. A common reason for the disease is a failure of an endocrine organ to emit the chemical needed. It typically causes baldness and strange skin quality. Contingent upon the chemical in question, the vet might note other changes in the pet’s symptoms or on the test.

Some Examples of Endocrine Disease

Endocrine disease testing helps our vets determine which organ is affected. Once determined, the issue is usually treated with prescriptions, while others are relieved surgically. Regardless, our team needs to determine the issue so we can get your pet back feeling healthy.

Cushing’s Disease

Cause – Excessive cortisone creation by the adrenal organ or a pituitary (cerebrum) issue

Signs – Hair loss, slender skin, muscle squandering, weakness, excessive water intake, gasping, pot-tummy, recurring infections, wrong hair coat

Tests – CBC, chemistry panel, urinalysis, biopsy, adrenal tests, ultrasound

Treatment – Medication (lifelong) or surgery

Sex Hormone Imbalance

Cause – Irregular estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone levels

Signs – Hair loss, lousy hair coat, coat colour change

Tests – Biopsy, sex hormone blood levels

Treatment – Surgery or hormone replacement

Seasonal Flank Alopecia

Cause – Unknown, but might relate to photoperiod and the length of a day.

Signs – Hair loss primarily in the trunk, darkening skin, scaling

Tests – Skin biopsy

Treatment – Melatonin


Cushing’s disease is perhaps the most well-known endocrine sickness found in canines. It’s a sluggish and moderate infection brought about by the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol. Hair loss, thin skin, muscle squandering, weakness, excessive water intake, gasping, pot-tummy, recurring infections, and wrong hair coat are common. Treatment options include lifelong medication or surgery.

At the point when analyzed and treated early, the life expectancy for pets with hyperthyroidism or thyroid carcinoma is reasonable. With proper treatment, many pets can partake in everyday life for a couple more years. Though the disease will hinder their life more than an average life expectancy, treatments can propel your pet to a longer life.

Gateway vet centre and emergency vet clinic was established with an aim to serve our Edmonton pet community and provide honest, reliable and independent advice that is evidence-based. We are open late and open 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We accept walk-ins normally. (Right now we appreciate if you call us ahead due to COVID restrictions.) 

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Gateway Veterinary Centre is a full-service canine and feline hospital in the heart of South Edmonton. Our newly-built veterinary clinic is easily accessible by Whitemud Drive, Gateway Boulevard and Calgary Trail. We are located next to LA Fitness and CIBC Bank.

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