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Feature February 2014 Issue

What is Cushing’s Disease?

One sign of Cushing's disease in cats is a pot belly, due to redistribution of fat to the abdomen as a result of excess cortisol.

What is Cushing’s Disease?

It’s an uncommon disease in cats that develops when there is a persistent and excessive production of the hormone cortisol. Here’s what happens.

Here’s a complication that you’ve been dreading for your beloved diabetic cat: At this point, you can no longer control his glucose levels. Neither diet, nor medicines, nor injections of insulin, work. His diabetes remains out of control. So your veterinarian enlists the diagnostic acumen of a veterinary specialist.

After more tests, the diagnosis is clear: hyperadrenocorticism, aka Cushing’s disease. Your cat’s pituitary — a tiny gland in the brain — is producing too much ACTH…

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