weekly Bear

different vet on tuesday

what is the problem? symptoms? Oh yeah we see this all the time. Here’s the tests we need to run to see what’s what inside the Bear and determine a treatment regimen. You’ll see the total here at the bottom, the exact procedure may vary some so we’ve got the minimum total right there next to ‘Oh Damn’ and the maximum amount there in the ‘let me help you back up off the floor’ column.

the current most likely suspect : Hyperadrenocorticism

Hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s syndrome refers to a disease state in which an overactive adrenal tissue produces excessive amounts of cortisone. Cortisone and related substances are essential hormones of the body, but when produced in excessive amounts these substances may cause systemic illness.

A small tumor in the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain) is the cause of Cushing’s syndrome in 80 to 85 percent of dogs with hyperadrenocorticism. The tumor produces a hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone or ACTH that stimulates the adrenal glands to grow larger (become hyperplastic) and produce excessive amounts of cortisone. This type of Cushing’s syndrome is called pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism because it originates from the pituitary gland.

In the remaining 15 to 20 percent of dogs with Cushing’s syndrome, the cause is a tumor of the adrenal gland.[emphasis mine]

so the choices are pituitary tumor or adrenal tumor (and/or something we haven’t found yet)

yay 😦

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