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3 Facts about Feline Hyperadrenocorticism

1) This condition is due to excessive cortisol secretion by the adrenal glands; it is not as common in cats as it is in dogs

2) Similar to hyperadrenocorticism (also known as Cushing's Disease) in dogs, clinical signs of feline hyperadrenocorticism include a distended abdomen that results in a "pot-bellied" appearance, increased thirst, muscle wasting and changes to their haricoat. However, unlike in dogs, they can also develop thin skin, tearing-prone skin and and ear-tip curling. Also unlike in dogs, the majority of cats with Cushing’s develop diabetes mellitus (DM); they are more likely to drink excessively (due to their DM)

3) Diagnosing this condition usually requires a thorough work-up including routine bloodwork, imaging (ultrasound) and specialized tests such as an ACTH stimulation test and/or dexamethasone suppression test. The most common treatment is a medication called Trilostane; though it is recommended to discuss options with your veterinarian

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