What Causes Dog Cushings Disease / Adrenal Gland Disorders?
There are two types of adrenal gland disorders, the first and most common is that the glands are over active (Cushing’s disease), and the second is when the gland is under active (Addison’s disease). These small glands are situated on the front edge of each kidney and their job is to produce a chemical called glucocorticoid, but this chemical cannot be produced without first getting the message from another gland in the brain called a pituitary gland. The pituitary gland(gland in the brain) should tell the adrenal glands exactly how much of the chemical glucocorticoid to produce, but in the circumstances of Cushing’s disease something is going wrong along this process causing the glands to make too much of this chemical and thus upsetting the balance of the dogs body. The production of too much of this chemical could be due to two things, either there is a problem in the gland within the brain (pituitary) and it is sending out too many signals to the adrenal, or the adrenal gland itsel