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Cushing's Syndrome is a disease caused by long term exposure to high levels of glucocorticosteroids, either manufactured by the body or given medications.
Tumours of the pituitary gland the secrete ACTH stimulate the adrenal glands to produce large amounts of adrenal hormones. This sustained overproduction in response to pituitary stimulation accounts for 85 percent of cases of spontaneous Cushing's syndrome.
The remaining 15 percent are caused by corticosteroid producing tumours of the adrenal glands.
Spontaneous Cushing's syndrome occurs primarily in middle aged and older dogs although dogs of all ages can be affected.
A number of case's of Cushing's syndrome are caused by long term therapy with drugs containing corticosteroids. This is caused iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome.
The signs of Cushing's syndrome  include bilaterally symmetrical hair loss, a pot bellied abdomen, lethargy with reduced activity, infertility in females, testicular atrophy in males, loss of muscle mass and weakness. Excessive thirst and frequent urination also occur.
Other complications include increased susceptibility to infections, blood clots in the circulatory system (thromboembolism), high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and central nervous system signs including behavioural changes and seizures.
The diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome is biased on laboratory test especially those that measure serum cortiesol concentrations before and after the injection of ACTH and dexamethasone.
Advances in CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques have made it possible to visualise small tumours of the pituitary and adrenal glands.

Canine Bowen Technique and the treatment of Cushing's Syndrome

Because Cushing's Syndrome is an imbalance in hormone release, there are many symptoms. The rebalancing effects of the Canine Bowen Technique will support vetenary care for dog suffering with this syndrome. Along with general body rebalancing the hormone trigger system (endocrine) is encouraged to rebalance.

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