When To Euthanize A Dog With Cushing’s Disease?

When To Euthanize A Dog With Cushing's Disease?

You need to do everything when your dog becomes ill. It is your responsibility to keep your dog comfortable and do every essential thing to keep them free from pain. But sometimes it can be very expensive to take care of your sick dog. Well, if your dog is suffering from immense pain and you are not that financially strong, then euthanizing your dog is the ideal option for you. It can save your dog from bearing unnecessary pain and suffering too.


When To Euthanize A Dog With Cushing’s Disease?

It is essential for you to know that when your dog has Cushing’s disease, you might have to consider some options, and you have to make this hard decision. But now the question arises that when to euthanize a dog with Cushing’s disease.

What Is Cushing’s Disease?

If you want to know that when is the right time to get your dog euthanized, then, first of all, your need to know about Cushing’s disease. This is basically a disease that is caused by the overproduction of the hormone in dogs that is known as cortisol. It is the hormone that plays a very important role in the body of your adorable dog. Some of the essential functions done by this hormone include fighting infections, maintaining a healthy weight, and dealing with stress too.

When To Euthanize A Dog With Cushing's Disease?

 You need to know that there are two types of Cushing’s disease that can occur in your dog. The most common type of Cushing’s disease is pituitary-dependent. This type of disease happens when there is a very small type of tumor occurs in the pituitary gland of the brain of a dog. The other type of Cushing’s disease, which is very rare to happen, is adrenal-dependent. This is the case in which your dog has a tumor in the adrenal glands, which is right above the dog’s kidney.

When is the right time to put down your dog with Cushing’s disease?

  • It is essential for you to know about some of the signs that indicate the time to euthanize a dog with Cushing’s disease. These signs include loss of appetite, serious muscle loss, increased level of lethargy, more drinking, higher urination. One more thing that you will notice is that your dog will show less interest in their life and in things which they had loved once in their life. We all know that euthanizing a dog is not at all an easy decision.
  • Your heart will say not to do this, but your head will say another thing. This is the time when you don’t have to think from your heart, and you have to listen to your mind. When you know that your dog is no longer showing interest in anything and not loving his life, then it is the time when you have to euthanize your loved one. If you notice that your dog is continuously facing accidents in the house, or they are spending all day sleeping, or it looks like they are in pain, then it is the time when you have to make this decision.
  • If you don’t want your dog to suffer from pain, then euthanizing is the best option in the long run for the happiness of your dog. In euthanizing, the vet gives this injection to the pet, and your dog is put to sleep when they are suffering. So, it is really the best and the most peaceful thing you can do for your dog in their last times. Once you take this decision, then you will not regret doing it because your loved one is going to die in the most peaceful way without any suffering.

The bottom line

By now, you might have gained enough information about Cushing’s disease and the right time for getting your dog euthanized. If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your dog, then taking this decision is the right option for you. Everybody wants to take care of their dog, but when it becomes impossible to take care of them while they are sick or they are in their last stage, then for preventing your dog from such suffering, euthanizing your dog is the best suitable option for you.

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Dr. John Augustine received his BA from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1987 and his Ph.D. and MD degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1992 and 1993. He was then an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at the Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1993-1995. From 1995-1998, John was a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute. He joined the faculty of the Duke University Medical Center in 2008 as Chief of Rheumatology at the Durham VA Hospital, a position he held until the end of 2017. He served as Chief of Rheumatology and Immunology at Duke from 2003-2008. He has conducted basic and translational research in the field of autoimmunity. He was focusing on the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the immunological properties of nuclear macromolecules, including DNA. More recently, he has investigated the immune activities of HMGB1, a nuclear protein with alarmin activity, as well as microparticles. These studies have provided new insights into the translocation of atomic molecules during cell activation and cell death and the mechanisms by which cell death can influence innate immunity.


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