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Q. My MultiPoo was just diagnosed with Pituitary Cushings. What's the best treatment?

Answered By
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

A. Pituitary Cushings is when a tumor of the pituitary gland in the brain tells the adrenal glands to make lots and lots of cortisone. All this cortisone then makes a pot belly, panting, dark pigmented skin spots, excessive drinking and eating. Eventually the tumor will get very big and the dog will die from it. The treatment is usually to partially destroy the adrenal glands, so they cannot make so much cortisone. There are various medications that do this, trilostane, lysodren, and alternatively selegiline and ketoconazole and L-Deprenyl. Here is some good information that will give you a good backround to discuss the treatment of your dog with your vet:
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=637


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