Q. My dog was diagnosed yesterday with Cushing and I was wondering if it can cause pain?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. Cushing in itself does not generally cause pain but can be debilitating condition with muscle weakness and lethargy and a risk of secondary complications such as infections which can cause discomfort. There are treatment options and your vet should discuss both the risks and benefits of treatment, if the condition is mild it may just be monitored until it progresses.
DR. JEFFREY M. EVANS, DVM
A. Enlargement of the liver could cause some pain in the belly. The pain felt with Cushing's disease is more of a discomfort from the clinical signs but they can be managed with appropriate medications.
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Hi, great question. I'm sorry about this diagnosis but a smart vet can manage Cushing really well, along with a committed owner.
We don't typically think of Cushing as being a painful disease on its own, HOWEVER, there are many complications that can occur secondary to un-controlled Cushing, and they can certainly cause or contribute to pain. Problems like bladder stones, weakened ligaments, and high blood pressure are painful or create discomfort. Again, if the Cushing is controlled with appropriate medication, the dog can do very well, and be comfortable. If you want to discuss more specifics regarding your dog I'd be happy to do a consult with you.