Dogs with non-spreading adrenal tumors and small carcinomas will be surgically treated in most cases. Medical treatment to stabilize your pet before surgery may be necessary.
Many dogs can be treated with drugs; the type will be dependent on the location and type of tumor. These drugs can have serious side effects, so dogs taking them should be closely monitored.
Living and Management
If your dog is being treated with medications for this condition, you will need to be prepared to continue treatment for the life of your pet. You will need to be observant of any adverse reactions to medications. Signs of an adverse reaction are lack of energy, weakness, lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and possible difficulty walking. If any of these side effects do occur, you should discontinue the medication, contact your veterinarian, and administer prednisone, which your veterinarian will have prescribed for you. If your dog does not respond to the prednisone, it should be taken immediately to the veterinarian for an emergency visit.
Your veterinarian will schedule a follow-up visit around eight days after initial treatment if your dog is receiving the oral medication mitotane for pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism. If it is being treated for an adrenal tumor, you will need to take your dog for a follow-up visit around 10-14 days after initial treatment. Once your dog has stabilized, you will need to return to the veterinarian for follow-up appointments at one, three, and six months, and then every three to six months after the first six months of treatment.
A medical condition involving excessive thirst
The gland that is found at the bottom of the brain whose job is to maintain appropriate levels of hormones in the blood
Anything that produces an action or reaction
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
Something that becomes worse or life threatening as it spreads
Something that has its origin inside the body
Not being able to cause harm; the opposite of malignant.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine
High blood pressure
The gland that produces the hormone adrenaline and others; helps to regulate the metabolism, electrolytes, and even sexual function; also helps to regulate the way the body responds to injury, trauma, etc. The adrenal gland is found near the kidney. Also referred to as the suprarenal gland.