Cushings’ Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism) is an overproduction of cortisol in the blood, caused by a tumor of either the pituitary or the adrenal gland. In the normal dog, the pituitary gland (responsible for hormone production in the body) produces a hormone called ACTH, which stimulates the adrenal gland to produce the glucocorticoid hormones necessary for the function of many systems in the body, including the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates.
It’s that time of year. Yup… Minnesota WINTER… holidays and cabin fever mixed together! Before you and your family (including the canine member!) jump in the car to visit family, or maybe just find somewhere warm, we have some things for you to think about.
Sub-zero temperatures are here in Minnesota and our time outdoors has become limited. Cabin fever can affect your pup just as much as it can you. If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with her during the winter – we have a few ideas for you to try!
The Minnesota snow can be so much fun for our four-legged friends . . . Running in it . . . Digging a doggie snow-fort . . . and catching those pop-up snow balls!
But with that fun comes potential danger too . . .
De-icing products – These chemicals are dangerous for our pups, and can actually cause chemical burns on their paw pads and between their toes.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and a table filled with goodies is a dangerous place for a dog. Here are some tips to keep Fido safe this year….
Preparing for the day:
First things first, make sure he’s wearing a collar with his name and your contact info. With people coming and going and kids running out to play, it will be easy for him to slip out the door unnoticed. Tell your guests to ensure the door is tightly closed.