Addison’s disease is an endocrine disorder resulting from deficient production of glucocorticoids and/or mineralocorticoids.
Glucocorticoids are secreted in increased quantities as a response to stress in the body. When this occurs, it then increases the blood sugar level by decreasing the glucose (sugar) while stimulating the amino acids and glucose in the liver and mobilizing fatty acids from the adipose tissue.
Mineralocorticoids regulate the level of electrolytes in the body, particularly sodium and potassium, while stimulating the resorption of the kidney tubule, and increasing the excretion of potassium.
Symptoms of Addison’s disease may be depression, weakness, dehydration, collapse, hypothermia, weak pulse, painful abdomen and possible hair loss. Please schedule an appointment if your pet may be experiencing any of these symptoms, and the doctor will determine the best coarse of action.