|Cushing’s disease (hyperadrenocorticism) is a common but not necessarily fatal condition in older dogs. Its symptoms of hair loss, weight gain, frequent urination, and lethargy are often mistaken for simple aging.
Left untreated, secondary symptoms include an increasingly bony and angular shape to the head and crusty bumps on the skin, so act fast if you see early warning signs.
Depending on the cause, treatment can include medication and/or surgery that will restore a better quality of life for your pet. Please have sudden, severe signs of aging checked out.
October 13th, 2011