Addison’s disease, or hypoadrenocorticism, is a lifelong condition that occasionally affects dogs and — very rarely — cats.
The problem is a damaged adrenal gland that doesn’t produce enough of certain essential hormones. Results can include weakness, digestive problems and heart issues.
Among the possible causes of Addison’s disease, none is infectious. While it tends to be more common in certain dog breeds, Addison’s doesn’t focus on particular cat breeds. It’s diagnosed from a pet’s medical history, physical examination findings and laboratory test results.
A sudden episode of Addison’s disease can be a medical emergency, but the chronic condition is relatively easy to treat with daily medication.
It’s just another reminder that routine veterinary visits can pinpoint problems before they become serious.