PetPace can help improve the outcome and early detection of Addison’s disease in dogs by identifying changes in vital signs, including reduced activity score, irregular HRV, decreased calories burnt, and changes in sleep quality.
What is Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism)?
Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is a condition characterized by the underproduction of hormones by the adrenal glands, including the stress hormone cortisol. Dogs with Addison’s disease struggle to handle stress, which can lead to severe complications and even death.
What are the common signs of Addison’s disease in dogs?
Common signs of Addison’s disease in dogs include waxing and waning episodes of lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and occasionally, collapse with a very slow heart rate. The difficulty in detection arises because the symptoms mimic many other conditions.
Which breeds are commonly affected by Addison’s disease?
Dogs affected by Addison’s disease are usually young females, aged between 2 and 6 years.
The most common breeds with Addison’s disease include West Highland White Terriers, Great Danes, Basset Hounds, Portuguese Water Dogs, Airedale Terriers, Standard Poodles, and Bearded Collies.
How can PetPace assist in managing Addison’s disease?
PetPace Health 2.0 can aid in the early detection of diseases and identifying complications related to Addison’s disease. Monitoring features include decreased Wellness score, deviations from the Health Profile, reduced activity score, decreased pulse rate, irregular HRV (Heart Rate Variability), decreased calories burnt, and changes in sleep quality.
Why is early detection crucial in managing Addison’s disease?
Early detection is crucial in managing Addison’s disease as it allows for prompt intervention and treatment. PetPace’s monitoring capabilities enable pet owners and veterinarians to identify potential issues early, enhancing the overall management of the condition and reducing the risk of serious complications.