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Addison’s Disease in Dogs

What is Addison’s Disease?

Addison’s Disease is a chronic endocrine disorder where the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and often mineralocorticoids).

Lifelong, continuous treatment with steroid replacement therapy is required, with regular follow-up treatment and monitoring for other health problems. It is generally diagnosed via blood tests and medical imaging.


The following symptoms are common for Addison’s Disease.

  • Diarrhea
  • Body shaking
  • Frequent urination
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy


Treatment involves replacing the absent hormones with steroid replacement therapy (also known as chronic adrenal insufficiency, hypocortisolism, and hypercorticism).

Treating Addison’s disease can be expensive but pet insurance can help. However, you must have a pet insurance policy before your dog shows signs of Addison’s disease or it will be considered a pre-existing condition and will not be covered.

Cost to Treat:  $2,400 per year for the life of your dog, Ongoing treatment is approximately $200/month for shots, steroids and blood tests.

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