The mission of Canine Addison’s Resources & Education (CARE) is to provide resources and education to improve the lives of dogs with Addison’s disease and empower owners to advocate on their behalf.

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Welcome to Canine Addison’s Resources & Education (CARE) . If you are looking for the most up to date information on Addison’s disease in dogs, you have come to the right place! If you are new to our site, we encourage everyone to browse through our pages, as well as join and participate in our FaceBook group. CARE strives to learn and keep up on the latest developments in Addison’s treatment. Our CARE team consists of members with varying degrees of experience and knowledge hoping to pay it forward. We are open to different perspectives and encourage healthy discussions. We are all here to learn. Questions? Feel free to contact us!

What is Addison’s Disease?

Addison’s Disease is a chronic endocrine system disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands fail to produce sufficient hormones required to sustain life. Many breeds and mixes are affected by Addison’s Disease, but there are several breeds that are highly represented. These include, but are not limited to, Standard Poodles, Portuguese Water Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, West Highland White Terriers, Great Danes, Saint Bernards …

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Are you new to Addison’s Disease? Want to talk? Request to join our FaceBook group! Ask questions, share stories, learn new perspectives, and gain a support team of friends from around the world. All are welcome.

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Symptoms of Addison’s

The symptoms of Addison’s Disease are sometimes vague, look like many other diseases, and may include any of those listed below. You may not see all of these symptoms. You might get the sense that something is just not right with your dog and yet, you can’t quite put your finger on it. Symptoms may wax and wane over a period of months or years. Addison’s is often misdiagnosed as renal failure or other diseases and is known as “The Great Pretender.”

  • Lethargy
  • Hind end weakness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea, sometimes with blood in the feces
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Frequent drinking or urination
  • Dehydration
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Collapse
  • Low heart rate
  • Coat changes


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