PRELIMINARY RESULTS FROM CUSHING’S DISEASE STUDY
Since January 2014, the Animal Health Trust has been conducting a survey study on breed differences in clinical features of canine hyperadrenocorticism. More than 40 responses submitted from veterinary surgeons all over the UK have been collected, allowing us to highlight a few trends.
Preliminary results show that some breeds tend to present with fewer clinical signs than others, which fits with the study’s initial hypothesis.
Furthermore, the frequency of most of the clinical signs in dogs affected by hyperadrenocorticism, including polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, abdominal distention, alopecia, panting, comedones and muscle weakness, seem to be lower than previously reported in earlier studies published decades ago.
We hope the results of this study will help veterinary surgeons in the diagnosis of canine hyperadrenocorticism. However, in order to progress the study and draw firm conclusions, more responses from veterinary surgeons are needed.
Michael Bennaim, who is leading the study, said: “We need members of the veterinary profession to help us increase knowledge of this disease and to promote this study to their colleagues. The online questionnaire takes around 10 minutes to complete and all the information that is collected will be processed anonymously.”
We are requesting that the online questionnaire is completed for each case diagnosed with spontaneous hyperadrenocorticism. The questionnaire can be found at http://bit.ly/aht-cushing
Participants can request to be notified of the results of this study when available. Each questionnaire submitted has a chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher.
If you have any queries about this study, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.