• Cushing's disease
The main symptoms are an increased intake of water, incontinence, increased appetite, a pot belly and excessive panting. The disease is not curable but the dog can be made more comfortable with the use of medication. The most common medication that is given to dogs with Cushing's disease is 'Vetoryl', a drug which reduces and regulates the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands.
Dogs increase their fluid intake, and will pant excessively when they are overheated or worn out. This condition should not be frequent though, and should calm down as quickly as it arrives.
Dogs can suffer from stress. A stressed or nervous dog will increase their intake of food and water, as well as licking itself constantly. The dog may be stressed for a number of reasons so it is best to stick to a strict routine with any dog. Dogs appreciate this and are relaxed if this routine is adhered to.
• Congestive heart failure
Dogs with congestive heart failure will tire more easily, and become agitated. They will therefore pant more and become itchy in various areas of the body. They are also prone to drooling and a heavy intake of water.
It is always best to take a dog to see a vet if there is a sign of sickness, or if the dog is behaving in an unusual way. We advise you to do this at your earliest possible convenience as the likelihood of the dog recovering increases.