I need information on Atkinson’s Disease (Addison’s Disease)


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Our question this week was:

Do you have any information on Atkinson's Disease in Dogs. We recently had a 3-year-old German Shepard who developed sudden kidney failure and died. The vet says the dog had symptoms of Atkinson's Disease. Can't seem to find any information regarding prevention, detection and treatment.

Cathy Wade.


Hi – thanks for your email Cathy. I don't know of an Atkinson's disease. I bet your vet meant Addison's Disease. To be sure – call and ask.

An article that might be helpful to you is Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison's Disease) in Dogs.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.