Preliminary findings from a study into Cushing’s disease has revealed some dog breeds tend to present fewer clinical signs than others.

Since launching the study in January this year, the Animal Health Trust (AHT) has been conducting a survey study of breed differences in the clinical signs of hyperadrenocorticism.

Researchers collected more than 40 responses submitted from vets across the UK to analyse trends.

The findings also showed the frequency of most clinical signs seen in dogs affected by Cushing’s disease appear to be lower than previously reported in studies.

These signs include polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia, abdominal distension, alopecia, panting, comedones and muscle weakness.

It is hoped findings from the study will help veterinary surgeons diagnose canine hyperadrenocorticism. However, the AHT needs further responses from vets to draw any firm conclusions.

The trust is asking vets to complete a 10-minute online questionnaire for each case diagnosed with spontaneous hyperadrenocorticism.

AHT vet Michael Bennaim said: “We need members of the veterinary profession to help us increase knowledge of this disease and promote this study to their colleagues.”

All information supplied will be processed anonymously and participants have a chance to win a £100 Amazon voucher.

For further information about the study, email

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