As with all forms of illness, Addisons disease dog symptoms vary depending on the severity of the affliction.
One of the most common symptoms is a noticeable amount of depression and lack of energy, causing the dog to behave with much less vigor and enthusiasm than it perhaps normally would.
This fatigue is a common symptom among various types of illnesses that affect dogs, however, if your dog is displaying such behavior, you needn't automatically assume that Addison's disease is the problem. However, there are numerous other things to look out for that may indeed indicate that your dog may be suffering from this ailment and this type of weakness is certainly still enough to warrant a trip to the vet.
Another of the various Addisons disease dog symptoms is diarrhea and Vomiting
The excrement of these dogs will often also contain trace amounts of blood, which may alarm the pet's owner.
These kinds of gastrointestinal issues are quite common with dogs that fall victim to this particular disease, but again, this is not a symptom unique to Addison's disease itself. A dog cannot be diagnosed with this illness based only on this type of behavior. The presence of symptoms such as darkened, oddly pigmented skin and muscle tremors is also a bad sign—The latter especially, since it can be a sign of conditions even more serious than Addison's disease.
Joint pain is another common feature of this illness, with a tendency to cause your dog to walk with a limp, and it can also accompany the aforementioned lack of energy; due to the pain, the animal will feel reluctant to engage in much physical activity.
Often the causes of Addisons Disease are a mystery and no one is able to pinpoint an exact reason that a dog might have been afflicted with the condition.
What happens to the diseased dog, however, is that the gland responsible for producing the adrenocorticotropic hormone, which aids in the production of Cortisol. Cortisol is needed for the process of converting proteins and fat in the body into glucose and telling the body how it needs to respond to stress.
With Addison's disease, a dog lacks these useful chemicals, which leads to various ill effects in the body—They might also lack the hormone needed to regulate electrolytes and water in the body, known as the mineralocorticoid hormone.
If the pet goes without treatment for this condition, it will almost surely die, so it's important to visit your veterinarian and they will know the necessary Dog First Aid to have the problem sorted out.
Treatment of Addisons disease dog symptoms is usually a rather simple matter. Since the main problem is the absence of certain hormones and chemicals, the healing process involves replacing those chemicals by means of various drugs (the most common choices being Prednisone and Percorten-V or Florinef).
The drug will usually taper after a few weeks go by, and it's imperative that the medication is only administered as much as has been prescribed by the veterinarian.