Connection Between Itchy Skin and Addison Disease In Dogs

by Claudia

Reader Question: Dog Canine Addison's Disease Cause Itching?

I am wondering what the connection is between Addison's disease and itchy skin. From that perspective I am wondering if Belladona would help with treating the constitution instead of acute symptoms of a golden Labrador?



Thoughts from our Veterinarian on Addison's Disease and Itchy Dog Skin

Hello Claudia,

I am not aware of an association between itching and Addison’s disease or seen reference to it in the scientific literature. The typical symptoms of chronic Addison’s disease are vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weakness, increased thirst, poor appetite, and weight loss. In an acute Addisonian crisis, dogs can collapse, develop slow and irregular heart rates, and die.

Treatment options for Addison’s disease include fludrocortisone acetate and desoxycorticosterone pivalate (Percorten-V). Some dogs also require treatment with prednisone. Any other form of treatment is not recommended due to the serious and potentially fatal nature of the disease.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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