Diagnosis is not always straight forward. It takes time to reach a diagnosis as Addison’s disease is often mistaken for other more common diseases with similar symptoms.
To aid diagnosis it is important that you give your vet a thorough history of your dog’s health and onset of symptoms.
When your vet initially suspects Addison’s disease they will perform a physical examination of your dog, and a series of blood tests to confirm diagnosis. The blood tests will measure your dog’s sodium and potassium levels as dogs with Addison’s disease generally have lower sodium levels and higher potassium levels.
There is no cure for Addison’s disease but treatment is available to effectively manage the symptoms. Following treatment your dog can go on to lead a normal and active life.