Cushing’s Disease is a condition in dogs that can take away their ability to walk or have control over their hind legs. It is a disease that is close to my heart and because of that, I was overjoyed to come across this video about Ruby. Ruby the celebrity dog lived a life filled with all kinds of accolades and achievements until she developed Cushing’s Disease. She was a highly regarded therapy dog who visited patients in the hospital and in nursing homes. She also worked with school kids, had a book written about her and performed on stage. Pretty amazing, right?
Last year Ruby came down with Cushing’s Disease and it weakened her back legs so badly she couldn’t walk or perform her duties as therapy dog and celebrity. Her life was on hold until Ruby was fitted for a wheelchair from HandicappedPets.com and as the video shows, she is back doing all of the activities she loves.
What is Cushing’s Disease?
VeterinaryPartner.com explains that Cushing’s Disease or Hyperadrenocorticism happens when a dog’s body produces too much of the hormone cortisol. The overproduction of cortisol can be due to a problem in the adrenal glands or with the pituitary gland. The condition is hard to diagnose in the early stages.
Symptoms of the disease are:
- An increase in thirst
- An increase in urination
- An increase in appetite
- An enlarged or sagging belly
- Hair loss
- Muscle weakness
Without treatment dogs with Cushing’s Disease can die within one or two years.
This video touched my heart because my dog Cody suffered from Cushing’s Disease during the last year of his life. In his case the condition developed because of his long term use of steroids which he needed to soothe his Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
I am thrilled that Ruby’s condition was diagnosed and that she is able to living her amazing life.