Addison's in Tollers

"Addison's disease (hypoadreno corticism) in Tollers!

"Addison's disease can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weight loss, and slow heart rate. Addison's is typically found in young to middle-aged dogs...

"The disease is usually manageable at considerable cost but can be fatal. It is definitely diagnosed by a test called an "ACTH Stimulation" that is performed by your veterinarian. In Tollers, there appears to be an unusually high incidence of this potentially devastating disease which is strongly suggestive of a genetic cause."

There is currently a study being done at the U. of Calif., Davis to identify genetic markers linked to the disease. The contact person is Angela M. Hughes, DVM (, 530/754-2117). (from Quackers, Fall 2003).

Colby Glass, MLIS