Addison’s Disease in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: Up to $2,500 annually for the lifetime of your dog

Owners can expect a monthly cost of $200 for the ongoing treatment for blood tests, shots and steroids

What is Addison’s Disease in Dogs? 

This chronic endocrine disorder results in the insufficient production of steroid hormones in your dog’s adrenal glands. The condition is typically diagnosed through medical imaging and blood tests, and ongoing, lifelong treatment is required.

Treatment for Addison’s Disease in Canines

Ongoing steroid replacement therapy is required to replace the hormones you dog’s adrenal glands don’t produce. Regular follow-up treatment is also needed to monitor for additional health problems.

Dog insurance can incredibly helpful for offsetting the perpetual costs associated with Addison’s disease, but your dog must be enrolled in a plan before he’s diagnosed or the disorder would not be covered as a pre-existing condition.

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  1. Reply
    Erin 10/29/2016 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve been really lucky to not have any dogs that went through addison’s disease, but I remember my uncle’s family dog going through something like this. The cost of medical care was ridiculous from what I remember. I’m not sure how long my uncle continued treatment for the dog, but I think eventually he had to give up. 🙁 It was a sad thing, but his family was going through some rough times.

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      Jon Lind 10/30/2016 at 11:13 pm

      Treating Addison’s disease can be very pricey. It is heart breaking to have to let a pet go because you can’t afford the treatments. If you have pet insurance, it is a lifesaver and dogs can live a normal lifespan with treatment.

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