Index

Introduction
Homeostasis
Life Span
Systems
Regulatory Functions
Nervous System
Eyes
Ears
Nose
Tongue
Brain
Endocrine System
Hypothalmus
Pituitary
Thyroid
Adrenal
Nutritional Functions
Excretary Functions
Urinary System
Kidney
Bladder
Colon
Distributive Functions
Cardiovascular System
Blood
Respiratory System
Protective Functions
Reproductive Functions
Musculo-Skeletal System
Cancer
Arthritis
Obesity
Diabetes
Cushing's Disease
Heart Disease
Teeth
Skin and Coat
Conclusion
References


Endocrine System
Adrenal

The adrenal gland, located adjacent to the kidney, secretes hormones affecting metabolism and which also have general anti-inflammatory properties. The adrenal gland, produces cortisol in response to stimulation by the pituitary producing corticotropin. Excess thyroid corticotropin and resultant excess adrenal cortisol results in Cushing's Disease, previously mentioned. This age-related disease is common in Poodles, Boxers, Boston Terriers with mean age of onset of 8.5 years with symptoms of weakness, wrinkled skin, hair loss and hypertension. There is a well noted resemblance between normal aging symptoms and those of Cushing's Disease.

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