Addison’s disease occurs in dogs when their adrenal glands no longer produce sufficient quantities of two important groups of chemicals, namely glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. While the disease is uncommon in dogs, it can have serious consequences if proper treatment is not provided.
Part of this treatment involves careful monitoring of the response to medications and adjusting doses if needed.
Monitoring of Addison’s disease involves testing the levels of several biochemistries (Urea and Creatinine) and electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium and Chloride) in the blood. If you have received a reminder that your pet requires Addison’s Disease monitoring then please follow these directions: