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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed
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Cushing's Disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, is a condition resulting from excessive hormonal secretion from the adrenal glands. Adrenal hormones in normal amounts are necessary for life but in excess, is detrimental for the body. Cushing’s disease occurs in middle-aged to older dogs and unfortunately, its symptoms can be confused with what people sometimes call “normal aging”.  Most dogs will start urinating in the house, drinking more water, losing hair, gaining weight and showing weakness or lack of energy. If left untreated, Cushing’s can lead to diabetes, heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure, hypothyroidism and infections of the bladder, skin, ears and gums. It can affect all dogs but certain breeds such as Beagle, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Dachshund and Poodle are more prone to develop it.

The most common cause of Cushing's Disease is an overgrowth of the pituitary gland in the brain. Pituitary Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism (PDH). Cushing's can also be caused by a tumor in the adrenal glands, which are located in the abdomen next to the kidneys (Adrenal Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism).Pituitary Cushing's disease cannot be cured, but the treatments available can prolong your pet's quality of life and life span. If an adrenal tumor is causing the disease, surgery may be indicated.

Cushing’s disease can be diagnosed at your veterinarian’s office. There are three tests to diagnose Cushing’s: ACTH Stimulation Test, Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression (LDDS) Test and the High Dose Dexamethasone Suppression (HDDS) Test. The ACTH stimulatin test and the LDDS test are used to diagnose the disease itself.  The HDDS test is used to differentiate whether Cushing's Disease is caused by the adrenal or pituitary gland.

There are several drugs available to treat Cushing’s disease:  Trilostane (Vetoryl®), Lysodren, Ketoconazole, and Anipryl®.  On my personal experience, the best results have been obtained with trilostane. 

Nydia Melissa Perez, DVM

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Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours

WE ARE CLOSED FROM 12:00PM - 1:30PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS. DROP OFF AND PICK UP FOR OUR BOARDING FACILITY NO LATER THAN 5:00PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS AND NO LATER THAN 12:00PM ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS.  
DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

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  • (407) 628-8000
  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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