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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Mrs linger, Feb 6, 2018.
Has anyone heard of this - pheochromocytoma, and how common is it in dogs
It appears to be an uncommon and in fact rare type of malignant tumour. Diagnosis has improved in more recent times where previously it appears to have been difficult. Pheochromocytomas are a tumour of the adrenal glands and causes the over production catechcholomines which are adrenaline and noradrenaline which are normally produced by part of the adrenal glands, but the Pheochrocytoma excessively secrets them so levels become higher then they should naturally be.
There is medical treatment with phenoxybenzamine which appears to be used 2 weeks prior to surgery if the dog/situation is a candidate for surgery anyway, or in the case where surgery is not an option it can be used as medical treatment alone. Other things that can generally help is a stress free environment and not over exercising as this tends to make the release of Catechcholomines worse.
I have managed to find (if you haven't seen it) a good article from the Ireland veterinary Journal written by a veterinary specialist on the subject, a lot is explained about the condition, diagnosis, treatment etc which may be of help.
There are other types of tumour both malignant and non malignant that can affect the adrenal glands and different parts of the adrenal glands too. I'm assuming though as you have speciafically mentioned Pheochromocytomas that he may have already been diagnosed.
Hi thanks for the info. Hasn’t been diagnosed as yet, vet has sent away another urine sample to Hampshire as no one in Scotland can do this test (metanephrin), seemingly this can determine if it is pheochromocytomas.
All a bit strange really as this all kicked off with a swollen tail and within 2 weeks we were told she was in acute kidney failure, we were devastated. She was all blown up in her hind quarters and tummy with a rash. However the vets kept her in and pushed fluid to try and clear out her system, which has worked. We have her home now and she is on steroids, antibiotics and ranitidine. They reckon the results should be back in a week or so. We are just a bit worried as th