Austin Vet – Protecting Paws Since 1974
Austin Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital is a locally owned Austin vet hospital with the equipment and facilities of a specialty hospital. We are passionate about veterinary medicine and improving the lives of our patients and their owners.
Routine wellness and preventative medicine is a large part of our practice. However, it is the ability to diagnose and treat the complex conditions and diseases that sets AVDH apart. Clients appreciate AVDH’s commitment to providing all veterinary services in one location. Relieving pet’s pain quickly and saving the client time are the results of practicing innovative techniques and utilizing cutting edge technology.
Accolades & Honors
We are grateful and honored that pet owner’s throughout Central Texas have voted AVDH Austin’s Best Veterinarian. AVDH has also earned The Talk of the Town for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Award. We are honored to be the veterinary hospital trusted by the Austin Zoo, referring veterinarians and loving pet owners throughout Central Texas.
Health Spotlight: Adrenal Disease
What is adrenal disease?
Adrenal disease comes in two flavors: hyperadrenocorticism and hypoadrenocorticism. Hyperadrenocorticism, or “Cushing’s disease,” is caused by excessive production of cortisol by the adrenal glands. It is caused by either a pituitary gland tumor or an adrenal gland tumor. Both causes behave adversely by not allowing the body to respond to its inhibitory signals that tell the adrenal glands to stop producing cortisol. The end result is a list of clinical signs that include drinking and urinating more, eating more, enlarged livers, hair loss, lethargy, muscle weakness and atrophy, panting, obesity, and hypertension.
Hypoadrenocorticism, or “Addison’s disease,” is an endocrine disorder caused by a deficient production of glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, or both. The clinical signs of Addison’s disease can be anywhere from small to acutely life-threatening. They may include depression, weakness, dehydration, collapse, hypothermia, weak pulse, bradycardia, painful abdomen, or hair loss.
How do we treat adrenal disease?
Before treating adrenal disease, we must first diagnose it. Both Addison’s disease and Cushing’s disease can be diagnosed with a blood test called an ACTH stimulation test. Sometimes further testing is necessary when diagnosing Cushing’s disease. In those cases, we perform low-dose and high-dose dexamethasone tests. Occasionally, we will even CAT scan patients to determine overall disease involvements.
Addison’s is treated by stabilizing critical animals with hospitalization, fluids, and steroids. Stable animals are often maintained on monthly Percorten injections. Occasionally they are given steroids to supplement their glucocorticoid deficiencies.
Cushing’s is treated with once- to twice-weekly lysodren tablets or daily Vetaryl (trilostaine) capsules. In a few treatment protocols, ketoconazole or Selegeline have been used. It is important to note that treating Cushing’s disease has a more favorable prognosis when the cause of the disease is a pituitary gland tumor.
How is our treatment exceptional?
Treatments for Addison’s and Cushing’s are made exceptional at Austin Vet by our ability to quickly diagnose as well as monitor these patients. We always carry adequate diagnostic and treatment supplies and are able to run our blood tests in-hospital. We have our own CAT scan for diagnosing very complicated Cushing’s patients as well as multiple techniques for monitoring secondary complications such as high blood pressure, liver disease, diabetes, and electrolyte abnormalities.