3D printed guide developed to help treat dogs with Cushing’s disease

A 3D printed guide has recently been developed by neurologists to help treat dogs with Cushing’s disease. In this blog, our specialist consultants share insight into the key symptoms of Cushing’s disease and why this technology will help revolutionise the procedure needed to treat it.  

What is Cushing’s disease? 

Cushing’s disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, occurs when the body overproduces the steroid hormone, cortisol. Although this hormone is important for your dog to remain healthy (it helps with things like weight regulation and tissue structure), too much can cause harm. 

The condition is triggered by either:

  • A small brain tumour that tells the adrenal glands to produce more cortisol than is necessary.
  • Adrenal gland tumour. 

How will the 3D printed guide help? 

A complex surgery is needed to remove the tumour causing the excess in cortisol. However, due to the difficult-to-access location of the pituitary gland this is often a very challenging procedure for veterinary surgeons to complete. 

The 3D guide, which was created using CT images, is placed in the patient’s mouth to help surgeons more accurately identify the cavity containing the gland. This technology can significantly reduce the level of risk involved with the surgery as the region where the gland is located contains vital blood vessels which neurosurgeons must avoid. 

Each guide is tailored specifically to each dog undergoing the procedure and is attached to their molar teeth.

What are the symptoms? 

Educate your clients on the key symptoms of Cushing’s disease so they know when to bring their fluffy friend in for a check up. Here’s what to look out for:

  • Thinning hair
  • Increased panting
  • Bloated/pot belly
  • Increased appetite and thirst
  • More frequent urination

Choice Vets is excited to see this cutting edge technology in action and can’t wait to see further developments in the veterinary neurosurgery space over the coming year. 

Want to be a part of this innovative industry? Give us a call on 0203 9784 104 to speak to our experienced veterinary recruitment team today!

View our full list of current vacancies here.