How do they test for pituitary tumors in dogs? The pituitary and adrenal glands can be further evaluated using abdominal x-rays, ultrasonography, or more sophisticated methods of diagnostic imaging such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Can a tumor on the pituitary gland cause seizures in dogs? Pituitary tumors may cause visual loss and other focal neurological signs due to the proximity of the gland to several cranial nerves. Large tumors may also result in an increase in intracranial pressure, and neurologic signs such as seizures and abnormal behavior are common.
Can pituitary tumors in dogs cause blindness? Occasionally, pituitary tumors in dogs result in blindness (1,7,8). A nonfunctional pituitary chromophobe adenoma was diagnosed in a 5-month-old calf with neurological signs and blindness (9).
What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning pituitary gland tumor?
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Feeling cold.
- Less frequent or no menstrual periods.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Increased amount of urine.
- Unintended weight loss or gain.