Friday, October 9, 2009

Dogs With Cushings Disease--Holistic Care Can Help

We receive many requests about dogs with Cushings Disease wondering if holistic care, nutritional supplements and/or dietary changes will make any difference. The answer is absolutely yes! Dr. Gordon and I have worked with quite a few dogs with Cushings Disease and have seen some very exciting improvements.

It is essential to use Phosphatidyl Serine for your dog to help your dog feel better. Phosphatidyl Serine helps your dog reduce cortisol level.

Cushings Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in dogs -- the production of too much adrenal hormone, is characterized symptoms such as excess water consumption, increased urination, increased appetite, panting, high blood pressure, hair loss - usually evenly distributed on both sides of the body, bloated abdomen, thinning of the skin and fur, susceptibility to skin infections and diabetes, weakening of the skeletal muscles and other symptoms. Owners might often first notice that there are skin sores that keep recurring or that their dog's drinking and urination patterns have changed. Sometimes symptoms are much more subtle or in early stages, there may not always be the obvious symptoms. Laboratory tests can be inconclusive and/or show abnormal liver values.

While it is important for the pet owner to work closely with their veterinarian and determine the exact cause for these symptoms, there are some natural holistic care treatment options you can explore. Since this is a very serious condition and a doctor's supervision is advised, it is a good idea to either work with Dr. Gordon and me in a combination telephone or inperson appointment or run these suggestions by your own veterinarian.

First, while there are several drugs available for Cushings, many can have very harsh side effects. You might want to try pursuing natural care first and then if you don't get significant enough results, you can then try the medication. We use a supplement called Phosphatidyl Serine that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels. Phosphatidyl Serine has many benefits and is ea nutrient essential for brain function. Because Phophatidyl Serine is crucial for the overall health of brain cells, research on Phosphatidyl Serine has shown that it benefits a wide range of brain activities such as mental focus, memory recall, and performance on tasks. It can also greatly help with anxiety and is very well tolerated by pets. Thus, it is definitely worth a try.

In addition, depending upon the location of the tumor involved causing the hyperadrenocortism, giving your dog adrenal support such as Bioadreno can make a world of difference. We have had dogs whose skin was in terrible condition and within a few days on the Bioadreno, the pimples and sores started to improve. The use of this product should be reviewed with a veterinary professional first though, to ensure it is appropriate for your pet.

Finally, liver support is critical for dogs with Cushings Syndrome. AskAriel has a full range of liver support products include Liver Rescue, Oxicell SE, Vitamineral Green and Liver & Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement For Pets. Giving your dog plenty of green vegetables will also help to cleanse the liver and provide important nutrients. In summary, holistic care can definitely help dogs with Cushings Syndrome and pet owners should explore both conventional and holistic veterinary care options.
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