Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cushings Disease in Dogs

Have you been wondering if holistic care, nutritional supplements and/or dietary changes will make any difference in your dogs' Cushings Disease. 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.

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 for Cushings Disease in dogs. 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 in a  telephone appointment or run these suggestions by your own veterinarian. First, while there are several drugs available for Cushings Diseasee, 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 Canine Cushings Support , a supplement that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels.  Canine Cushings Support contains nutrients that reduce elevated cortisol levels and are essential for brain function. 

    Liver support is critical for dogs with Cushings Disease. AskAriel has a full range of liver support products include Oxicell SE- a one-of-a-kind cream that delivers critical antioxidants into the body helping fight free radical damage and inflammation and Liver & Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement For Pets- a comprehensive formula that includes a blend of important lipotrophic nutrients, combined with methyl donors and herbs that are used to support bile flow and healthy liver function. 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.
    Check out the section of www.askariel.com devoted to Cushings Disease.


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    photo: Ian Kahn
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