Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Canine Cushing's Disease--Holistic Care Can Help!

Can holistic care, nutritional supplements and dietary changes make a difference for a dog with Cushing's Disease? YES! Dr. Gordon and I have worked with quite a few dogs with Cushing's Disease and have seen some very exciting improvements.

Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) in dogs -- Symptoms may be varied and vague. Pets may display some of the following symptoms resulting from the production of too much adrenal hormone:
•excess water consumption
•increased urination
•increased appetite
•bloated, pot-bellied abdomen
•high blood pressure
•hair loss--usually symmetric
•thinning of the skin and fur
•susceptibility to infections and diabetes
•weakening of the skeletal muscles; exercise intolerance

Concerned pet owners might 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; pets may only display a few (if any) of the above symptoms. Laboratory tests can be inconclusive and/or show abnormal liver values. Quite often there is NO definitive diagnoses but only subtle signs.

There is help! There is hope! Pet owners can become discouraged because their pet's condition is not clearly diagnosed and symptoms are vague. While it is very important to work with your veterinarian to determine an underlying cause, there are some natural holistic care treatment options that can help restore your pet's overall well-being.

First and foremost, revisiting your pet's diet is key. Many times, pets with possible Cushing's have some elevation in liver enzymes and using an appropriate, all-natural diet will make a significant difference. Please include your pet's diet on the order form at checkout and we will include free diet tips on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

We also have supplements that have worked quite successfully with pets that have Cushing's Disease. Please work with your veterinarian to evaluate whether these supplements would be appropriate for your pet. While there are several drugs available for Cushing's Disease, these can have side effects. You might want to try pursuing a holistic approach first and then if you don't get significant results, you can then try the medication.

Phosphatidyl Serine is a supplement that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels and can be very helpful. Phosphatidyl Serine has many benefits and is a nutrient essential for brain function. We have seen pets with Cushing's Disease benefit significantly from this supplement, avoiding the need for medication. Because Phophatidyl Serine is crucial for the overall health of brain cells and is not found in food sources, this gentle supplement is definitely worth a try!

Liver support is critical for dogs with Cushings Disease. Many pets with Cushing's Disease have elevated liver values and alkaline phosphatase. Some may have gallbladder issues and sluggish bile. Our gentle Liver And Gallbladder Nutritional Supplement for Pets has been quite effective in for pets with elevated liver enzymes, sluggish gallbladder function and difficulty digesting fats. Oxicell is a one-of-a-kind topical cream that delivers glutathione, SOD and other important antioxidants (vital to the liver and over health) directly into the body. This product is very easy to administer, helps fight free radical damage and inflammation and is also an important product for pets with Cushing's Disease. 

In summary, holistic care can definitely help dogs with Cushing's Disease and pet owners should explore both conventional and holistic veterinary care options. We are here to support you and help your pet live a long and happy life!