Cushing’s Disease and Adrenal Harmony
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 13, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Posted in Dogs
Pet Wellbeing is pleased to make available a new herbal formulation for Cushing’s Disease in Dogs. Our new formulation, Adrenal Harmony (link is here: http://bit.ly/t4NDlM) is an improvement on the old Supraglan formula. This new herbal combination was formulated by herbalists and naturopathic veterinarians to take advantages of the advances made in herbal medicine over the last 10 years.
Cushing’s Disease is common in older dogs and also in dogs who have been given too much corticosteroids (like prednisone). In older dogs, the most common cause of Cushing’s disease is a small benign tumor in the pituitary gland at the base of the brain, or in one of the adrenal glands. In a normal dog, the adrenal glands produce cortisone and adrenalin (and some other hormones). These hormones help the body to respond to stress. When things go wrong with the adrenal glands, or the pituitary gland in the brain that controls them, the result is increased levels of cortisone. The cortisone then gives the signs that we associate with Cushing’s disease.
Symptoms of Cushing’s Disease can include:
Increased drinking and urination
Recurrent skin infections
Elevated blood pressure
Diagnosis is made by a series of blood and urine tests. Often the testing process is long and complicated. Sometimes an ultrasound test is needed to diagnose this condition. Treatment depends on the type of Cushing’s disease, as well as on the overall health of the canine patient. As many dogs with Cushing’s are elderly and may have concurrent health problems, treatment can be complicated. The comfort of the patient should be the ultimate goal.
Conventional treatments are pharmaceuticals such as Lysodren (an old medication) and Trilostane (a newer medication). Both of these drugs can have significant side effects.
Our new Adrenal Harmony is an alternative to these drugs. It is a combination of 9 herbs that work well together to normalize the adrenal gland, soothe the liver and decrease inflammation. It is extremely effective for all the symptoms of Cushing’s Disease, with very few side effects. However, like with most herbal supplements, if your dog has a sensitive stomach, start with a lower dose and work up to the recommended dose.
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan