What is Cushing's Disease in dogs?
Another name for Cushing's disease in dogs is hyperadrenocorticism.
When a dog suffers from Cushing's, the adrenal glands produce a variety of excess hormones, mostly cortisol.
More times than not, older dogs suffer from this disease and the symptoms often mimic other diseases such as:
- Increased hunger, thirst, and urination
- Increased panting
- Pot-belly appearance
- Excess fat on the neck and shoulders
- Hair loss
- Low energy
What is Atypical Cushing's Disease?
Atypical Cushing's Disease presents with the exact same symptoms as Cushing's disease yet no cortisol increase exists. The adrenal glands produce increased levels of intermediate adrenal steroids often called "sex steroids."
These increased sex steroids lead to the same symptoms as typical Cushing's; however, standard Cushing's tests fail to prove the diagnosis confusing both the veterinarian and pet owner.
But, hope exists with proper treatment.
Natural Treatment for Cushing's Disease and Atypical Cushing's Disease
Melatonin and Lignans together provide an excellent natural treatment for both Cushing's and Atypical Cushing's disease.
What's even better is that both of these supplements are readily available at your local drugstore.
Melatonin helps balance hormones and slow the growth of tumors.
A general guideline for dosing melatonin is:
- 1.5 mg for dogs under 25 lbs once or twice daily
- 3 mg for an average medium to a large-sized dog once or twice daily
- 6 mg if the dog’s weight exceeds 100 lbs once or twice daily
Research recommends not exceeding a melatonin dosage of 3-6mg every 8-12 hours.
The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine recommends lignan dosages of:
- SDG flax hull lignans - 1 mg per lb of body weight
- HMR lignans - total doses of 10mg - 40 mg daily should be adequate for small to large dogs
Below are links to some of our research on Cushing’s and Atypical Cushing’s disease.
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