Also known as Hyperadrenocorticism, this disease is common for dogs who experience problems with their endocrine system, namely tumors that pop up on the pituitary gland. When there is too much cortisone in the dog’s bloodstream, the endocrine gland cannot process it correctly.
Cushing’s disease in dogs occurs when there is too much cortisone in the blood. When this happens, your dog can experience low metabolism, have gastrointestinal problems, and more.
Cortisone helps to control many things within the body such as weight control, balances blood sugar, helps to keep off infection and helps with stress. However, having too much (or not enough) can compromise the dog’s health. This will usually occur in older dogs, or those who are of middle age.
How to Recognize It?
There are many symptoms of this disease, which is why it may be hard to tell if your dog has this condition. However, if they are experiencing increased hunger and thirst, urination and increased panting, it may be because of Cushing’s. Is your dog’s belly bigger, or is he gaining weight, or looking chubbier in the neck and shoulders?
Are they losing their hair, having trouble sleeping, bruising easily or have thinner skin? If your dog has no energy, she has irregular heat cycles, his testicles are smaller, and there are white patches on their skin, you should take Cushing’s into consideration and make a visit to the vet.
There are three types of Cushing’s disease to take into account:
- Pituitary Dependent Cushing’s is the most common form and nearly 90 percent of dogs who have this disease, have this version of it. This form occurs when a tumor forms on the pituitary gland.
- Adrenal Dependent Cushing’s occurs the 10 or more percent of the time and occurs when tumors are on the adrenal glands, or kidneys.
- Iatrogenic Cushing’s syndrome will only occur if your dog has been on steroids for long periods of time. In this case, your vet will need to take the dog off the medication slowly.
Causes and Possible Treatment
One of the most common reasons why your dog would develop this disease is because of a tumor on the pituitary gland that is benign, which means it will not spread. However, malignant tumors can occur, but are less common.
A rare cause would be a tumor that happens on the adrenal gland. Also, if you dog received too much glucocorticoid, which is used for inflammation as well as allergies, they may get Cushing’s disease from the injections.
Since it is hard to diagnose, it may take time before your vet can narrow down exactly what is wrong with your dog. They will need to take samples of your dog’s urine and blood and tests, like an ACTH Stimulation Test, can be done to check the function of the adrenal glands, when it is interacting with hormones.
Another test that could help would be the Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test, which is when your dog’s body experiences cortisone that is made by humans, which is called Dexamethasone.
Once Cushing’s disease is the official diagnosis, your vet may want your dog to take medication to control the amount of cortisone the body makes, or even have surgery. This may be too costly for some, and finding an alternative to help can be difficult. This is where Prana Pets Products can help!
Adrenal Support for Cushing’s Relief is an herbal liquid that can help your dog gain relief! Adrenal Support is a holistic medication that can be used to balance the pituitary and adrenal glands, instead of masking the signs of Cushing’s disease.
The herbs work to help restore your dog’s health as well as lessening symptoms in the body. Many medications cause side effects that can be painful or tiring for your dog but Adrenal Support can be taken with zero side effects!
Many owners saw improvements in their beloved pooch after administering this supplement. Improvement can be either one of the following (or all of them):
- Healthier endocrine system
- Balances cortisone levels in the body
- Regulates your dog’s hunger level
- Lessens bathroom trips for your dog
- Skin color returns to normal
- Fur grows healthier and does not fall out anymore
- Higher energy levels and can play longer
While you should always consult your vet before any treatment, it is easy to see that the ingredients in Adrenal Support are all natural and improve the health of your dog. Such ingredients are as follows:
- Ashwagandha is one ingredient that is used that is known to keep the body healthy, especially the liver, and improve Cushing’s disease. This is also used to deal with stress and give your dog energy and build up his immunity.
- Astragalus is a known medicine in China that gives your dog strength and energy, as well as regulates the adrenal glands. This medicine is known to lessen thirst and need to urinate, and it regulates the immune system.
- Burdock is used because of its positive effects on the adrenal glands as well as the kidneys. Burdock is full of vitamins and other nutrients the body needs to aid in skin development.
- Ginseng is a known healthy herb that aids in brain development, as well as having positive effects on the adrenal and pituitary glands. Ginseng gives your dog energy, regulates blood sugar, powers up the muscles, and more!
- Silica is known to help with skin and hair, as well as helps to form tissue. This ingredient is used to help your dog gain back his healthy skin, and a fur coat that is shiny.
- Horsetail balances hormones and helps the digestive system to improve. It also aids in the nervous system and stress, and include healthy minerals like calcium, potassium, and silica.
- Dandelion is a herb that helps your dog’s kidneys, adrenal glands, and digestive system to restore themselves. Many vitamins are in Dandelion that promotes hair and skin growth, making the skin less patchy.
As you can see, Adrenal Support provides your dog with vitamins, minerals, and herbs that help with Cushing’s disease and reduce or eliminate the symptoms that occur with it.
Many have seen increased function and health with their dog that suffers from this condition by using this product so you should discuss it with your vet the next time you pay him or her a visit with Fido.