Natural Treatment of Cushing’s in Dogs
Cushing’s Disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is a condition in which adrenal glands such as the pituitary or adrenal glands overproduce specific hormones. It commonly overproduces cortisol, which at normal levels aid in responding to stress and moderating the immune system. At high levels, it can be dangerous. Common symptoms of Cushings disease in dogs include increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, increased panting, a pot-bellied abdomen, loss of hair, lack of energy, darkening of the skin and recurring infections. It is one of the most common endocrine-related syndromes found in dogs today.
Typically, this condition is caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland. It can also be caused by an adrenal tumor, but this only accounts for about 15-20% of reported cases. It can also be caused by excessive administration of corticosteroid medications that are used to treat allergies.
While there is no known cure for Cushing’s, there are many treatment options available to help your dog manage their symptoms. Some Cushing’s disease in dogs treatment methods includes surgery to remove the benign tumor, or with medication from a vet. Common medications include Lysodren and Vetoryl, which can have very serious side effects of their own. Fortunately, there are Cushings disease in dogs natural treatment methods that can be used to help manage symptoms that are effective and much easier on the bank account for worried dog owners!
CBD Oil for Cushings Disease In Dogs
One such treatment method involves using Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is naturally found in cannabis. Researchers have discovered that CBD oil for Pets has no intoxicating, hallucinogenic or addictive side effects with use. Beyond being a Cushings disease in dogs natural treatment, it helps reduce seizures in dogs, has anti-inflammatory attributes that help ease arthritis pain and helps relieve anxiety and stress.
When considering Cushing’s disease in dogs treatment methods, CBD oil is safe, natural and effective. It specifically helps the dog relax, balances out their appetite, which helps prevent fat from forming around and weighing down their internal organs (cause of the pot-bellied appearance), and improves their skin and hair condition. There are many CBD products for pets to choose from. It is recommended that you do your research before choosing a product. I personally recommend using the CBD for Pets Buyers Guide for your research. There are no known side effects to its use, making it much less expensive and safe alternatives to the harsh medications that a vet would typically prescribe. While CBD oil can help with symptom management, there are many other natural treatment methods that are worthy of consideration when dealing with Cushing’s. Lignans, for example, are naturally occurring in spruce trees and flaxseed and inhibit the enzymes that are needed in the production of cortisol in the body. This helps to regulate the dog’s entire endocrine system since it is the overabundance of cortisol that is the root of many of these problems. Lignan treatments have reportedly helped ease symptoms of Cushing’s in as little as a few weeks, but in some dogs, it takes several months. Owners saw an increase in their dog’s energy level, hair growth, and a return of a normal appetite and weight.
Because Cushing’s can also cause the liver to become overworked, liver supplements are also beneficial for long-term care. Some of these include SAMe (S-Adenosyl L-Methionine), which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that supports healthy liver function. Milk thistle and dandelion have been used for centuries as natural remedies for many ailments. Dandelion can help regulate adrenal function and support the liver and kidneys.
Whichever treatment method you choose, homeopathic treatments for Cushing’s are more gentle, more affordable and are proven to be as effective in symptom relieve as conventional Western medical treatments. We all love our pets as members of our own families, but a disease like Cushing’s can result in massive veterinary bills or lead to unnecessary suffering if a family cannot afford to offer supportive veterinary care. The treatments often prescribed can involve attacking the direct cause of the condition; the tumor itself. This can involve chemotherapy, surgery and in the long term, follow-ups and constant testing for adrenal damage.
Treatment of Cushing’s, if pushed too far, can actually cause the adrenal gland to completely stop, which causes Addison’s disease. For most pet owners, the last thing they want to do is cause a new problem while trying to fix another. Homeopathic treatments have the ability to save families thousands of dollars in medical bills while providing the support the dog needs and greatly improving their quality of life. There is an argument to be made that going down an extreme path of treatment may actually lower their quality of life as they deal with the effects of the disease in addition to the effects of treatment. In the end, all any good pet owner wants is for their loving family members to be happy and healthy! As always, it’s best to talk to your vet about treatment methods for any syndrome or disease in your pets. Many of these homeopathic options are available online, or in major pet retailers.