Our Top Three Products for Dog Cushing's
A comment from our veterinarian
"As a veterinarian, it is challenging to treat this condition. I have noticed remarkable differences to dogs' quality of life when these three supplements are given daily. It's so nice to have something effective to offer my patients with Cushing's."
Cushing's disease is the result of excessive levels of cortisol (a steroid hormone) in your dog's body for a long period of time. Cortisol is naturally produced by the adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys. During times of stress, or simply when more cortisol is needed, the hypothalamus and pituitary glands signal the adrenal glands to release more of the hormone into the body. There are three types of Cushing's disease that disrupt this process, and create a harmful level of cortisol in the body.
- Pituitary dependent - Affecting the majority of dogs with the disease, a tumor develops on the pituitary gland, signalling the adrenals to overproduce cortisol.
- Adrenal dependent - Much less frequently, a tumor may develop on one of the adrenal glands, directly leading to the overproduction of cortisol.
- Iatrogenic - After chronic use of corticosteroid drugs, used to treat other illnesses, Cushing's-like signs begin to develop.
How do you know if your dog is suffering from Cushing's? The disease is not very easy to diagnose, as cortisol levels fluctuate in the body at all times. A dog with Cushing's may exhibit these signs:
- Increased thirst and appetite
- Frequent urination
- Loss of hair
- Skin problems
- Increased susceptibility to infections
Dr. Jan's Cushing's Kit for Dogs includes Adrenal Harmony Gold, Pet Melatonin, and Milk Thistle.
Adrenal Harmony Gold
This natural, liquid supplement was developed by our holistic veterinarians to support dogs with the physical manifestations of Cushing's. The therapeutic actions of the ingredients are: adaptogenic, antioxidant, and to give support to an overactive nervous system. These herbs are particularly suited to target the adrenal glands and their functions, but also exert an effect on the pituitary and hypothalamus glands.
"Adaptogens" are a classification of herbs considered to support the adrenals, helping the body adapt naturally to stressors and produce normal, healthy levels of cortisol. Unlike drugs, adaptogens will not stimulate or depress adrenal function, but instead they will help the glands normalize their production of hormones. As antioxidants, they will also combat oxidative (free radical) damage that can lead to degeneration.
Together, the ingredients in Adrenal Harmony Gold target key cellular mechanisms to help maintain normal balance.
Melatonin is a naturally-occurring hormone produced in the pineal gland of dogs (and other animals), and plays a large role in regulating sleep patterns. It also has a role in the regulation of cortisol production.
In dogs, melatonin supplementation has been shown to target the adrenal cells and the amount of cortisol they make. This may support normal hair growth, normal appetite, and regular urination in dogs. It has been shown that having a consistent level of melatonin in the body can help support balanced cortisol output by the adrenal glands. Melatonin inhibits some of the enzymes needed for the body to produce more cortisol.
Pet Melatonin is different from the melatonin used for human consumption. Unlike capsules or tablets, its unique liquid form makes it ideal to administer to dogs of all sizes in the correct amounts. It is synthetically derived and not made from the pineal glands of pigs. A synthetic melatonin ensures safety from viruses or other microbes that can be present in animal tissues. Pet Melatonin is also not a quick release or a slow acting form of melatonin. A simple form of melatonin is the ideal way to administer this supplement to a dog, and not quick or slow release. Pet Melatonin is enhanced with natural bacon flavor so it is something your dog will enjoy.
The liver performs dozens of different functions in the body, including clearing out toxins. Yet liver disease (including cirrhosis) is one of the most common health problems in older canines. It can damage all functions of the dog's liver, leading to very harmful health effects. Milk Thistle can help protect your pet against fatty liver, which is a risk if your pet suffers from Cushing's disease (due to elevated blood sugar levels).
Even canines without liver disease may need support to metabolize and excrete prescription medications, which are often damaging to the liver.
Milk Thistle should be administered to every dog taking liver-taxing medications and especially if the liver is damaged or diseased. Milk Thistle is not contradicted with conventional medications and is gentle enough for long term use.
Can my dog take Adrenal Harmony Gold, Melatonin and Milk Thistle with medications?
Do not give Adrenal Harmony Gold if your pet is taking blood-thinners. A veterinarian who has performed a complete medical check of your dog can help to establish safety of medications taken with other products or specific diets.
There are no studies showing adverse interactions between melatonin supplementation nor Milk Thistle with medications.
Does it come with a guarantee?
Yes! Dr. Jan's Cushing's Kit comes with a 90-day, money-back guarantee.
Why choose this kit for your canine friend?
- Certified organic and ethically wild-harvested herbal ingredients: Our formulas are entirely prepared from organically grown and ethically wild-harvested herbs.
- Good Manufacturing Practices: All of our formulas are manufactured in a facility that adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Full Spectrum Extract: The full biochemical spectrum of the herbs is preserved to ensure the potency of the extract. All raw materials are tested for identification and purity.
- Every batch tested: Every batch of our Adrenal Harmony Gold is tested to ensure the highest quality and potency. Every single batch.
- FDA-Registered Facility: Our manufacturing facility is FDA-registered. Strict quality control procedures are meticulously monitored.
- FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Guidelines: PetWellbeing.com complies with the provisions of the CVM's good guidance practices for pet dietary supplements. All ingredients and caution statements adhere to these national guidelines.
- It's Guaranteed: In addition to the superior quality of our products, you are also protected by our 90-day money-back guarantee.
Who makes Dr. Jan's Cushing's Kit for Dogs?
These products are made by PetWellbeing.com, founded in 2001. Our goal? To bring the wisdom and experience of our caring holistic veterinarians to your pet. When your pet is healthy; you're happy.
To fulfill our vision, our on-staff, holistic veterinarians have developed formulas using time-honored, traditional uses of herbs, and integrated the latest scientific research. It is our aim to produce the best products for your pet that we can.
Healthy Tip from Dr. Jan
For a more holistic approach to treating Cushing's disease, it is recommended to use a combination of treatments to best support your dog: Adrenal Harmony Gold, Milk Thistle, Melatonin, and Lignans (either HMR or derived from flax seed). Milk Thistle can help protect your pet against fatty liver, which is a risk if your pet suffers from Cushing's disease (due to elevated blood sugar levels). Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone in the body, helps to balance the excess cortisol being produced in your pet's body, and in turn, helps to prevent a compromised immune system and additional adrenal stress and fatigue. Lignans work to inhibit 3-beta HSD Enzyme, which aids in reducing cortisol levels. Using these four supplements in conjunction gives your pet the best chance of managing this health issue, and being comfortable and happy!
How to Administer Dr. Jan's Cushing's Kit
BEST way to give drops! Add to food. Add drops to a small portion of a favourite food or treat and ensure the entire amount is consumed.
Adrenal Harmony Gold
Administer product orally twice daily. Give one drop for every 2 lb (1 kg) of body weight up to 50 lb. Over 50 lb, add one drop per additional 4 lb (2 kg). Shake well before use.
NOTE: If your dog has taken this formula for two weeks+ and you have not seen the expected results, you can safely double the dose.
Not to be used during pregnancy. If animals condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. May be a GI irritant. An examination from a veterinarian is recommended prior to using this product.
Not to be used with conventional Cushing's medications. Not recommended for use if your pet is taking blood thinners.
Administer product orally. Administer every 12 hours. Note that label directions indicate TOTAL daily amount to give your dog. Do not exceed daily administration amounts given. Shake well.
Does not require refrigeration.
For animal use only. Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. In case of accidental overdose, contact your health professional immediately. If animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. An examination from a veterinarian is recommended prior to using this product. Do not administer to pets under one year of age.
Administer product orally once daily. Give one drop for every 1 lb (0.5 kg) of body weight up to 50 lb. Over 50 lb, add one drop per additional 2 lb (1 kg).
Shake well before use. Does not require refrigeration.
We know animals can be finicky! All formulas are enhanced with delicious natural bacon flavor. We recommend administration of the drops in a way that your dog will like best.
Safe use in pregnant animals or animal's intended for breeding has not been proven. If animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian. An examination from a veterinarian is recommended prior to using this product.
For animal use only. Keep out of reach of children and animals. In case of accidental overdose, contact a health professional immediately.
Adrenal Harmony Gold
...460 mg per ml (20 drops/ml)
Herbs are certified organic or ethically wild-harvested
Inactive ingredients: Deionized water, natural bacon flavor, vegetable glycerin
Pet Melatonin is synthetically derived. No animal gland tissue, just pure melatonin. There are also no agents used to increase or decrease absorption rate.
Meet Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for 28 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.