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Addisons Disease in Dogs and Cats / Canine Addison's disease / Feline Addison's disease

Addison's disease
Pet supplements to help address Addison's disease in dogs and cats.

Herbal nutrition to help address and ease symptoms related to hormone imbalance for dogs and cats with Addison's disease. 

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue. When the adrenals become stressed and fatigued, they also affect the liver, duodenum, and kidneys. Providing nutritional support when Addison's disease presents is crucial. 

Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism is an endocrine disorder that develops as a result of too little production of adrenal hormones by the adrenal gland. While Addison's disease is relatively uncommon, it can affect any breed and sex of dogs and cats.

The adrenal glands are located in abdomen near the kidneys, and secrete a variety of essential hormones including natural corticosteroids, which control stress, immune and inflammation response, metabolism and electrolyte levels. The adrenals also secrete natural steroids referred to as androgens as well as mineral corticoids, which help to regulate sale and water balance. These hormones are also tasked with metabolizing proteins, fats and carbohydrates, regulating the balance of water, salt and potassium, regulating blood pressure and heart rate and maintaining sugar levels.  

The adrenal glands also secrete adrenalin, which controls the body’s reaction to stress and anxiety. Any imbalance in hormonal levels can easily disrupt healthy function of the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems, the liver, duodenum, the kidneys and other glands including the pituitary, parotid and thyroid.

The exact exact cause of Addison’s disease is unknown, but it may be related to the adrenal glands being damaged by an animal’s own immune system. Chronic use of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can cause secondary Addison’s disease when the synthetic corticosteroid regimen is stopped suddenly rather than being gradually. Other factors may be related to hereditary conditions, infections, pituitary gland disease, trauma, tumors and cancer.

Treatment for Addison’s disease generally depends on the severity of symptoms and overall health of the animal.

Common symptoms of Addison's disease include:

Excessive thirst

Excessive urination



Flaky skin

Dry skin


Dull coat (geritaria)

Hair loss (alopecia)


High blood pressure

Loss of appetite (or increased appetite)

Reduced immune function


Certain breeds of dogs may be genetically predisposed to canine Addison's disease, including poodles, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Airedales and St. Bernard’s. 

Addison’s disease does not have a cure, but with early diagnosis and long-term nutritional support, your pet can still enjoy quality of life. 

Practical suggestions to support quality of life: 

1. Nutritional supplementation is critical. It is highly recommended that you add a daily multi-vitamin, multi-mineral and immune building support as the ability to assimilate nutrients may be reduced with Addison's.  

2. Warm your pet’s food just below body temperature.

3. Add extra blankets or bedding to a comfortable, confined area such as a crate or kennel. 

4. Provide clean, filtered water daily that is easily accessible to your pet.

5. Monitor appetite and changes in demeanor.

6. Reduce emotional and physical stress and anxiety. A calming herb can help reduce anxiety and pain or discomfort.

7. Have treats your animal loves when appetite loss occurs.

8. Visit your holistic veterinarian regularly for check ups

9. Be patient and compassionate as your pet lives with Addison's. 

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies contain adaptogens  which are used to stimulate and correct endocrine function, to help treat symptoms related to Addison’s disease, to balance the thyroid and adrenal glands, for thyroid disorders, to improve thyroid function and support energy levels, metabolism and digestion, to reduce symptoms of Addison’s, to build immunity and to provide endocrine, glandular and whole body system support.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) helps to support and nourish the endocrine system; helps support adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Conventional Remedies:

Addison’s can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms can be intermittent and common to other diseases and conditions. A diagnosis is based on presenting symptoms, a physical examination and a review of the pet’s medical history. A complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, x-rays of the chest and abdomen, and an ACTH stimulation test or ultrasound may also be performed. 

Conventional medications include synthetic corticosteroid and mineral corticoid replacement therapy, and in some cases, daily supplementation of salt. Ongoing corticosteroid use may reduce your pet’s overall immune response and increase susceptibility to infection. Special attention to diet and herbal alternatives are suggested to provide overall systemic support.  

It is important to monitor your animal’s symptoms. If severe symptoms present, they should be viewed as an emergency and hospitalization may be required. Intravenous fluids, electrolyte and acid-base monitoring and mineral corticoid replacement therapy may also be required.







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