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Adrenal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Natura Petz Organics to help support adrenal glands in dogs and cats

Adrenal Glands in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of hormonal imbalance and to help regulate the adrenal glands in dogs and cats. 

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, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The adrenal glands are located in abdomen near the kidneys, and secrete a variety of essential hormones including natural corticosteroids (control stress, immune and inflammation response, metabolism and electrolyte levels), androgens (natural steroids) and mineral corticoids (salt and water balance). These hormones are charged 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.

While the exact cause of Addison’s disease and Cushing’s disease is unknown, it is believed that the adrenal glands are damaged by an animal’s own immune system. Chronic use of corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can cause secondary Addison’s disease if the synthetic corticosteroid administration is stopped suddenly rather than being gradually removed from the pet’s regimen. 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 may include excessive thirst and urination, rash, scabs, flaky, dry skin and lesions, dull coat (geritaria) and hair loss (alopecia), panting, high blood pressure, loss of appetite or increased appetite, reduced immune function and susceptibility to infection.

Addison’s disease does not have a cure, but with early diagnosis and long-term treatment, your pet can still enjoy quality of life. There are several practical steps you can take to ensure that your animal remains comfortable and maintains quality of life.

1. Supplementation is very important. It is highly recommended that you add a daily multi-vitamin, multi-mineral and immune building support for your animal as nutrient assimilation may be reduced through diet alone.
2. Warm your pet’s food just below body temperature.

3. Set up a comfortable and safe area of confinement such as a crate or kennel for your pet and include extra padding to ease pain and discomfort

4. Provide clean, filtered water that is readily available and accessible.

5. Monitor appetite and changes in demeanor

6. Reduce emotional and physical stress and anxiety. If your animal suffers from ongoing anxiety, brush your pet’s teeth slowly with a soft brush to reduce distress.

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 bravely contends with this disease

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies contain adaptogens  which are used holistically to help nutritionally stimulate and address symptoms related to endocrine function, to help holistically and nutritionally address symptoms of Addison’s and Cushing's disease due to nutritional adaptogens, to help nutritionally balance the thyroid and adrenal glands, for thyroid disorders, to help improve thyroid function and help support energy levels, metabolism and digestion, to potentially help reduce symptoms of Addison’s and Cushing's, to help balance immunity and to nutritionally lend support to endocrine, glandular and 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, may lend support to the pancreas in cases of dysfunction; 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 (brain) function and memory performance and contains critical trace nutrients and antioxidants which may be important preventatives for cognitive decline; 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; for its support of cognitive (brain) function, particularly in degenerative conditions.

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.

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart and brain healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may help to prevent blood clots (thrombus) and may provide critical neuro support for brain health; to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosing Addison’s or Cushing's disease can be difficult as symptoms are irregular and may be confused with other diseases and conditions. A diagnosis is based on presenting symptoms, a physical examination and a review of the pet’s medical history. Other diagnostic tests may be conducted including a complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, x-rays of the chest and abdomen, and an ACTH stimulation test or ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other disorders.

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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