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Adrenal Support

Adrenal Support

Herbal remedies to prevent and ease hormone imbalances and to 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 Remedies:

Herbal remedies contain adaptogens  which are used to stimulate and correct endocrine function, to treat 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) is used to help support adrenal glands to respond normally to stress and metabolic demand, to support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, to regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, to balance blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, to increase muscle use, ability and stamina and to provide anti-inflammatory and immune support.

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

Gland Candy - (learn more) is 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.

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) is used to provide critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, 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.

Related Products:

Love Your Liver - (learn more)promotes theperformance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, used to provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, and relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea,  vomiting and flatulence.

The Daily Paws – (learn more)is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder, cancer and for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C content, for its support to strengthen connective tissue, muscles and joints, for free radical scavenging effects on fibroid tumors and for its antioxidant protection.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosing Addison’s can be difficult as symptoms come and go and it is often 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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