If your dog shows lack of energy, accompanied with symptoms like excessive thirst and urination, dry skin and loss of muscle mass despite a ravenous appetite, there is a great likelihood that he is suffering from canine Cushing’s.
Cushing’s disease is also known as hyperadrenocorticism, a glandular disorder caused due to excessive cortisol. The adrenal cortex produces cortisol, a hormone that is normally released in times of stress. The production of the hormone is controlled by the pituitary gland in the brain. Dogs with Cushing’s disease are usually diagnosed as having a tumor either in the pituitary or the adrenal glands.
Treatment options for Cushing’s in dogs are limited. Dog owners often do not opt for surgical excision of the adrenal tumor. Removal of the pituitary tumor is too dangerous to opt for. This is mainly due to the proximity of the pituitary to other delicate organs. Pharmaceutical drugs like mitotane and anipril are able to manage the symptoms to a great extent, but the accompanying side effects simply add to the problems.
Over the years, herbal cures have assumed a premium status amongst alternative and holistic treatments. Natural treatments including herbal treatment for Cushing’s disease can be very effective in treating symptoms related to Cushing’s syndrome. Although there are herbs that are used as herbal remedies for Cushing’s disease to specifically target the pituitary or the adrenal tumor, herbs have more than one advantage that can improve the overall health of your dog.
- Herbs are holistic treatments that strengthen the immunity of your dog, while targeting the specific disease. If his immune system is in optimal health, your dog is better prepared to combat the disease on his own. Prevention is also ensured.
- Herbs, including those used to prepare a homeopathic remedy for Cushing’s disease, are directed at the root cause of the problem and are not meant only for suppressing symptoms.
- Herbs are safe and do not have side effects. The only precaution that you need to take is to choose herbal supplements made by an accredited manufacturer. Take care not to buy spurious products, which can cause further problems to you and your dog.
- Herbs not only treat but also contribute to the prevention of disease.