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What Is Canine Cushing's Disease?

As your dog has gotten older, have you noticed him drinking more water and urinating frequently? Does he have hair loss, a pot belly or thinning skin? We tend to assume these are common signs of aging when in fact these slow and gradual changes could be symptoms of Canine Cushing's disease.

Canine Cushing's Disease is an endocrine disorder. The endocrine system is responsible for producing and secreting hormones, which are the body's chemical messengers.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that regulates many processes, including metabolism, helping the body respond to stress, and modulating the immune system. Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism) results when the body produces too much cortisol. It can weaken the immune system and cause pain and discomfort.

Canine Cushing's disease can be hard to diagnose and many older pets can display symptoms of it. It is often an overlooked and undiagnosed condition. The disease is more commonly found in dogs than cats. Many pet owners are told that their pet has "probable Cushing's".

Three primary causes of Cushing's Disease include a small pituitary tumor (most cases), an adrenal gland tumor, or the long-term use of high dose steroids.

Symptoms of Canine Cushing's Disease

Concerned pet owners might first notice that there are skin sores that keep recurring or that their dog's drinking and urination patterns have changed. Sometimes symptoms are much more subtle and in the early stages, pets may only display a few (if any) of the symptoms below.

  • Excess water consumption
  • Increased urination
  • Increased appetite
  • Panting
  • Bloated, pot-bellied abdomen
  • High blood pressure
  • Hair loss (usually symmetric)
  • Thinning of the skin and fur
  • Susceptibility to infections and diabetes
  • Weakening of skeletal muscles, exercise intolerance

Laboratory tests can be inconclusive and/or show abnormal liver values. Quite often there is NO definitive diagnoses but only subtle signs. Pet owners can become discouraged because their pet's condition is not clearly diagnosed and symptoms appear to be unrelated. Medications may be prescribed which can have significant side-effects. On the other hand, a natural approach may be used which can often result in excellent improvements.

Cushing's Disease is more prevalent in the Poodle, German Shepherd, and terriers such as Yorkies and Boston Terrier, but can occur in any breed. Many dogs with Canine Cushing's have a history of allergies and many have taken steroids.


"Max has been using the Canine Cushings Support formula for 4 months with good results. Max's appetite has gone from voracious, always hungry to pretty normal. His thirst was almost unquenchable, drank so much water! We are so happy we found a remedy to help him with his Cushing's Disease." - D. Franke, Wisconsin

Holistic Treatments for Canine Cushing's Disease

Ask Ariel's holistic supplements for Canine Cushing's are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. The supplements have been used successfully to help dogs with Cushing's Disease since 2005. Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis offered holistic consultations for pets at several VCA Hospitals for over 10 years. Her years of experience formulating diet and supplement protocols for dogs with Canine Cushing's Disease are evidenced by the many testimonials on our website. These natural remedies for Canine Cushing's Disease can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian.

If your dog has been diagnosed with Cushing's Disease, we highly recommend using the Canine Cushing's Support supplement along with the Liver and Gallbladder Support Kit. Dogs with Cushing's Disease have elevated blood alkaline phosphatase, which is why it is so important to use both Canine Cushing's Support and the Liver & Gallbladder Supplement Kit in combination. Canine Cushings is a complex endocrine disorder and it requires a comprehensive approach to try to help your pet. The Kit contains essential probiotics, liver/gallbladder support and enzymes to help reduce allergy symptoms, skin problems, panting, hair loss and other side effects of Canine Cushing's Disease.

Canine Cushing's Support
is a supplement that naturally helps the body reduce cortisol levels and can improve your dog's quality of life and symptoms of Canine Cushing's disease. It is the excess cortisol that is causing the symptoms of panting, excess water consumption, immune weakness and pot-bellied appearance so by reducing cortisol levels, your dog's symptoms can improve. The key ingredient, phosphatidyl serine has been scientifically shown to reduce cortisol levels and is also an important nutrient for brain function. Pets with Cushing's Disease benefit significantly from this supplement and can often avoid the need for medication. Please consult with your veterinarian for your specific pet's situation, but many pet owners use the product with excellent results even when their pet has not been diagnosed and is thought to have "possible Cushing's".

Liver/Gallbadder Support Kit Many pets with Cushing's Disease have elevated liver values, especially alkaline phosphatase. Some may have gallbladder issues and sluggish bile. Our gentle liver supplement has been quite effective in for pets with elevated liver enzymes, sluggish gallbladder function and difficulty digesting fats. The liver is the main "clearinghouse" for excess hormones and in combination with Lypozyme and Power Probiotic, they help to flush out toxic overload. Remember the excess cortisol is putting a lot of stress on your dog's body overall, so it is important to use these natural sweepers together to try to clean out the excess cortisol and reduce the workload on the liver and digestive tract.

Oxicell SE is a one-of-a-kind topical cream that delivers glutathione, SOD and other important antioxidants (vital to the liver and over health) directly into the body. This product is very easy to administer, helps fight free radical damage and inflammation and is also an important product for pets with Cushing's Disease.

Diet Changes Can Help Dogs With Cushing's Disease

Dogs with Canine Cushing's Disease require a hypoallergenic, fresh diet. Diet changes can have a significant effect on your pet's symptoms. Pets with Cushing's Disease often have a long history of allergies. They also can frequently have elevated liver enzymes making it important not to overload the liver with excessive protein and fat. Veterinarians have been recommending our Canine Cushing's Disease supplement and diet program since 2005. Many pets have been able to eliminate the need for or substantially delay the use of medications. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food you are feeding your pet along with health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet suggestions on the packing slip that comes with your order.

Need Help? Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com
We understand how challenging Cushing's Disease can be for you and your pets. We are here to help. If you need information about a particular pet health condition and the products that can help, please email us for assistance. We do ask for your understanding however, as we cannot provide any consultative advice due to veterinary regulations that require a physical exam.

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