Addison’s disease, also called hypoadrenocorticism 1 , is an uncommon disease of dogs and occurs very rarely in cats. Discussed in brief in his book titled “Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats” by Dr Shawn Messonnier, the cause is unknown in some cases; in others it appears as an immune-mediated disorder in which the pet’s body makes antibodies that destroy its own adrenal glands.
Chronic use of corticosteroids (such as prednisone) can cause secondary Addison’s disease if the corticosteroid administration is suddenly stopped rather than gradually withdrawn from the pet.
Addison’s is most often diagnosed in young and middle-aged dogs. It often follows a waxing and waning course of illness. It is gradual and progressive as it develops, and is frequently misdiagnosed as a minor stomach or intestinal upset, allergy, or low-grade virus. If left untreated, it will result in sudden death.
Clinical signs occur as a result of decreased output of adrenal gland hormones (glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids):
- Anorexia (loss of appetite);
- Shaking / shivering;
- Lethargy / depression;
- Waxing / waning course;
- Weight loss;
- Sensitive abdomen;
Principal Natural Solutions
- Glandular Therapy
Supporting Natural Solutions
Addisons Herbal Support Blend
Before feeding a pet with a medical condition one of our natural diets, please check with your veterinarian first to make sure the diet does not compromise your pet’s health care.
Start by switching your fur kid to natural raw cuisine, as it will improve the pet’s overall health. Supplemental treatment for hypoadrenocorticism includes a natural diet, antioxidants; and herbal remedies such as borage, dandelion leaf, liquorice, nettle, Siberian ginseng; Rehmannia root and spirulina to strengthen the adrenal gland. Our Addison’s Herbal blend is customised for each individual, and contains most of the herbs listed.
These supplements can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies. It should be noted that is currently no cure for primary Addison’s, and treatment will be lifelong for your pet.
Additional Articles and Videos
Good reference articles & videos further reading available at:
- Effect on thyroid hormone action (WikiPedia);
- Effects of Carnitine on Thyroid Hormone Action (Wiley);
- Addison’s Disease Remedies (Earth Clinic);
- How to Raise Cortisol Levels (WikiHow);
- Dr Peter Dobias – Addison’s Disease – Natural Treatment + Prevention (Dr Dobias);
- Addison’s Disease in Dogs (Natural Wonder Pets);
- “Among the chief constituents of Rehmannia root are iridoid glycosides, simple glucose molecules that stimulate the production of cortisol in the adrenal glands.” Home Remedies for Addison’s Disease (Organic Facts);
Addison’s Disease in Dogs
References and Research
- 1.Bruyette D. Addison Disease (Hypoandrenocorticism). MSD. 2000. https://www.msdvetmanual.com/endocrine-system/the-adrenal-glands/addison-disease.