Last Modified on Jun 02, 2014
Canine Addison's Disease, also known as adrenal insufficiency, occurs when your pet's body doesn't produce enough cortisol from the adrenal glands, and as a result the body's electrolyte balance is unable to maintain itself. Addison's disease can be caused by damage to the adrenal glands, but oftentimes it is a genetic disease that can onset with other autoimmune disorders affecting dog health.
Symptoms of Addison's disease can include vomiting, diarrhea, low energy, loss of appetite, shaking, muscle fatigue, low body temperature, low heart rate, pain in the legs, and hypoglycemia. Addison's disease appears similar to seizure and metabolic disorders, and sometimes symptoms do not appear until the adrenals are practically non-functional.
Find Addison's Disease Treatment for Your Dog
This page is for user submitted home and natural remedies for Addison's disease in dogs. Right now we are actively interested in discovering natural cures for our puppies suffering from this disorder, but currently have very little information. If you know of a remedy for dogs with Addison's disease, please let us know here.
[YEA] 06/02/2014: Cherie from North Carolina: "Hi - My beloved Bear (a Great Pyrenees) was diagnosed with Addison's disease at the age of 2 1/2 years. I began the treatment of Percorton and prednisone. However, low doses of prednisone did not help him and higher doses made him feel awful, I was afraid I was going to have to put him down. I searched the internet for days and read that people with addition's benefited from taking DHEA (an over the counter, cheap supplement). So I began reducing Bear's prednisone and giving him instead DHEA. He immediately got better and better to where I quit giving him prednisone and continued the DHEA. I also salted his food everyday. He lived several more years. It was a blessing as I adored my sweet Bear."
02/07/2010: Sandy from Carrollton, Tx, Usa: "Canine Addison's Disease
Please add this disease to your pet page. I have not been able to find much on treating Addison's disease in dogs and would like any feedback on natural treatments. I am interested on what to feed, any natural herbs or what treatment actually works. Thank you so much."
EC: Thank you for the suggestion - done!
04/05/2010: Jo76 from North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Hi, I too am looking for a natural remedy for my dog who has Addison's. She got diagnosed around 6 years ago when she almost died and collapsed on the vets table. Ever since then she has been on florinef and prednisone. She currently takes 14 Florinef pills daily plus 1 prednisone 5mg. I have tried dropping the amount of prednisone down to 3/4 tablet but each time I reduce the prednisone she gets side effects. I really wish I could give her something natural instead of giving her drugs - pretty much if she doesn't take them she will die. I thought maybe someone out there knows either natural remedies to help dogs with addison's or even natural alternative to prednisone would help - the long term prednisone use (6 years) is really taking it's toll on her body, she has lost a lot of muscle mass, she has gained weight, she's hungry a lot, she has a large tummy where the muscles have have been weakened so it's like a pot belly, she looses her breath quite easily and pants a lot. She is 14 years old and has problems with her front shoulders as well (bone spurs and joint pain), as well as arthritis in her front legs - she can't walk very well so her exercise is swimming."
04/28/2010: Ronda from Vancouver, Wa replies: "esciencenews.com has an article (September 7, 2009) regarding the use of licorice in treating addisons disease in dogs. Licorice herbal supplement was studied in New Zealand on one Addisonian dog. It was found that it normalized the dog's hyperkalemia (high potassium.)"
08/13/2012: Suzanne from Chattanooga, Tn Usa replies: "I have a dog with Addison's also. He is on 10 Florinef pills a day (5 in the a.m. And 5 in the p.m. ) He is also on 3.75 mg of Prednisone a day (in the a.m. Only). I have tried reducing his prednisone but he becomes symptomatic. I have searched for over a year for an alternative treatment for Addisons and have not been able to find one. My dog was diagnosed in May 2010. I was involved in several Addisons support groups but no alternative medicine help. I would like any suggestions."