Addison's Disease in Dogs

Feb 03, 2017

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.

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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.


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Posted by Cherie (North Carolina) on 06/02/2014
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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.

Replied by Lorraine

How much DHEA did you use on your dog and how many pounds was he. Also how much salt did you use?

Replied by Vanessa

Did you stop giving him the Percorten injection as well as the prednisone?


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Posted by Simone (Ocala, Florida) on 02/10/2016
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I self-diagnosed my very I'll JRT due to finances. She had multiple, severe attacks each day. I have (so far) had two weeks of success by administering LICORICE (regular / NOT "DGL"). I gave her divided doses 5-6 times per day ( total approx. 700 MG's).Now, I have reduced to (total 500 MG's) divided 3 times per day. So far, no attacks and back to energetic, playful little girl. I recommend checking with your holistic vet prior to treatment as I am not a professional. I am simply writing about my personal success and the chance I had to take to help her.


Posted by Susana (New York) on 03/10/2015

I am working with a Kinesiologist (muscle testing) for my dog. I have not used any of the traditional veterinary suppressants for Addison's. I have been treating her for the past year, but I cannot give dosages as it changes with her health. We have been using (all human grade) a Standard Process product called drenamin, milk thistle, alfalfa, dandelion powder to name a few. There is a product by Pets Alive that is a liver and immune support that helps some, but does not help with all the symptoms. I have also taken her off regular food and have put her on EVO (low carb dry food) and Sojo's freeze dried vegetable based food. It seems as if carbohydrates/sugar is extremely bad for the adrenals.

Replied by Dr. Christina
Sparks, Maryland

Next step, Susana, is to go to an all fresh food diet, using the foods you are eating (not grains). Being part of the family meal seems to actually help. Standard Process supplements are great. They are so committed to organic and employee satisfaction.

Of course, working with a great integrative vet would be the very best. I remember one Addisonian dog I treated who responded with seizures to the first homeopathic medicine, then was completely cured and needed no supplements (just fresh diet, no vaccines, no chemicals) for the next 3 years (was 15 when passed). My website has a list of all the different organization's websites and an article to help you select the best ones.