Natural Remedies for Cushing's Disease in Dogs

| Modified on Oct 26, 2023
Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Maren (Minneapolis, Mn) on 11/15/2009
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My dog with cushing disease went from almost being put to sleep to almost normal again. He had cough every 15 mins, skin rashes, over drinking water, over eating, blood nose, siezures and started to go to the bathroom on the carpet. The first thing is no rice, grain, barley or canned food. Too much toxin effect the cortisol causing the cushing disease. Had to invest some time into what may work. I went to all organic sweet potatoes and fish by Wellness, mixed with pumpkin, baby carrot organic, milk thistle(liver clease) apple cider vingar organic only, cap full to each meal, enzyme for digestion (very important) and probotic (acidollius)( very important), little olive oil (1/2 tsps to a meal) and dog vitamin pill. I found that getting all the ingredients together and mix in a blender, and refrigerate. Making up the foods ahead is how to win the battle of time to make each meal. I make enough for about 5 days, this is make sure it does not get stale. Use canned pumkin with the ingredient just pumkin or sqaush. Carefully not to give too much of this will spike the blood sugar level in the body. I use natural product to it is 1 drop per 2 lb of weight of dog. His eyes were no long blue in the waters. His tumor in the nose stop bleeding, he seen to breath better. I first did the transition for the dry food, to wet dog food, to a mixture, now all organic. This the key toxin in the dog as they get older cannot not keep up. Your dog and yourself do not have to suffer anymore. It is less expensive in the long run and a better for ourselves. Do not give up on your dog until organix.

Thank you, owner myself with dog with cushing disease.

Diagnosing Cushing's Disease
Posted by Jimb (Greensboro, Nc) on 06/17/2016

Our 12 year old cockapoo was just diagnosed with Cushings. We had noticed a thinning coat and reluctance to go on walks, but an episode of imbalance/vertigo/nystagmus in which I rushed her to the emergency vet has led us to this conclusion. The emergency vet suspected a random vestibular event, but elevated liver enzyme made her suspicious. Suzy's regular vet confirmed Cushings via blood test, and we're going today for a belly ultrasound. We're hoping to be able to manage her condition without harsh drugs. I'm grateful to have found this website, and appreciate reading everyone's experiences. Anybody with words of wisdom as to how to relax and be at peace with all this, please chime in! Thanks.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Kally Goschke (Captain Cook, Hawaii) on 12/23/2012
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My incredible vet has treated my 14 year old dog for Cushings with Rhemannia and Liver Happy chinese herbs. She has lived for 2 years with cushings and a large liver and is still going strong with ZERO side effects. I am so happy with these herbs and my dog has a very good quality of life. She can still jump in and out of car, go on hikes where it is cool, amazing. I am so glad I didn't have to give her toxic meds I want to spread the word they are not needed in the least!!

Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Jan (W. Ma, USA) on 09/27/2009
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My 10-year-old Tibetan Spaniel developed Cushings. I looked into holistic treatments and found Cushex drops containing: Taraxacum officinale, Arctium lappa, Astragalus membranaceous, Arsenicum (30C), Hepar. sulph. (30C), Mercurius (30C), and sulphur (30C). I use 3-4 drops on his food, which also includes raw frozen chicken or beef, home-made plain yogurt and canned pumpkin. Within two weeks his appetite was level, he greatly reduced his constant gulping of water, his coat grew back and his energy level and mood are fantastic.

Now that he's been on the drops for a while, I cut back to every-other-day for the drops for maintenance.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Stella's Mom (Ca) on 10/01/2015
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First, ANY animal or person with ANY health condition, illness, disease is NEVER to be vaccinated again - not bordatella, rabies, whatever. None means 0, nada, nothing. The vet who advised you about giving bordatella is wrong; it also is a useless vaccine and only helps with 2 of the 8-12 types of "cold" your dog could catch. Best is to make their immune strong and healthy. That happens by feeding the right diet of raw meat and bones, a little vegetable, good fat (meat, eggs, salmon..), NO vaccines/drugs/toxins/chemicals. No grains; dog's are carnivores. They don't cook and don't eat grains of any kind.

Our family uses homeopathy for ourselves and our animals. No matter what the condition, homeopathy can and does cure - not cover up the symptoms or make another problem. We've used it for dogs with liver disease, seizures, IBD, pancreatitis and aggression (caused by rabies vaccine). It's been successful for each.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Gayle (San Jose, Ca Usa) on 09/20/2012
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My dog came down with Cushings about 1 yr ago. Decided against standard treatment because of side effects, cost, and the fact that the drugs start killing off the adrenal gland. Switched to diet that is blend of EVO wet food, raw meat, raw eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, raw vegetables, raw fruit, and a supplement the vet had called Si Maio San 4 Marvels by Kan Essentials. After 4 days his symptoms completely stopped. I think the diet made the difference. Just recently the symptom of increased hunger has returned and I'm going to switch to mostly raw to see if that helps. I'm also going to add the probiotics and ACV.


Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Sue Tay (Oregon, US) on 07/22/2014

I also used Cushex drops for my American Eskimo who was diagnosed with Cushings at age 12. At the time his liver enzymes were so elevated the vet didn't know why he was still alive. He was panting heavily, barking at phantom food he thought was on the table, pacing a lot at night (which may have been the start of canine dementia) and very thirsty. The treatment the vet mentioned was super expensive with all the testing that was involved. I put him on Cushex, 3 times a day at first, then 2, then after a while just once. The bottle cost $30 and lasted a year. I went through 3 bottles and then his symptoms did not reappear. ( A year earlier when I ran out and couldn't get another for a couple of weeks they did reappear, but less.) My little guy passed away a month before he turned 16. So glad I had that extra time with him!


Dietary Changes
Posted by Amy (Orlando, FL) on 03/13/2023

Thanks for the insight that dogs are omnivores. I used to live on a farm with five rescued dogs. They would eat apples that had fallen off the trees. Daintily pick blackberries off the vine in summer. And steal cucumbers from my garden to eat. And they willingly ate carrots as treats. So, I agree.


Melatonin and Flaxseed
Posted by Debbie (Va) on 09/27/2016
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I make pancakes with flax for my dog with cushing. I use flax, pumpkin and water. She loves them and it has greatly reduced her symptoms. I make up a large batch and freeze them so I dont have to make them often. I give her one in the morning and evening. Also give her melatonin.

Diagnosing Cushing's Disease
Posted by Diana (Raleigh, North Carolina) on 02/08/2017

Hi, where did you get the Rehmannia 11 (Chinese Herbs), Livaplex, A-F Betafood, Cardioplus?


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Clare (England) on 08/16/2014

My GSD bitch has Cushing's and the vet wanted to start her on Vetoryl. I was so worried and read everything online about Cushing's, Vetoryl and alternative treatments. I tried flax lignans, a homeopathic remedy I read about online that an English vet had done a study on. I already feed raw. Anyway I clutched at any straw going. Also the Cushing's had effected her liver so she was prescribed a very expensive supplement which I can't afford and the insurance won't cover, so I imitate it with the ingredients bought seperately.

Her first stim test showed no improvement and I gave in and asked for Vetoryl. I took the week off from my part time job and never left my dog because I was so scared of side effects. Nothing happened and she has been fine on the Vetoryl. Her first stim test since she has been on Vetoryl shows that her Cushing's is under control and one of the liver enzymes is now just under the normal top range, and the other had dropped from 800 to 400, which is still high but on its way down. Hopefully the next stim test in a month will show the liver is back to normal.

My vet wanted me to use Hill's LD prescription diet instead of raw but no way am I feeding my dog soy. I think it is because she is fed raw that her symptoms have been mild and that she has responded to a low dose of Vetoryl The moral of this story is not to be afraid of Vetoryl. The only problem that has arisen is that because the high cortisol level masked her arthritis due to hip dysplasia she went very, very lame and refused to go for a walk. The vet has prescribed Onsior because the curcumin that helped my other GSD who also has HD so miraculously didn't help my bitch. Onsior has done wonders for her. Again I don't like using it as it is an NSAID but my vet assures me she will be fine. She is ten and if she has another year of life with no hip pain and her Cushing's under control that I will be happy.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Christine (Oregon) on 03/01/2016

Use sweet potatoes or yams instead of pumpkin.


Dietary Changes, Supplements
Posted by Deirdre (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/16/2016

Hi Dr. Bee. So sorry to hear your dog has Cushing's Disease.

Have you done a T4 thyroid panel on your dog to see if he's hypothyroid? My dog had the same symptoms and I ordered a thyroid panel. My vet then suggested ordering a T4 after seeing the results. Turns out he was hypothyroid. A few weeks after starting him on thyroid meds his fur starting growing back and the odor was gone.

https://www.idexx.com/resource-library/smallanimal/catalyst-dx-total-t4-testing-guide-en.pdf


Grain-Free Diet
Posted by Tom (Vallejo, Ca) on 08/22/2015
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Switched my dog to a grain free diet and it help out on the Cushings disease. His overall improvement was 90 per cent.Still has minor hair loss and a small cough once or twice a week instead of daily.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cecelia (Fredericksburg, Va ) on 01/25/2015

My dog, now age 12. 5 was diagnosed with cushings disease over 2 years ago. We put him on 10 mg Vetoryl capsule, 250 mg Milk Thistle, Krill Oil, Omega treats, supplement for joints, and 225 mg Denosyl. He show no signs of the disease. We feed him high quality dog food, treats and human grade meat and veggies. His belly looks little bit pooched, but that could be due to his inactivity because of my busy schedule. I am also going to try Dynovite. My dog looks amazing. He is healthy, happy, and strong. If your dog has this disease do not be afraid to use these products. Every dollar will be well spent. I hope my input helps.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Leslie (Tampa, Fl ) on 07/09/2015

My dog was diagnosed today with Cushings after the low dex test was done this week.. I use integrative medicine.. & do not have an integrative vet in Tampa. I did want to thank Jr Denman for his pumpkin comment with the product from Whole Foods.. I am just starting this journey to treat my dog with the best combination of products.. I hope to find a vet that can work with me .. My vet only has a negative opinion about the holistic treatments. She says no studies show that they truly work..

I love the info from University of Tenn. College of Veterinary Med. & am going to order a product called Cush Away..

Anyone use that product?


Dietary Changes
Posted by Jan (New Port Richey, Fl) on 01/08/2016

Hi Stella's mom, my 12 1/2 yr old beagle has cushings. Just today I talked w/her Vet and we agreed to begin selegine on Monday. Can you tell me exactly what raw diet you have your sweet Stella on? I used to make my own dog food by cooking chicken, green beans, carrots, applesauce, sometimes rice, sometimes oatmeal. But Allie constantly had GI upset, diarrhea, mucousy stool. Have her on Science Diet ID now, canned which she is tolerating well. But classic cushings (hunger, thirst, increased urination, lethargy, sagging belly, nighttime restlessness, incessant barking). Have been doing Denamarin (S-AMe and milk thistle) for 3 1/2 years which made a world of difference for awhile but things have advanced and adding selegine. Allie is also mostly blind and deaf as far as I can tell and this is new for the past 2-3 months.

Any advice, tips, etc from you or anyone is greatly appreciated. Also interested in the supraglan and anipryl, will look them up as alternatives to selegine.


Melatonin and Flaxseed
Posted by Nivia (New York) on 11/06/2017
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I would like to share information about The University Of Tennesse Veterinary... my dog was diagnosis with Cushing in 2011 when she was 7 years old she is now 14 years old and has been stable since. The products they mention on their website was effective on my dog.

The flax seed hull(Lignan)SDG by lignans for life and Melatonin for dogs 3 mg once a day depending on weight. I also believe it has been a big contribution to her health not worsening. I must say not every Veterinarian will have anything positive to say when it comes to Holistic medicine and not every animal will have the same results.

You have to use your own judgement along with changing her diet with raw foods, 100 percent coconut virgin oil in her foods and pro-biotic and digestive enzymes, omega oil will help with her skin and coat and digestive system. When I first change my dog's diet she did have a loose bowel movement, add 1 Tbs of coconut oil pure virgin and omega oil her body eventually got used to the change and her loose bowel movement stop it was a matter of her system getting used too. Always, check ingredient's on supplements that it mostly has natural ingredients. If you question any ingredients on a product do research on the product. I hope this can at least give you some idea what direction you would like to approach. I am not an expert or a Veterinarian I'm sharing my dog's experience with you in the hope this may help in some way or another. Good luck!


Melatonin and Flaxseed
Posted by Kim (Arizona) on 12/20/2016
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We have a boxer with a very tough case of cushings with a horrible case of calcinosis cutis. That is the open sores. We tried the natural route and saw very slight improvement. I stumbled upon study done at a university in Tennessee that uses melatonin and lignans. The melatonin actually grew all her hair back from a completely bald start. Her sores were lessed. Check it out easy to find information on it. And best of luck, cushings is a really rough one.

Diagnosing Cushing's Disease
Posted by Donna (Andrews, Nc) on 12/02/2016

I have three cockapoos...One had three episodes of pancreatitis, then kidney failure after seizure and moaned a whole day even on MEDS and IV's and put him down...He was my doggie soul la et 16 years. NOW ..I have two dogs with probable Cushings..panting, weight gain, thirst and urinating....One had nystagmus and at that time no mentioned Cushings...It has been years and finally this diagnosis! I am angry both went so long with just old age syndrome..The first mentioned sixteen and these two 13yo and 15yo..I am also not doing stress steroid tests..and will do organis low fat diets and supplements. I chose Pet Well Being Adrenal Harmony Gold..and waiting for it in the mail and did kidney support supplements weeks as one had elevated BUN....and a kidney diet..ALL so expensive...!!! BUT want the every best! IT is frustrating to have two with possibly same diagnosis! OUR prayers for all fur baby pooches struggling and pet owners!


Diagnosing Cushing's Disease
Posted by Jane (Minneapolis) on 06/15/2018

My now 14 and half year old dog was diagnosed with Cushings from her yearly Wellness exam a year ago. She did not show any symptoms at first, but when she did the Vet prescribed Trilastane. We monkeyed around with changing dosages and time of day administering and she seemed to just keep getting sicker. The potential side effects of the meds are the same as some the the symptoms of the disease so I had no idea what I was dealing with. After about 3 months of this my gut finally told me to take her off the meds and in the meantime I had been researching alternatives.

Follow your vet's advice on how to take her of these meds. It has to be done gradually.I started her on Pet Wellness Adrenal Gold Harmony and she is doing great! It contains turmeric and milk thistle as well as other plant based elements. She now has a bit of a spring to her step and a renewed sparkle in her eyes and although she still cannot make it through the night without pottying (heck, I can't either). We just use potty pads for her. I am so happy with how she is doing I would recommend Gold Harmony is anyone that has a dog with Cushing's.


Supplements
Posted by M Mccullough (Pennsylvania) on 02/10/2016

Try going on www.petwellbeing.com. They have a product called Adrenal Harmony Gold, specifically for Cushings disease. You'll want to read their positive testimonies. I ordered a bottle and my 14 yr old Boston Terrier is on her 6th day of treatment. I don't do specific recipes; she eats well as I've always fed her grain free kibble and she's very lively for her age; will continue to feed same till I see results of any decrease in her voracious appetite for food and water...hope this helps....blessings!


Supraglan, Anipryl
Posted by Phyllis (High Point, North Carolina) on 05/17/2010
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I started my cocker spaniel on supraglan which is a holistic medicine for cushings disease...and giving her anipryl 15mg (1 a day)supraglan 1 drop for every 2 lbs...sh is doing very good on these...


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Tina (Lancaster, Ohio) on 08/29/2013
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Solaray Milk Thistle with Phytosome 80% Silymarin 300 mg. 1x a day, Solaray Tumeric Root Extract 95% Curcumin 300 mg. 1x a day, Nature Made Fish Oil 1200 mg. W/ 360 mg. OMEGA-3, NOW SAMe 200 mg. 1-2 x's a day on an empty stomach. I also give Pet Probiotics and Enzymes by Dr. Mercola Healthy Pets. My Dallas has very high ALP liver enzymes (3, 971) off the charts and they have been going up for the past two years until I put him on Milk Thistle and Tumeric combined w/ the other supplements. In 3 months time I have got his liver enzymes down to 2,300 and still working to get them down. I will have the vet recheck in a few months to see were the ALP enzymes are at. I have also put him on a Raw food diet (Nature's Variety, Instinct raw Bites). No grains at all. He is possibly a Cushing's dog. Oh and his weight is 26-27 lbs. I hope this helps and the best of luck.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Jr Denman (Mississippi) on 04/27/2015

You can get organic pumpkin (no other ingredients or preservatives) in a BPA-free can at Whole Foods. It's called "Nummy-Tum-Tum" and made just for dogs. I've never found frozen pumpkin, and fresh isn't always available and is difficult to handle. Pumpkin is very good for a dog's digestion.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Christine (Oregon) on 03/01/2016

What is this in your article "I use natural product to it is 1 drop per 2 lb of weight of dog." What kind of drops is it. Now that it has been several years how are your dogs doing?


Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Ana (Ny) on 12/18/2015 15 posts

Use Dr Pitcairn and Dobias, they are 2 separate DVMs for their websites, videos and books. We have used one day of veggie broth, 3x a day, as much as the pup/dog will take, homemade and no salt, then next day use chicken juice, from uncooked chicken and just boil enough until it just turns color. Next day 1 cooked egg in am, leave runny, then in pm chicken cutlet, used breast. All other meats rotate except beef, do not use, use chicken, turkey, lamb pork, deer, rabbit, fish, see Pitcairn for recipes and Dobias has good input on why certain meats. Real bones are only done after a couple of weeks with success here and they are never ever cooked. I start holding the chicken leg for example and teach the dog what I expect and eventually they get the idea real fast to use all their teeth. You must provide a place for them to eat that is easy to clean, also get gentle soap to wash their jaw/chin and paw areas, use like Dr Bonner or Dr Woods soap watered down. Start with part-cooking your meat and keep track of any issues along with what you feed to rule out allergies. Use cast iron pan and cold pressed olive oil. Herbs and spices are okay see the above doctors for more info. You will see the spices used in their practice and supplements, like parsley, Italian spices with no onion, only use garlic powder in small quantities. Hope this helps. Apple cider vinegar should be a regular in your kitchen, research everything and keep track, in the end it is easier, cheaper and you will have wished you had done it long ago.

Prayers and best of the best to you and yours.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Cinde (St. Petersburg, Florida) on 08/26/2009
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This is quite a long story, but since not much is published on the Cushing's link for Dogs, I wanted to add what happened to my Yorkie, Nikki. She is not cured and still has set backs, but initially she did a complete 360!! She was very sick and the "reg" vets wanted to put her on massive steroids, my groomer recomended a Holistic vet, on our first visit she informed me we could just about cure Nikki's Cushings with proper diet, supplements, etc. It was one of the most thorough examinations she ever had. She was also shocked at all the drugs my dog had been given throughout the first 5 years of her life. She had seen 7 specialists up to this point. Holistic vets are very expensive so maybe I can help by sharing our daily regimen and what the Dr. first did for her.

1) No more chemicals, ie: flea control products

2) No more grains or canned dog food, dogs are carnivores, period.

3) No more vaccinations, they are supposed to only be administered to healthy animals only, She checks the animals titers and Nikki still had plenty of Rabies titers even 2 years after her last one, only other one she reccomended was Bortadella, Nikki still had some in her blood after her last one of 3 years ago and she only recommends it for dogs who go to dogparks or are around other dogs, Nikki does not. You can be issued an exempt form from your vet for your county animal control that dog is to sick to administer rabies, etc. an exempt form must by law be accepted and your licenses not held up.

There is a lot more to tell you but got to take a break.Will be back to finish, will copy in my email and save so I can finish, but will go ahead and post this for now. I will be back with what she takes, what she eats and what has occurred over the last 2 years since all this. Godbless, Cinde

Melatonin and Flaxseed
Posted by Jacqueline (Bonney Lake ) on 01/05/2018

Hi Kim, how long did it take for the fur to grow back? My girl was also diagnosed with atypical Cushings from U of Tennessee. I've been using Dr. Mercolas hormone support which contains melatonin and lignans from Norway spruce, for about 2 months now.


Melatonin and Flaxseed
Posted by Robin (Usa) on 02/18/2018

Jacqueline, has your dog improved using Dr. Mercola's hormone support?? I know you said it's only been a couple of months so you probably haven't had any blood tests since using the hormone support? To know if the blood values are any better?


Dietary Changes, Supplements
Posted by Debra (Houston, Tx) on 07/02/2017

You could try human probiotics like acidophilus.


Diagnosing Cushing's Disease
Posted by Bert (Cfl) on 08/25/2016

My 14 1/2 yr old Rat-ShihTzu was diagnosed on 6/8/2016 with Cushings. She is taking Rehmannia 11 (Chinese Herbs), Livaplex, A-F Betafood, Cardioplus, for this. She is also in congestive heart failure diagnosed last week. For that, she is taking Lasix and Benazepril. She developed a cough which brought us to this new diagnosis.

Since taking the Cushings medicine her kidney function is back in the normal range and the liver enzymes are coming down. This is really hard and I hate that she is going through this. I don't know how long this will continue but as long as she is eating well and continues to interact, we will carry on.

The heart failure issue is slightly improved but the cough is still there. That is my biggest concern. Please let me know of your progress with Suzy as I think we are on the same timeline.

Chloe also has dental issues but until we can get her stable, we can't anesthetize her for the extraction/cleaning. She has been a healthy dog for all of her life until now. It breaks my heart. Take care and I hope Suzy is doing well.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Debbiemarie54 (Loma Linda, California) on 07/24/2015
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This is my first post. My dog Cody, who is 13 years old, and a Sheltie, was diagnosed with a very mild form of Cushing disease. I opted to not place him on traditional medicine and try Cushex Drop S. Cody has been on the drops about 1 month. His appetite is normal again and he does not pant as much as he used too.

I think his hair may be returning but I'm not sure yet. I had him shaved due to the heat last summer, and his hair never grew back. That was before the diagnosis.

I give Cody 5 drops in his food in the morning. He is 48 pounds. Is that the correct amount?

Another problem I have with him is he constantly licks his feet and injures himself to the extent I have to take him to the Vet, make him wear the cone hat most of the time, etc. And Cody seem anxious a lot, which makes me anxious because I don't know how to soothe him.

I recently put him on Pet-Eez from PetsMart as a last resort. I am on social security and really cannot afford these high Vet bills, expensive medications, etc.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Tamarahsimone9 (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/20/2014

I thought I would share my story about my 9 year old female dachshund. She weighs 18lbs, and was diagnosed with Cushings the end of April 14. She doesn't have all of the symptoms, however, she was coughing alot, and then got pnemonia. That is what has led me on this journey.

When her blood test came back positive for cushings, I immediatley went to a holistic Dr. He muscle tested her and gave me some supplements. She contracted pnemonia again. Dr. prescribed clavamox which got rid of the pnemonia. Since then, I have decided to treat her with supplements and organic food. The Dr. wanted to start her on meds, however, I really don't like the side effects. Plus, monthly blood work etc...which I would totally be willing to pay, however, I believe I need to try to heal her naturally.

So, here is my regime, it takes time each morning and evening, but, for what I am observing, her hair has grown back (she had a round patch of hair missing) the underside of her torso has also grown back completely, she's active, doesn't drink an excessive amount of water and really doesn't show the symptoms. She does still have a slight cough, but it's mild and usually happens in the morning a bit. Of course, I am keeping my eye on that. I just thought if I could help anyone who is also going through this with their pet it is so worth me sharing.

In the morning I feed her a little dry (I am using Blue right now) that is mixed with Transfer Factor, I put a dollop of cooked sweet potatoes, ground up spinach and kale (about 1/4 cup) then I add 1 tsp. flaxseeds, 1 Tbsp of tumeric, 2 Tbsp either raw chicken, salmon, tuna, 1x a day- andrographis complex, antronex, milk thistle, pituitrophin PMG, 1/2 of the pill fren-gre, melatonin at night 1mg, parotid PMG and sprinkle on her food 1 tsp.. of immunity for pets. 2x a day, congaplex and xue fu zhu wan and 8 drops of Supraglan. In addition, to mix things up I may add a T. coconut oil to her food, or use goat yogurt......I have also read where ginko biloba is recommended but I have not used it yet. I would love any feedback or advise. Thanks for letting me share my story. I will keep you updated on our progress. Peace........

Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Erica (Goodlettsville, Tn, Usa) on 04/08/2013

My dog has high liver enzymes ALT and ALP. The enzymes are elevating each month. I have had pleanty of blood work done and have put her on the diet the vet reccommended and she is taking a daily supplement with milk thistle in it. Can you recommend a more natural diet? I have read articles and just am worried sick about my dog. he is 16 and I dont want to do surgeries or anything where she has to be put to sleep anymore. Can you help me? Thank you. Erica


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Meeasm (S. Ontario, Canada) on 04/09/2013

Suggest seriously perusing info on Mary Strauss' website at WWW.DOGAWARE.COM

and/or joining Lew Olsen's K9Nutrition list on yahoo. com at K9Nutrition group pets.groups.yahoo.com

Wishing you the very best of luck and am sending zen, healing thoughts and prayer to you both!


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Clondon (Lakewood, Ca) on 04/14/2013

I would switch to raw feeding you can buy pre made raw if you don't want to do it yourself!


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Diana (Ca., US) on 02/04/2015

Stay away from commercial foods all around and canned vegetables, pumpkin or anything else that comes in a can. Use Halshan raw food rabbit and vegetables or fish and vegetables and cook in a pot and portion before freezing. Use Dogtorx twice a day. The product has a new name now since it is new branding. Emeric is manufacturing it. Don't overload your dog with continuous digestive enzymes until he won't be able to digest properly without them. A wonderful supplement one should not miss out on is mezotrace special dog formula.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Carolyn (Hudson, Fl) on 07/20/2015

I tried using pumpkin and my dog, 8 yr old lab mix, had horrible runs. I stopped the pumpkin and it cleared up. Good luck.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 07/20/2015

You more than likely used far too MUCH canned pumpkin.

Read this info:

http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health/Canned-Pumpkin-for-Dogs-and-Cats.aspx

"Too much canned pumpkin can lead to lose bowel movements and create an entirely different issue."

Also, make sure you're using PURE PUMPKIN, NOT the pumpkin pie filling!


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Jan (New Port Richey, Fl) on 01/08/2016

Hi there, I am in the Tampa Bay area as well, recently moved to NPR. Dr. Carmen Saladino was formerly with Connechusetts Animal Hospital and is now at Animal Care in Land O Lakes; she's been my vet for > 20 years w/2 Cushings dogs. She recommended Denamarin for my beagle and it's made a great difference. Now 3 years later, we are looking at adding selegine, but from this website I'm going to look at Cushex and raw diet. If you look Dr. Saladino up tell her Allie's mom sent you; her number is 813-996-3800. Grateful for this networking website. Best of luck to you.


Dietary Changes, Remedies
Posted by Dee (Sc) on 08/11/2016

Where can I dogtorx. No one seems to sell it.


Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Darlene (Virginia, USA) on 07/22/2015

My dog has Cushings and I appreciate all the info on this site! I have a question:

I am interested in changing our dog's diet to raw like you talk about. The problem is that I'm vegan - I don't know which meat to buy, and I don't know about the yogurt. What do you buy? Where do you buy it? Can I use store-bought yogurt?


Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/22/2015

Hey Darlene!

You are posting on a thread from 2009; in case the original poster does not see your question, I have some advice.

If you are vegan you might find it easiest to use a pre-formulated raw diet; these are located in the freezer section of higher quality pet supply stores. Also, rather than yoghurt for the probiotics, you can also buy these in capsules in the refrigerated section of high quality HUMAN health food stores; you might also consider home made raw sauer kraut for the same probiotic health benefits.


Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Dee (Sc) on 08/06/2016

I buy organic plain whole yogurt and also use organic plain whole kefir for my dog.

Dee


Homeopathic Drops
Posted by Edna (Raymore) on 08/09/2016

I am curious how many drops you use of Cushex?


Dietary Changes
Posted by marty (FL) on 08/25/2022

Hi Cinde, I can tell you are a passionate dog lover so am I. We all need each other in this world of lies. I just want to challenge your statement >>>>>>>>>dogs are carnivores, period.

After researching many experts that I follow, I believe, cats are carnivores and dogs are omnivores.

Therefore they need fruit and veggies, mostly with some meat. Let me know if after you check it out you still feel they are carnivores. Have a beautiful day, Marty


Dietary Changes
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 03/14/2023 455 posts

Dogs are carnivores BUT if they're not getting meat and bone, they'll eat just about anything in an attempt to get the nutrients they're not getting or that their body can't manufacture because they're not getting meat and bone because they're basically starving. Most life forms will. But don't feed them rabbit. The only food in rabbit is in the head. People often find decapitated baby rabbits in their yards and think they must have been hit with the lawn mower but if their burrow is raided, the raiders only eat the heads.

Chicken thighs are good and cheap. Skin and all but with only 1/3 of what's fed with the bones - the rest boneless. Too much bone too early will bind them up. They need to go through the "cleanse" stage before they're fed whole chickens, necks or other bony parts.

A raw fed dog will not dig in the garbage or beg at the table for people food. They're getting what they need so there's no need to forage for nutrients.


Dietary Changes, Supplements
Posted by Dr. Bee (Atlanta, Georgia) on 12/16/2016
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My blue pit developed cushings and it became horrible before diagnosis. He started losing his hair and developing sores on his body. I am Naturopath so I immediately removed his food and started giving him fish, sweet potatoes, balck rice, irish moss, moringa, and other herbs for his red blood and immune system. His symptoms have cleared up except I am still not satisfied with his skin. It has not properly healed and he carries this offensive odor. I realize with all healing it takes time but does anyone know what to use to minimize the odor coming from his skin while healing??

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Maribethp (Denver Pa) on 07/25/2017

According to Chinese medicine a Cushings dog should not eat chicken because chicken produces heat. Fish, duck, pork, beef better


Supplements
Posted by Spirits Mom (Kc, Mo) on 08/19/2015

My 13 1/2 year old chihuahua has cushings AND kidney disease and the vet wants me to decide if I will use trilostane or mitotane. I'm uncomfortable with both and like you have become overwhelmed with all the information. I looked into the Supraglan you ordered thinking maybe I would try it too, and wanted to share with you what I found - this article clearly states to stay away from Supraglan.

http://www.askavetquestion.com/answer_np.php?id=2767-supraglan-for-cushings


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Diane (Louisville, Ky) on 03/19/2016

Newton homeopathy. Fatigue fighter. Thyroid. No grain dog food. Venison sweet potato or buffalo sweet potato. Natural balance dog food. Classical music. No loud music or noise worked for us. Allergy and or stress problem. Keep everything less stress.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Harry C. (Glassboro, NJ) on 03/31/2021

We are trying 1 1/2 mg melatonin and hmr lignans. Everything is priced right. Take a look. This is working for us



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