Dog Adrenal Gland Disorder – Prevention is Better than Cure Pet Care Tips 2 min read
Adrenal gland disorders in dogs may be hard to detect in the beginning stages of development. Your dog might have gained a little weight, be a little lethargic, or have slight changes in behavior, none of these symptoms seem serious but if left untreated it can lead to a more severe problem. Two of the most common conditions of adrenal gland disorder are Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.
Addison’s occurs when the adrenal glands are not producing enough hormones to function properly, and Cushing’s occurs when the adrenal glands produce too much of the glucocorticoid hormones.
The adrenal glands are small but they play a major role in maintaining the hormonal balance of the body. They work in conjunction with the pituitary and hypothalamus glands to help regulate digestion, the immune system, and most importantly, they control the body’s reaction to stress.
Dogs, as you know, can be major stress puppies. Especially when there is a change in routine. Stress can be triggered by something physical, like a change of diet, or something psychological, like a stay at the kennel. This might seem like an unlikely source of stress, but dogs are pack animals and you are their main pack buddy, so being sent away to the kennel can seem like being banished from the pack and this can be a major source of stress for dogs.
When your dog is stressed his adrenal glands produce the hormones that stimulate a fight or flight response. This is a primitive reaction and can be a lifesaver in many dangerous situations, but problems occur when your dog’s adrenal system is malfunctioning due to the release of too much or too little of the glucocorticoid hormones.
Commercially produced glucocorticoids are prescribed for a variety of medical purposes, but the negative effects of this treatment can cause serious problems. Glucocorticoids lower the immune system, seriously inhibit the healing process and can trigger a hormonal imbalance that can cause Cushing’s disease. Alarmingly, glucocorticoids can be sold under many different brand names, so it is always a good idea to check into the ingredients of all medication.
Unfortunately, glucocorticoids are the most overused and abused medication in the veterinary industry.
Fortunately, there are effective remedies available to keep your dog’s adrenal system in top notch shape, which means your pup will be able to cope with stress without the fear of putting his adrenal system into fight or flight overdrive.
Supraglan is a super blend of herbs that work to strengthen the immune system, support the adrenal gland function, and normalize hormone production. If your dog is a breed that gets stressed easily or if your dog is going for a “vacation” at the kennel, consider a dose of Supraglan as a natural way of combating the effects of stress and adrenal gland disorder.
Published: August 1, 2013