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Supraglan–A Cure for Cushing’s Disease in Dogs?

There are many similarities between the symptoms of Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease in dogs–both considered fatal in canines. There are many rumors in regard to the miraculous healing of the natural supplement Supraglan, reported to cure both diseases. Are these claims true or not?

About Cushing’s Disease

According to vet authorities, Cushing’s Disease in dogs may develop from two things: (1) a benign tumor on one of the adrenal glands or the pituitary gland, or  (2) an overdose and dependency on Prednisone, a drug normally given for arthritis, allergies, or the treatment of autoimmune disorders in dogs.

Considered a synthetic, inactive corticosteroid, Prednisone is converted by the dog’s liver into an active steroid by the name of prednisolone. Drug reactions can occur with renal disorders, abnormal thirst levels, and excessive hunger. Longer periods of the drug can show ulcers in the digestive tract, pain and inflammation in the pancreas, diabetes, degeneration of muscles, and unpredictable change in the dog’s behaviors.

Also referred to as hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing’s Disease develops with too many adrenal gland hormones being produced. This  is a drug that should preferably not be used over a week in duration as it is known to obstruct the normal processes of the adrenal glands – known to do so on a permanent basis.  Once the dog’s body is unable to create its own corticosteroids, it will become dependent on the drug as its only source. Over time, this can lead to fatal heart problems and diabetes.

Symptoms of  Cushing’s Disease

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  • The dog with Cushing’s Disease will begin to develop skin issues.
  • Infections will begin to develop at a faster rate.
  • Dogs with Cushing’s will show an increase in appetite and thirst.
  • Decrease in body hair.
  • A frequency of urination will develop.
  • Increase in blood pressure.
  • The dog will begin to pant excessively.

Claims of Supraglan

Supraglan is a natural supplement currently being used as a natural treatment of Cushing’s Disease and Addison’s Disease.  It is defined by its manufacturers as a natural supplement for dog adrenal gland dysfunctions.

Vet-approved, Supraglan manufacturers claim to restore the dog’s skin health, reduces thirst and urination, improves adrenal functioning, stops hair loss, promotes health of the fur, and is supposed to be a natural treatment for Cushing’s Disease in dogs.

Description of Supraglan

Supraglan is made of natural ingredients:

  • Borage—Contains natural precursors of adrenal glands hormones; stimulates the endocrine system functions; helps eliminate toxins; restores adrenal cortex.
  • Milk Vetch—Tonic; nutritive; stimulates liver function; improves immune system; well accepted in cases of auto-immune diseases.
  • Bistort—Astringent, soothing, anti-inflammatory, has a tonic effect on liver and kidneys.
  • Eleutherococus Senticosus—Balances hormonal actions (ACTH and cortisone) on adrenal glands; increases resistance to infection, stimulates DNA synthesis and cellular repair enzymes.
  • Wild Yam—Anti-inflammatory; contains steroidal saponins (dioscin, dioscorin) used as sources of saponins in the preparation of steroid hormones.
  • Licorice—Adrenal stimulant (contains glycyrrhizin, a compound similar to corticosteroids, which stimulates adrenal glands); immunostimulant; anti-inflammatory; potentiates cortisone effects.
  • Dandelion—Highly nutritious food; stimulates liver secretion, improves digestion and stimulates appetite; acts as an organic support.
  • Glycerin based

Using these natural ingredients to decrease the adrenal system in dogs from a completely hyperactive state, the product slows the overproduction of the corticosteroid hormones which have become overloaded in the dog’s system.  Side effects have not been seen yet in the usage of Supraglan.

Supraglan dosage for dogs

Supraglan should be given twice a day, with one drop for every two pounds to 50 pounds of dog weight. After this, add one drop per additional four pounds. The enclosed eye dropper will be marked at 0.5ML and 1ML with the .05ML equal to ten drops of the supplement.

The natural supplement can inserted directly into the mouth or mixed with canned dog food or fresh meat with the eye dropper. Once purchased, Supraglan needs to be refrigerated while lasting six months.

Supraglan reviews

There are many reviews of Supraglan, with mixed reviews. Some of them are available at for those who are interested in both sides. At the present time, information presented  is for educational purposes only; statements about products and health conditions have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration at this time due to lack of scientific studies. However, many people with dogs who have Cushing’s Disease claim an improvement in their dogs who are on Supraglan or a similar natural supplement for Cushing’s Disease.

NOTE: Do not use canine adrenal gland medication if the dog is pregnant, lactating, or suffering from cardiovascular conditions!


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  1. Donna Ball
    December 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm — Reply

    My chihuahua jack Russel mix was diagnosed with Cushing little more than two years ago. Vet put Rambo on 30 mg of vetoryl. Atch stimulation test 3 to 4 Times a year. Which was always on low side of optimal control 1.5 . A couple times Rambo went off his food I read predizone would produce the cortisol so I used one pill two different times and Rambo got better. We reduced veterol from 30 to 10 (my choice and suggestion after his last atch stimulation test was 1.5. I requested his levels to be slightly higher. After one month on 10 mg vetoryl last ATCH showed .70! Now my vet is talking about Addison’s disease. My head is spinning. My dog is feeling better without the vetoryl. Longer story but will put the rest in a it shell. Rambo had an ultra sound to look at his pancreas due to blood work and vet saying pancreatitis. Ultra sound showed pancreas’s was normal and adrenal glads ok. Petuitary cushions turned Addison’s? Last blood work shows ALP 700. Side note triglycerides 1800. Next step atch stimulation test in two more weeks no vetory. After I asked if our Vet could look into studies on dogs using Lipitor he suggested I could start Ramno on oat bran 1/2 tsp a day and niacin 250 mg a day. I need help !

    • December 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm — Reply


      It sounds like your vet is floundering. I am not a vet myself, but I would get a second opinion. I would also email Gary La Mon at Natural Wonder Pets:

      Gary Le Mon is a Board-Certified Master Herbalist specializing in natural home remedies for dogs and cats. He is certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board and is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and the American Botanical Council. Founder and chief formulator of Natural Wonder Products, Gary, now retired, dedicated himself to caring for animals and the formulation, testing and distribution of Earth-friendly, 100% natural veterinary-naturopathic medicine. For any questions regarding cataracts in dogs, please contact him on his website.

      His phone is 800-614-1401. Just ask for him. She may have to have him call you back or he may be there. Tell him I told you to call him (Nancy Houser from WayCoolDogs) and then tell him what is going on. His email is Gary Le Mon at and just copy what you sent me. Good luck!


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  3. julie
    July 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    My beautiful wire fox terrier was diagnosed with cushings disease at the age of 10. He had not shown any particular symptoms and it was only picked up when I had his teeth cleaned and they asked if I would like a full blood check to be done. He has been treated with vetoryl for the last 2 yrs without any side effects. My vet has told me that because it was caught in the early stages and treatment was prompt his prognosis is very good. He has his levels checked every 3-6 months and the dose changed accordingly, depending on the cortisone levels. I would strongly advise anyone to get their pet insured then it takes away any financial worries. It may sound a little harsh but if you cant afford to care for your dog fully, and we pet owners know it can be very expensive, then should you really have one. Our dogs are very precious to us and deserve the best for all the love and affection we receive from them.

  4. Jacquie
    September 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    My 9 year old Boston Terrier has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease. The vet had us start her on Trilostane. She has taken 6 doses. She is worse on the medicine than off. Her symptoms have been pot belly, increased urination and water consumption, excessive panting, some muscle weakness and problems with her kidneys. She was still active, going for long walks almost everyday, no accidents in the house, still begging for treats and excited when someone came home. Now since starting Rx she has stopped eating, very lethargic, lots of twitching, not her active self and a little labored breathing. I was thinking that maybe the natural way would be better seeing as this Rx is making her miserable. Any thoughts or advice on where to start? I know her diet needs to change.

    • M77355
      May 25, 2017 at 10:32 am — Reply

      I hope this isn’t too late to be of help … without long detail into what we did for our dog, I’ll just ask if you have tried dividing the daily dosage? Ours did MUCH better when we had Diamondback make his daily dosage in 1/2 dose capsules that I bury into his food. I researched thoroughly and make large batches of homemade food. I freeze 1 gal. portions that last a few days then pull out another as needed. Add-ins to recipe can be garden herbs and fresh ginger that all address inflammation and liver health. I do hope the situation has improved!

  5. August 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm — Reply

    My 11 lb 12 yr old Chihuahua has all of the symptoms of Cushings. An ultrasound showed a very enlarged liver. She also has a heart murmur. Voracious appetite, increased urination with accidents, thirst lethargy coughing. She does not have skin rashes, sores or bad coat. Dr. highly suspected Cushings and said it was going to cost around 1,200 to find out. After researching it seems animals do not do well on Prednisone/steroids anyway. Treatment is worse than disease. Question: I see some animals do better with Supraglan some Cushex . Would it be bad to combine the two. She needs improvement fast. Vet never suggested changing her diet or that natural remedies would help at all. Thank you in advance.

    • August 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm — Reply

      Marisa….I have forwarded your situation to Gary, a board certified herbalist specializing in natural remedies for dogs and cats. He also makes his own products, as he is also a chemist. He has your email and mine, so hopefully we will be hearing from him soon. He uses natural remedies, as with Cushings the treatment makes many dogs sicker. With your little girl up in ages, I would use the kindest and gentlest methods you can.

      Thank you,
      Nancy Houser

    • September 2, 2012 at 1:19 am — Reply

      (From Gary to Marisa)

      Hi Marisa,

      I’m not a veterinarian and do not give medical advice or diagnosis. Nor do I interfere with ongoing veterinary protocol. But as a board certified herbalist specializing in natural remedies for dogs and cats, I would like to suggest a way forward for you and your Chihuahua. If she were my own sweet dog, this is what I would do.

      Instead of treating for Cushing’s at first, let’s take a look at her symptoms from a more basic biological perspective. Her heart, liver, kidneys and digestive tract are far more likely to be the upstream causes that trickle down as symptoms of Cushing’s or diabetes or worms or arthritis … the dividing lines are blurry. But until you have these organs/systems in balance and a more stable patient to work with, your question of Cushing’s or otherwise is premature if not irrelevant. Her enlarged liver and heart murmur are far more suspect to me than her symptoms of Cushing’s, and clearly a better place to start. My naturopathic herbal protocol would begin by nourishing these larger, deeper organs first and foremost.

      Anyone can do this with minimal effort. You will be working with four of my favorite herbs: Milk Thistle, Hawthorne Berry, Dandelion Root and Burdock Root. Buy these in 1 ounce tinctures at your local health food store or at Whole Foods if available. You can also buy pure herbal powder in capsules of 450 to 500 milligrams each. Go to Mountain Rose Herbs, a safe and reliable source. Capsules are easy to open and “cut” for accurate dosing. Whether you use powder from capsules or drops from a tincture, you will be sprinkling it over her wet or dry food twice daily.

      Mix the four herbs together in equal parts and give once in the morning and once again in the afternoon or evening.

      (1) If you use liquid herbal tinctures, the label will tell you how many drops to give a human of average weight (150 to 200 lbs.). As a general rule, you can divide your dog’s weight by an average human’s weight to get the percentage of the recommended dosage to give your dog. For example, your dog’s 11 pounds divided by 150 pounds equals 7.3% of a standard dose. If the label on the tincture calls for 30 drops in a standard dose, give her 7.3% of 30, which is 2 or 3 drops. Add each herb to her food twice daily.

      (2) Pure herbal powder is even easier to work with and does not contain harmful alcohol as tinctures do. Simply open the capsules and use a credit card to divide and measure the powder before sprinkling it on her food. Here you will want a little higher percentage than the liquid dose from a tincture. Use a minimum threshold amount of 200 mg of each herb for her light 11 lbs. With a capsule containing 500 mg, for example, measure out roughly two-fifths for each dose. (Give 200 mg of each herb for dogs weighing up to 20 lbs. From 21 to 50 lbs., give one 450 to 500 mg capsule twice daily. From 51 to 100 lbs., give 1 1/2 capsules of each herb twice daily. Above 100 lbs., give 2 capsules of each herb twice daily.) Remember, dosing with herbal medicine is not as critical as dosing with allopathic drugs. Herbs work with the body, not against it, and risk of overdose is simply not an issue at these levels if instructions are followed.

      Milk Thistle will detoxify the liver; repair damaged liver cells and promote the regeneration of new cells.
      Hawthorne Berry is specific for the heart and will nourish and tonify both the organ and circulatory system.
      Dandelion Root helps not only with liver detoxification but it’s also “Cholagogue” in that it decongests the gall bladder by increasing bile flow. It is “Choleretic” in that it promotes bile production, and it is “Anti-rheumatic” in that it helps the body dump metabolic waste into the blood stream to be cleansed by the kidneys.
      Burdock Root will supercharge her digestive juices promoted by the Dandelion Root, also assisting the kidneys in removing toxins that can build up in the blood.

      Continue this protocol for 3 to 6 weeks before re-evaluating symptoms. Odds are quite good that you’ll have your ‘ol furry friend back from the brink and well on her road to recovery with just these herbal nutrients. If so, continue ongoing maintenance at about half the initial dose. If not, consider continuing at half the initial dose anyway (these four herbs form the cornerstone to good health) while we turn our attention back to Cushing’s, if symptoms warrant.

      A few natural products vie for the Canine Cushing’s market. You mentioned Supraglan and Cushex, neither of which am I qualified to talk about although I’m sure they are fine products. My recommendation is one of our Primalix naturopathic-veterinary Herbal Extract “Functional Food Drops” formulated specifically to ameliorate and eliminate symptoms of Cushing’s in all dog breeds. It’s called Primalix CortiQuel and everything I have to say about this safe and effective herbal remedy can be found at Cushing’s in Dogs.

      Btw, I also recommend a mineral/herbal detoxicant in convenient capsules that already contain 3 of the four above-mentioned herbs (Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root and Burdock Root – all you add is Hawthorne Berry). This award winning product also contains clinoptilolite Zeolites (a group of unique volcanic mineral substances) which have a remarkable ability to cleanse and detoxify the body at the cellular level. It’s called MaxoTox Herbal-Mineral Detoxicant.

      Finally, I’m not surprised that your vet never suggested changing her diet or trying natural remedies. Conventionalism, arrogance and ignorance are tiny windows on the world that can blind all of us, professional and lay alike, to the simple truth that Nature holds the body’s own healing power – and gives it up willingly. Tell everybody you know. Herbs are truly the most miraculous natural healers on Earth!

      Best Regards,

      Gary Le Mon
      Master Herbalist
      Natural Wonder Products

      • Lisa
        July 13, 2014 at 10:08 am — Reply

        I found this response very interesting and am now trying this approach with my 11.5 year old female Boxer who is presenting with many symptoms consistent with Cushing’s. It makes complete sense to me to first address the heart, kidney and liver functions before putting her through the ordeal of tests, so three to six weeks of herbal treatment seems like a good choice. Thank you for this well thought out remedy, as well as information on dosing. We started her regimen today. -Lisa.

  6. Bob & Judy Brown
    June 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm — Reply

    We started Meggie (13 yr old, 24 # Boston Terrier) on Supraglen one week ago today. We did start on a reduced amount and have increased it to 8 drops two times/day. Have not noticed much improvement yet–in fact she is very sluggish, and not really wanting to be around us as much. She does seem to be a “little” better with the urination but not much. She never has had the skin problems that others write about. In fact her coat is very good for a 13 year old doggie! Can you provide us with any information about how long we should continue with the Supraglen?? How long should we go with this supplement before we think about the Vetoryl?

    • June 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm — Reply

      Did you take your dogs to the vet and/or natural vet, to notify them of your plans to start with Supraglen, and did you rule out any other types of issues? If so, what have they suggested on when to start with Vetoryl?

      • Bob & Judy Brown
        June 14, 2012 at 8:05 am — Reply

        She tested positive for Cushings by our vet. We met with him regarding her treatment. He had planned to put her on Vetroyl but we asked his opinion about the supraglen. We took him the info that we had printed off. He said he did not previously know about it but supported our using it. He said he would appreciate hearing how she does on it, and would be glad to give her the Vetoryl if and when she did not respond to the supraglen. Since we wrote our first comments, she is responding better. Not urinating and drinking as much. Her activity level has picked up a little bit. Not great, but she is better for the time being. We still are not giving her the maximum dosage that she is allowed, but we have decided to keep it as low as possible to allow for some increase if necessary. Do you have any comments that may help us use this medicine effectively, and do you believe that we should use the Vetoryl? We do not expect to have a super active dog again but we would like her to enjoy her life a little more. Thanks for any help that anyone can give us. Thanks, Bob and Judy Brown

        • June 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm — Reply

          As long as you are seeing improvement and you are in close communication with your vet, I would continue as you are doing. Once you notice a drop in her activity levels, you have left yourself some room to increase her dosage. If that does not do any good, I would immediately move to Vetoryl as a last resort. See what your vet thinks of adding an immunization supplement to increase her stamina and immunization level. On our home page, we have a sponsor that advertises Triple Sure. However, he is a chemist that specializes in many natural products for his company, and will talk to you. I would contact him.

          • Bob & Judy Brown
            June 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

            appreciate your comments, think we will continue on the dosage until we see that she is not doing as well. About the immunization, we will think about that at a later time perhaps. It is hard to know what to do, but will keep the info in mind. We do also look at the Vetoryl as an option, too. Thanks again for your help! B & J Brown

  7. Lori Bowen
    January 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    Like you I have been trying and trying to find the right medication to give my dog. Lysodren sounds scary! Trilostane sounds frightening as well but after reading some of the blogs, I think I will give it a try. I did take Chamisa ( my sweet dog) to a holistic vet and did not find the herbs to help. Unfortunately, this entire experience has been expensive and my new hubby is not appreciating all the urine on the bathroom floor each morning or putting diapers on an eighty pound dog. God bless all you sweet people out there who are trying to make the last years of your friend’s life good. I’m in there with you and am continuing to try and find the best option. It’s a tough diagnosis and an expensive one.

  8. Tammy Perry
    January 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm — Reply

    Hello…my 10 year old Daschund/Corgi has been diagnosed recently with Cushings Disease. After extensive and expensive blood work, his test were positive. The vet recommended that he be put on medications and do further blood work every two weeks until the right dosage had been given to him. Well with the prices of the testing, I really financially can not afford this. I have been looking into some herbal medications for him and found the Superglan and Cushex Drops for the Cushings disease. I wanted to know if you knew which one would be a better treatment for him. We are just trying to make him comfortable…he has lost a lot of strength in his back legs, pants all the time, has the big pot belly and his skin just keeps getting sores and is real dry….so as I said we just want him to be comfortable and enjoy the rest of his life with us. Any help that you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. I also seen that you recommended to another person on here the name of another doctor in case the medication was not effective.
    Thank you so much for your help.

    • January 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm — Reply

      If you choose to go natural with your pet, I would contact Gary Le Mon personally on his website at Natural Wonder. He does have a new product he is working on for Cushing’s. I would also ask him about giving your pet his medicine for building the animal’s immune system.

      If you need anything else, please let me know. Tell him Nancy Houser sent you from Way Cool Dogs.

      Phone orders welcome:
      International: +1-520-207-3330

  9. Donna
    June 26, 2011 at 10:33 am — Reply

    I have a pit bull that just was diagnosed with cushings. She is 11 years old. With treatment they go by weight, and i can not afford treatment with medications. I just ordered Supraglan in hopes that it will help ease her symptoms. I know that there is no cure for Cushing’s Disease. I just want her to be comfortable with the time she has left.

    • June 26, 2011 at 10:42 am — Reply

      Donna….if you have time, contact Gary Le Mon on his website at Natural Wonder Pets. He does his own natural manufacturing of herbal medicine. I was talking to him the other day and he has another product for Cushings if the Supragan is not effective enough for your girl. Tell him I sent you, Nancy Houser.

  10. Sorin
    May 19, 2011 at 8:41 am — Reply

    Addison’s and Cushing’s disease are polar opposites in their causes. How can this medicine treat both at the same time? Also, I read that it is dangerous to give dogs with Cushing’s disease (overactive adrenal gland) any steroids which would add to the problems from having too much glucocorticoid hormones, or any other chemical that would otherwise stimulate the adrenal glands. Yes licorice is listed as an adrenal gland stimulator. Can anyone explain how this medicine can treat two opposite diseases, and do so for Cushing’s despite seeming to have incompatible ingredients?

    • valentina
      October 20, 2017 at 1:16 pm — Reply

      Thank you Sorin , you totally right. We have dog (named ”pot cake”or bahamian- rescue from cruel Bahamas. 12 and half years old, cushing for last 4 years and helped by Vetoryl 60 mg / day.
      I trust and with good reason homeopathic treatments for many problems in dogs. But cushing disease should be treated with medicine specific for the ilness.

  11. February 28, 2011 at 9:41 am — Reply

    Thank god my dog does not have any of those symptoms.

    Thanks for sharing though

  12. January 7, 2011 at 11:01 am — Reply

    I have never heard of Supraglan and it being natural is pretty cool too. You do have a lot of valuable info on this site. It would have been nice to have known about this a couple of years ago when my friends dog was going through this. We honestly at first just thought it was the start of old age!

  13. Mindy
    October 29, 2010 at 11:13 am — Reply

    This sounds like a very interesting option when symptoms aren’t TOO bad. When my dog was first diagnosed, I used something called Drenamin (bovine adrenal extract) because of the side effects of the Rx options. After a couple years, I read about Trilostane (Vetoryl). At the time it was a new treatment for Cushings and I had to get it imported from the U.K. One time when ordereing it, there was a message that they were changing to the name Vetoryl. I knew that once it was made specifically for animals, the price would go up, so I bought extra. Good move on my part — the price jumped very quickly for the exact same meds.

    That was a while ago. Anyhow, after seeing how well the Trilostane helped her symptoms and that she had NO side effects from it, if I had to do it over (and Vetoryl/Trilostane was available at the beginning), I would immediately use it. There were dramatic improvements.

    Anyhow, on the natural front, I also gave milk thistle, colostrum, and someting called Vet Zimes Formula V4. That made incredible changes in how she felt. I’m not sure what specific it was about the Vet Zimes, because they are digestive enzymes to help the immune system (don’t really know which enzymes or if there is an OTC equivalent, but they made vast changes in her so I didn’t want to take a chance of changing to something from a health store — after finishing the 1st bottle I didn’t think they were necessary and thought the vet was just trying to have me buy extra stuff. The FIRST day that I didn’t give it to her, she went back to how she felt before. I HIGHLY recommend them. Only issue is that they have to be ordered by a vet.)

    • October 29, 2010 at 11:22 am — Reply

      Thank you very much, Mindy, for this valuable information. I am glad you shared your dog’s success with us and your variety of treatments. I hope our readers with dogs who have canine Cushing’s disease find it useful also. Again, thank you!


  14. October 11, 2010 at 10:56 am — Reply

    I have looked at many sites and have not come across a site like yours that tells everyone everything they need to know. I have added you to my bookmarks, can anyone else suggest other related topics that I can search for to find out more information?

    • October 11, 2010 at 11:36 am — Reply

      You may request additional information from us in the Question & Answer on the right side of the homepage, or send us a personal contact letter asking us for a post on a particular subject. People have done both. Right now I have two requests on the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed and the Rabies shots of Wolves….which should go up this week sometime.

  15. debbie
    September 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    just started my dog on supraglan. she was doing well on the vetoryl but it is so darned expensive. so i’m trying supraglan to save money, but if she starts showing symptoms again i will have to go back to the vetoryl.

    • valentina
      October 20, 2017 at 1:18 pm — Reply

      If you love your dog use Vetoryl .

  16. J. Belli
    July 29, 2010 at 8:30 am — Reply

    Brought printout of above info to my vet. She seemed to think it wasn’t feasible to use this treatment for both Cushing’s and Addison’s. Wants to use the Vetoryl. I’m not happy with the side of effects of the Vetoryl for my Pom who has Cushing’s. He’s 12 y/o and I don’t want to make him sicker. He is doing fine right now without any treatment. Worried about making wrong choice.

    • July 29, 2010 at 8:59 am — Reply

      Judi….is there a way you can get another opinion from another vet? Even people who go to doctors do not take just one doctor’s opinion for a major decision. If you are worried, check out another vet.

      Your little Pom is in the senior bracket and he doesn’t need any serious side effects to deal with, does he? Especially if he is not having any major issues right now. Remember….quality time for the dog instead of quantity time for you.

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  20. March 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Beth Lowell

    Looking forward to more on this product. For other alternatives to healthy and wellness maintenance, check out – algae is a superfood that helps people and pets heal naturally.

    • Kris Miller
      November 4, 2011 at 11:16 am — Reply

      Hi Nancy,
      Can you please explain your comment on algae. What if we live on a lake and our dog (7year old bichon) sometimes gets by the weeds and algae. She was just diagnosed with cushings disease. Thank you.

      • November 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm — Reply

        Kris…thank you for the comment.

        Kelp and algae are excellent sources of minerals, chlorophyll, and protein. But if you live near any body of water that is warm and shallow with blue-green algae, varying factors can cause it to develop “algae blooms.” Easy to spot, it not only turns the water green but produces a really nasty smell—similar to a thick pea soup. Algae is not dangerous, but the blue-green variety is highly toxic to dogs, humans and all animals. Some of this toxic algae also has different colors besides blue-green/green.

        Blue-green algae is prokaryotic bacteria—with chlorophyll a, phycocyanin, and phycobilins in membranes but lack true chloroplasts. Meanwhile, the eukaryotic algae has chlorophyll a, chlorophylls b, c, or d, phycoerythrins, fucoxanthins in true membrane bound chloroplasts.

  21. March 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    They are saying that dogs who use it over a week were more susceptible to getting Cushings. The longer the usage, the more likely the dog was to develop Cushings.

  22. March 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    Beth Lowell

    Not clear – is your article saying that prednisone should not be used for over a week?

  23. March 13, 2010 at 8:20 am — Reply

    My dog is going to the vet because she is starting to show symptoms – she is very old too. I am aware that this is more common in elderly dogs, however any dog could get Cushings. Does anyone have a dog with this disease and how have you dealt with it. My dog is still acting normal.

    • Jennifer
      June 6, 2010 at 6:23 am — Reply

      I have a dog who was not elderly (12 yrs)… until she developed this disease. Last summer we took her camping and when people saw her they commented on how young she looked and acted. Sorry to say, but it has taken my dog away from me. First, she had a patch of hair that did not grow back from her summer cut. Then she developed a wound on her leg that would not heal and required 30 days of antibiotics. Her hind legs became very weak, she was panting and began to drink water by the gallon. After several requests, I finally insisted the vet draw blood. That was when he found it. Literally the next day she went blind from the cataracts. Now she has to wear Depends diapers because she poops and pees on the floor, which she never did in the 12 years before. Some days she wags her tail to see me and other days she just lies there, totally oblivious to my presence. It has been heartbreaking. The only improvement I can see from the Supraglan is that her back legs are less weak, she is not panting and is drinking less water, but it is an improvement nonetheless. So, in my mind it is not a cure, but rather something to relieve some of the symptoms. Take care and God bless.

      • Judy Antipin
        July 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm — Reply

        Why did you not use one of the two proven treatments for Cushings – Lysodren or Vetoryl. I treated my Cushings dog with lysodren from 1996-1998 – totally reversed his symptoms – he was fine for next two years and died of old age.

        • May 26, 2017 at 8:48 pm — Reply

          Thank you for the added information. I am sure many will appreciate it.

      • May 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm — Reply

        Thank you for your email. It is such a heart-breaking story, and my heart goes out to you. For those who do not know much about Supraglan and Cushings, Jennifer has provided the real story what a dog owner goes through. Again, thank you to her for sharing her story with us.

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