Supraglan–A Cure for Cushing’s Disease in Dogs?
Posted on March 12, 2010 by WayCoolDogs
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
- 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.
There are many reviews of Supraglan, with mixed reviews. Some of them are available at PetWellBeing.com 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!
- Surviving Cushing’s Syndrome: A personal account by Nellie Sabin (medtopicwriter.com)
- Excessive Panting: When to Worry (vetdepot.com)
- The Vigil (timesunion.com)
- Dog Cushing Disease (vetdepot.com)
- Tumors of the Adrenal Glands (emberbranch.wordpress.com)
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