Addison’s disease in dogs

Addison’s Disease is the name given to an ‘under-active adrenal cortex’ which is the outer part of the adrenal gland.

The adrenal gland fails to produce enough natural cortisone.

The exact causes are unknown – but over-use of ‘prednisone’ or other steroid therapies or excessive vaccinations have been blamed for this problem.

Addison’s disease is irreversible but given the correct diet and associated nutrients the degeneration can be slowed considerably.

What are the adrenal glands and what do they do?

“The adrenals are small glands located just forward of the kidneys. They are so small, in fact, they were virtually ignored by early anatomists for centuries. Although small in size, they are extremely important in the overall hormonal balance of the body and its ability to maintain homeostasis.

The adrenal glands also interact with the hypothalamus and pituitary gland; the collaboration of the three glands is known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). Their joint activities help control the body’s reactions to stress, whether it is physical or psychological. They also help regulate body processes such as digestion, the immune system, and energy usage.” by Randy Kidd, DVM, PhD (Whole Dog Journal full article).

What can help with Addison’s disease in dogs?

Herbisone is a must for this problem. It helps by stimulating the pituitary gland into directing the adrenal gland to produce more natural cortisone.

 

See also Cushing’s disease in dogs >