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Cushings Treatment Testimonials

This page contains testimonials from people who have tried natural and conventional Cushing’s treatment options. Here you can read about real life experiences with medical and holistic Cushing’s treatments for dogs diagnosed with Hyperadrenocorticism.
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Richard from VA wrote, “My Jack Russell, Riley, was diagnosed with Cushings last year. Our vet recommended blood work to check his liver functions and I received the results yesterday. His numbers were back to the normal range and she said whatever I was doing, to keep it up. The “cocktail” has been flaxseed lignans, milk thistle and melatonin.”

A Cushing’s Chihuahua Owner wrote on our blog, “We adopted a neglected dog in very poor health, her primary issue being Cushing’s. It was touch and go as to her prognosis. She had a growth on her adrenal gland and liver and pancreas issues. She’s been on melatonin, lignans (both HMR and flaxseed), as well as a Chinese medicine supplement (Ophiopogon) from our holistic vet. She also receives SAM-E and milk thistle, along with other supplements such as enzymes to help her absorb the nutrients from her food, probiotics, fish oil, mushrooms for immunity, etc. It’s been a year and she has responded wonderfully. Her pot belly (which was very prominent) is gone, her drinking/urinating has greatly reduced, and her coat is starting to finally show signs of improvement though she still has skin issues. She is also on raw organic freeze dried food, which provides important nutritional support. I’m a big believer in natural medicine and just so happy to see her thriving using these treatments and knowing we didn’t have to resort to the “conventional” approach, which is extremely hard on dogs. Thankful for holistic vets and resources like this site that allowed us to give her a good quality of life.”

Marie wrote, “I have a 5.5 lbs Maltese who is 16 yrs old. Been on Vetoryl for 3 mos. Has had 2 ACTH tests and gotten very good results. Her drinking and excess peeing has stopped. Her hair seems to be getting thicker. She is really like a younger dog now. Glad I started the meds….was really scared of them but a Facebook group helped with information about this awful disease.”

Joanne B wrote, “I use melatonin and lignans for my dog Max’s battle with Cushings and Diabetes. He was diagnosed 4 years ago and at age 13, he is doing quite well with this treatment.”

Carol N wrote, “I take my Cushings dog to see a chiropractor, who does frequency specific microcurrent and he is symptom free. Prior to treatment he had horrible ear discharge and was listless. He has been doing treatments for close to one year and is a new doggie!”

Monica K wrote, “HMR Lignans, Melatonin, and Cushex all together work well! My fur baby has a very large tumour on her adrenals! Worse they have seen. She’s still thirsty but doing well in every other way!”

Barbara A wrote, “I gave my Sara lignans and melatonin every day, and denamarin to protect her liver from other prescribed medications. She survived 2 years beyond her diagnosis…fairly well.”

Ardyce L wrote, “We feel fortunate to have found HMR Lignans and the proper strength of Melatonin for treating our diabetic dog who also has Cushings disease.”

Mark U wrote, “My dog Daisy’s fur was getting thinner and each day she was getting worse. She was diagnosed with Cushings Disease and the recommended treatment was surgery or expensive ongoing medications. A friend suggested sprinkling pure powdered fruit and vegetables on her food and we started seeing improvements. Now Daisy is healthy and happy with a silky fur coat.”

Barb M wrote, “HMR Lignans have made a difference in my terrier with Cushings. His appetite is better, his hot spots have cleared up, and he sleeps better. I also give him 2 melatonin before bed and a homeopathy product called Cushex Drops.”

Shirley G wrote that Trilostane has been working for her dog with Cushings.

Jan wrote: “I currently have my Shih-Tzu on K9 Choice Melatonin 3mg 2x daily and HMR Lignans 20mg 1x daily. While I’ve seen quite a positive change in my 8 year old, such as energy, alertness, no excessive panting or snoring and weight loss, he still acts famished and downs his food in a matter of seconds. His water consumption is still somewhat more than pre-Cushings, but less than it has been post-Cushings. I had started him out on Vetoryl but after just 6 months there wasn’t any notable difference and he started having negative effects, so I switched him to the Melatonin and Lignans about 3 months ago. I also stopped grains and dry kibble and plan on putting him on a raw diet once we have cortisol levels checked.”

Monica wrote: “My dog has Cushings. She had 2 seizures from the medication vetoryl and it left her blind. That was 1 month ago. Her sight returned but she still had the excessive thirst, peeing, appetite and anxiety. I refuse to use vetoryl ever again. She’s now on melatonin , hmr lignans, homeopathics, and some herbs. It’s a work in progress. Some days are easier than others. It’s a horrible disease.”

Lori E wrote, “I use Pet Wellbeings Adrenal Harmony Gold for my dog with Cushing’s.”

Stefanie P wrote, “Melatonin works for us too! But beware of Melatonin that contains Xylitol.”

Dianne V wrote, “My Maltese with Cushings Disease is going to be 16 yrs old & Lignans have helped her.”

Lisa F wrote, “My dog has Atypical Cushings after treatment for Auto Immune Anemia. To avoid the Lysodren my vet wanted to treat him with, I tried Melatonin, HMR lignans and Phosphatidyl Serine. His hair grew back much thicker and his skin bumps went away. He started flopping himself down oddly onto his paws with his legs askew, so I reduced the Melatonin and removed the HMR lignans. He stopped plunking himself down and lying oddly, but his skin bumps returned, he lost fur around his arms and lower legs, and some panting and restlessness at night reoccurred, so I am adding the HMR lignans again and going back to his normal dose of phosphatidyl serine (100mg) and daily fish oil. I am upping his HMR lignan dose this time but trying to keep the melatonin dose on the low side – I may need to adjust in a few weeks or so. I also give him a liver supplement with milk thistle. His stomach has given him problems since the Prednisone and topical treatment for the Anemia; I give him a formula with slippery elm for that. I am hoping the Atypical Cushings symptoms will eventually subside with natural treatment and that I’ll be able to reduce supplements to a maintenance dose. The Melatonin and HMR Lignans have definitely kept my dog from the harsh Lysodren effects, the stress from having to watch him so closely under the Lysodren, and the added expense. I wish my vet would research and work with me more on the natural treatment since it originated from research at a vet hospital.”

Diana S wrote “I give my dog with Cushing’s signs phosphatidylserine (1-100 mg capsule), hemp oil (10-12 drops), hmr lignans, a thyroid pill, and melatonin all twice a day. I do think this helps a lot.”

Anthony T wrote: “I have personally seen an improvement in my dog’s blood test results after using lignans.”

Kasia B wrote: “Trilostane works for my 8 year old chihuahua. 1 year on it since diagnosis. Hope it stays that way for more years.”

Lindsay H wrote: “I tried Veteroyl for my 15 year old pointer mix with Cushings and I won’t use it again. I tried lignans and melatonin and saw good signs after 3 weeks. Now, 3 and a half months in, the pot belly is gone, urinary tract issues are gone, and my dog is back to his normal self. He’s not losing any hair either.”

Roberta S wrote: “My dog is on HMR lignans and now his coat is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never seen it look so good.”

Clare G wrote: “I tried lignans because they are recommended by the University of Tennessee. My dog’s fur started growing back and nobody can believe how good it looks. He has a rare case of Atypical Cushings. His skin was dry too and now it’s looking so much better.”

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