My Toy Rat Terrier has Cushing's Disease. I'm writing all
About Cushing's Disease in Toy
This disorder is a dysfunction of the adrenal glands.
Why does this happen? It’s not really understood very well, but we do know that many of the dogs and cats develop Cushing’s because the pituitary gland is pushing the adrenal glands to do so. This accounts for about 85 to 90 percent of cases. The situation is further complicated because the pituitary gland is influenced, by the brain, and it’s entirely possible that the whole cascade of problems occurs because of
A further complication is that Cushing’s Disease may occur along with other chronic problems, almost as if it’s a further deterioration of health in a pattern of decline. For example, your dog may have had years of skin allergies, arthritis due to hip dysplasia or cruciate ligament breakdown (knee joint deterioration), and now Cushing’s Disease pops up. It seems to be a breakdown in the body’s ability to regulate inflammation and repair of the tissues (in which the adrenal glands are involved).
What to do if you think your Toy Dog has Cushing's Disease
Recognizing this problem and treatment of it requires the skill of a veterinarian. There are blood tests of various types that can be done; both for testing hormone levels and for testing the functions of the adrenal glands. I prefer to use
What I am doing to help my Toy Ratty
First of all, I no longer believe in commercial kibble and dog food, vaccinations, flea meds, etc. They are poisons to our beloved pets. I feel these things contributed to her Cushing's and skin allergies, etc...she is actually very healthy now without these poisons in her life and with the help of good nutrition and supplements. I only wish I had known about this when she was a baby and for my other dogs that have passed due to these toxic chemicals. I could go on and on about this, but will save that for another time. Reach out to me below in the comments section for resources and recommendations.
So after tons of research, this is what I did for her to get her back on the road to being the energetic, healthy, fun-loving Toy Rat Terrier that she should be:
Give her Colostrum 2x's daily (20+ minutes before breakfast and right before bed, at least 2 hours after dinner)
Give her 1mg of Melatonin 2x's daily (usually mixed in with the colostrum or AM/PM)
How this works for her
Raw food contains more vitamins and minerals than cooked food, because cooking destroys many nutrients. Most of the foods available commercially are very thoroughly cooked, and none of these are nutritionally equivalent to raw food. You need to feed uncooked food as much as possible. The difference in many animals given a raw food diet, after eating processed foods most of their lives, is nothing short of amazing! Since I'm not a great cook and short on time, I feed my Toy Ratty freeze-dried raw food. It's super convenient and great for traveling. To hydrate it, I use a little beef bone broth which is a mineral-rich source of nourishment.
A lot of our dog's health issues (and ours) comes from a bad gastrointestinal tract or leaky gut. Mostly from commercial dog food and other toxins. The Colostrum repairs leaky gut and boosts the immune system.
This is great for stressed out dogs, but
I hope you find all of this information helpful for your Toy Breed Dog.