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Diseases and Symptoms: Addison's Disease

Addison's disease (hypoadrenocorticism) is caused by a lower than normal production of hormones such as cortisol and aldosterone, by the adrenal glands. 

There are two types of Addison's disease, referred to as primary and secondary Addison's disease. Primary Addison’s disease is the most common form; it may be further subdivided into typical and atypical disease.

Addison's can be a very difficult case to manage medically and we use whole food nutrients to help support the adrenal glands and the rest of the hormone system. 

There is generally a lot going on in an Addison patient.

Adrenal Dissecated–glandular therapy to give the poorly/non-functioning adrenals help with adrenal function. (Lg 3 BID, Med) 2 BID, Sm 1 BID)

Canine Adrenal Support or Drenamin (Lg–2 BID, Med–3/d, Sm–1 BID) –adrenal support to support adrenal rebuilding/repair.

Canine Whole Body Suport or Catalyn (Lg–2 BID, Med–3/d, Sm–1 BID) –general nutritional support.

Organically Bound Minerals  (Lg–3/d, Med–2/d, Sm–1/d) –source of alkaline minerals, especially potassium, sodium and calcium, all minerals that get unbalanced in Addison’s disease, contributing to weakness.

The supplements are listed in priority order. Addison’s disease generally means the adrenals have little or no functional tissue left to respond, so this dog may need long-term support with one or more of these supplements. We generally give the Adrenal, Desiccated for 6-8 weeks to give the adrenals a boost, and then back off on that, allowing the Adrenal Support or Drenamin to continue with the adrenal support and rebuilding. The Whole Body Support/Catalyn is added because of the other body effects from the lack of adrenal function.


These products do not treat or cure any health conditions. Rather the ingredients in these supplements support optimal function to the organs and tissues affected by stress, injury, and disease.

 If your dog suddenly becomes weak with severe vomiting and diarrhea, or collapses,  and you suspect your dog has Addison's disease or is having an Addison's crises contact your veterinarian immediately.

To help choose the optimal supplements for your pet, please fill out the health questionnaire.