Dr. Mercola Canine Hormone Support Products and Knowledge
By Dr. Mercola Pet Products on December 28, 2017
“The Stealth Threat Facing up to 83 Percent of Dogs – Is Your Pet’s Health a Time Bomb Waiting to Happen?”
As a ‘responsible’ new pet owner, you likely agreed to this routine veterinarian-recommended procedure. But chances are your vet didn’t warn you about its potential consequences. The good news? You can still make a difference...
About a decade ago, I had a major change of heart about how we neuter pets.
Just like most veterinarians, I spayed or neutered every one of my canine patients early in life – literally thousands of animals. Because of my strong feelings about the over-population issue that has resulted in millions of unwanted, abused and neglected pets, I would actually lose sleep over intact patients.
However, after a few years in my private practice I made a curious observation...
Many of my neutered and spayed patients began developing issues with their endocrine function and started showing signs of hormonal imbalance.
These were animals that ate biologically appropriate, fresh food diets and weren’t over-vaccinated. I couldn’t find any other explanation for their endocrine and hormonal issues.
After consulting with the world’s most respected animal endocrinologist, my worst fear became my reality. I halted my one-size-fits-all desexing practice immediately.
No longer did I insist that every puppy walking into my clinic be conventionally spayed or neutered at an early age. Now I knew the potential health consequences were simply too great. And regretfully, I had already done far too much damage to my existing patients.
Is Your Dog an Innocent Victim of These Permanently Crippling Practices?
Chances are you own a pet that’s been neutered or spayed the conventional way. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA), 83 percent of pet dogs are, and many undergo one of these procedures before 6 months of age.
That’s likely what your veterinarian recommended or it’s your local shelter’s requirement for adoption.
But here’s the stark truth about these procedures:
Once your dog is spayed or neutered, his or her organ systems will struggle for theremainder of your dog’s lifeto create and maintain a healthy balance of hormones.
I know that sounds harsh. Sadly, it is. I learned the truth about spaying and neutering the hard way at the expense of my patients’ well-being.
Spaying and neutering are the only two procedures taught in veterinarian schools for animal birth control and the vast majority of veterinarians remain entrenched in these traditional, permanently crippling practices.
Please don’t get me wrong… Iampro-sterilization.
I now use sterilization techniques that achieve the same desired end result butpreserve normal endocrine function anddon’t disable our pets.However, know I am in the minority.
The veterinary profession isn’t about to change its spay and neuter recommendations anytime soon, so, sadly, pets will continue to suffer their ill effects.
This somber truth has made me more determined than ever to find an effective way to support the endocrine function and hormonal balance of dogs everywhere.
How Early Neutering or Spaying Puts Your Dog’s Endocrine Function at Risk
Your dog’s endocrine system consists of tissues and glands that release hormones into the bloodstream. A big part of your dog’s hormonal endocrine balance comes from hormones made in the testicles (in males), the uterus and ovaries (in females).
When a female dog is spayed, both her uterus and ovaries are removed. Neutering removes a male dog’s testicles.
With either procedure, no consideration is given to the hormones produced by these organs – such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Both spaying and neutering removeallof the normal sex hormone-secreting tissues.
And here’s the problem… Just because your pet is now desexed doesn’t mean his or her body doesn’t need sex hormones.
Your dog needs a certain level of circulating sex hormones for normal biologic functioning throughout life. And they’re needed in the right proportions.
When the sex organs and their hormones are taken away from a still-developing young dog’s body, it can affect everything from the brain to the bones.
And because these sex hormones are so vital, your pet’s body struggles to get them however it can…
Without ovaries or testicles, the task of producing sex hormones falls onto your dog’s adrenal glands. They are the only tissues remaining that are capable of producing these hormones.
Over time, this takes a toll on your dog’s adrenal glands. They must do their own work plus the work of the missing organs. It's very difficult for these tiny little glands to keep up with the body's demand.
Desexing Plus These Everyday Hazards Can Create a Double Whammy for Your Pet
Sleep in a dog bed that’s been treated with flame-retardant chemicals
Drink water that’s chlorinated and fluoridated from plastic water bowls
Romp in grass at the park that’s been treated with pesticides
Eat food that’s been treated with chemicals
Eat food packaged in plastic containers
Surprisingly, these chemicals – a class of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, which include DDT, BPA, dioxin, PCBs, lead, triclosan, phthalates and arsenic –affect your dog’s hormones as does neutering and spaying.
Just like with spaying and neutering, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, orxenoestrogenscan reduce your dog’s hormone production as well as the release of hormones from the endocrine glands.
Because these endocrine disruptors mimic estrogen hormones, they can lead to an imbalance of hormones in your pet’s body.
Combining these two factors – desexing your petandeveryday exposure to potentially harmful chemicals – can create an even greater burden on your dog’s adrenal glands.
The Effects of Missing or Imbalanced Hormones on Your Dog’s Well-Being
What can happen with time, too, is the adrenal glands begin tooversecrete hormones like cortisol – the fight-or-flight hormone – and estrogen, progesterone and testosterone precursors to keep up with the body’s demand.
This can lead to a potential toxicity or hormonal imbalance in your male or female dog.
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are essential components of your dog’s endocrine system. So what can happen if your pet has too little or too much hormone production?
Bone growth and development issues
Ligament and hip issues
Immune system imbalances
A recent retrospective study analyzing the records of 90,090 patients, from 1995 to 2010, revealed asignificantimpact on immune function.
Neutered males had a greater incidence of skin and gut issues, and immune and hormonal effects.
Spayed females, compared to intact female dogs, showed a “significantly greater” risk of immune issues.
The researchers concluded that sex hormones are indeed crucial for optimal immune function in dogs.
In addition to thesephysicaleffects, there may also be behavioral effects from early spay and neuter procedures.
Studies show a higher incidence of noise phobias, fear-based behavior, aggression and unwanted sexual behaviors.
Many dogs who have been neutered or spayed may not show signs of physical, mental or behavioral issues, at least not for the first few years of their lives. But don’t assume they have escaped ill consequences…
7 Signs Your Dog’s Endocrine System May No Longer Be Coping
As your dog reaches middle age and beyond, there may be warning signs that your dog’s adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the extra demand. Your dog may be running either too low or too high in certain hormones or suffering from an imbalance.
Behavior issues like excessive fear and anxiety are often the first signs that may appear. But any of these changes can signal a potential issue:
Increased thirst and urination
Urinary incontinence, or urine leaking
Hair loss, thickened skin and hyperpigmentation
Behavior changes, including confusion and depression
Without a doubt, hormonal imbalances can affect your dog’s health, comfort and quality of life. And as you can see from this list, the effects aren’t limited to just one part of her body…
By helping to maintain a proper balance of your pet’s hormones, you support your dog’s physical health and her mental and emotional health as well.
Let me tell you what I learned from my mentor, a top animal endocrinologist, a decade ago… It changed the way I ran my practice and it turned around the health and well-being of thousands of animals. I still follow his advice today and continue to see remarkable changes in dogs’ physical health, personalities and demeanor.
Straight From Tennessee… The World’s Top Endocrinologist’s Hormone Balancing Protocol
It seems like the most logical way to balance hormones would be to use hormone replacement therapy, right?
Most traditional veterinarians have little experience or knowledge about hormone replacement.
However, functional medicine practitioners in the veterinary community, like myself, are big believers in the benefits of balancing sex hormones naturally.
Rather than usingactualhormones (which can be tricky), I like to usetheir raw materials to support hormonal balance.
I learned about this protocol from Dr. Jack Oliver at The University of Tennessee Clinical Endocrinology Service. Sadly, Dr. Oliver passed away in 2011, but for years he was my mentor – and the expert advisor who turned my practice around.
His protocol consisted of two ingredients that have been shown in studies to balance cortisol and other hormones, while lowering strong estradiol (estrogen) levels:
HMR (7-hydroxymatairesinol) lignans(from Norway Spruce) – Unlike flax lignans, the HMR plant lignan converts to enterolactone (acts as a “good” phytoestrogen) by gastrointestinal bacteria immediately upon ingestion, and is then completely and quickly absorbed from the GI tract.
Melatonin –This valuable hormone modulates other hormones and promotes healthy cortisol and estradiol (estrogen) levels. Works synergistically with lignans to support beneficial estrogen metabolism.
Early on, I discovered I had some stubborn cases of elevated estrogen levels that did not respond to Dr. Oliver’s original two supplements.
Based on my own research, I started adding inDiindoylymethane (DIM) for additional benefits.
A major active metabolite of Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), DIM is a constituent of cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. It plays many useful roles in the body, but it’s been shown to promote beneficial estrogen metabolism in both males and females.
For many of my patients, DIM, combined with HMR and Melatonin, was the missing link…
The ONLY Commercially Available Product of Its Type – My Canine Hormone Support to Help Counter the Hormonal Effects of Spaying and Neutering…
I am pleased to be able to bring you Dr. Oliver’s protocol, along with my enhancements, in myCanine Hormone Support.
Backed by solid research, this formula is recommended for:
Any age dog (male or female) who has been neutered or spayed (at any age) and has symptoms of sex hormone imbalances
Intact dogs who may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance or adrenal stress
Any dog (intact or desexed or sterilized) that has been exposed to excessive xenoestrogens or environmental contaminants
Using Dr. Oliver’s original formula with my addition of DIM, I’ve had incredible success over the years supporting healthy hormonal balances and rebalancing endocrine systems, including the adrenal glands, in my patients.
Canine Hormone Supportrepresents the results of many years of thorough research with thousands of patients. I’m especially proud of the end result of so many years of due diligence.
Made with all human-grade ingredients, myCanine Hormone Supportis the only commercially available product of its type. Nowhere else can you find this unique pre-blended formula.
Give Your Dog the Gift of Balance Today
Because of my own experiences many years ago with spaying and neutering – and seeing firsthand their devastating effects on my patients’ well-being– I feel very strongly that every desexed dog, male or female, struggling with the side effects of this permanent surgery can potentially benefit from this special protocol.
You can’t reverse what’s been done - there’s no going backwards. However, youcansupport your dog’s endocrine health from this day forward. And myCanine Hormone Supportcan help you do it.
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