the summer of 2003 Fraser began to lose hair on his body, particularly
on his tail and began to drink an unusual amount of water, and
consequently urinate more.
When taken to the vet Fraser was diagnosed as having Hyperadreno-corticism
(Cushing's Disease). The vet offered two choices:
- let him live out the rest of his 1-3 years of life expectancy,
although the disease will eventually cause failure of the kidneys
and liver (painful death)
- treat him for 7-10 days with a prescription which literally
kills off a portion of his adrenal gland (requiring constant
sl_1pervision to check for the onset of side effects such as
nausea - also painful)
We chose to follow an alternate regime.
Each day Fraser receives the following USANA supplements, divided
into 2 "dosages":
1 BIO 3
plus 2500 mg of Chlorella
Milk thistle is also given in 2 week intervals.
The supplements are buried in his canned food in
the morning and his raw food in the evening. I do not break or
crush the pills. He just gobbles them up. Fraser's hair on his
body still is thinner than before and the hair on his tail is
sparse but his thirst and urination are now normal. We believe
he is as healthy as a dog his age and breeding can be expected
to be, for which we are grateful.