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The Endocrine System

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The endocrine system of a dog or a cat consists of several glands and organs that produce hormones. A hormone is a substance or chemical that when released, pass through the bloodstream and affect other organs in the body. Hormones are essential for growth and development, digestive processes and use food. The endocrine glands include the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal glands and the pancreas, liver, kidneys, ovaries and testes. The pituitary gland controls the entire hormonal system. These hormones are responsible for regulating, coordinating and controlling stress responses, sexual activity and blood sugar levels. If there are imbalances in the endocrine glands and their hormones do not function effectively, the overall health of your dog or cat would be severely affected.

Common diseases of the endocrine system include: * Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocorticism) * Cushing’s disease (Hyperadrenocorticism) * Hyperthyroidism * Hypothyroidism * hypoparathyroidism * Hyperparathyroidism * Diabetes * Diagnostics of endocrine disorders Pancreatitis Diagnosis of endocrine diseases and hormonal imbalance in cats and dogs are based on the symptoms, a thorough physical exam and a review medical history of your pet. Certain diagnostic tests such as blood tests to measure the various hormones in the blood, stimulating tests, tests of serum biochemistry, complete blood count (CBC) and urinalysis can be performed to confirm the diagnosis. In addition, radiography, exploratory CT, MRI, radioisotope fine needle aspirations, and biopsies can also be performed to confirm the diagnosis of endocrine disease. Help endocrine therapy depends on the type of endocrine disease, the cause and the overall health of the pet. There are several medications that are usually prescribed and in more severe cases, the surgical procedures can be performed to remove the gland or organ. Most require endocrine therapy but if diagnosed early, the animals can continue to live a normal life.

The natural remedies. The safe and effective, and help support overall health and wellness. The carefully selected herbs and homeopathic ingredients such as Chamomilla, Lycopus, Zingiber, and Nux vom Cratageous responsible for maintaining body temperature, metabolism, fertility, and growth. In addition, herbs such as Huang Qi, Kelp, Siberian Ginseng and Urtica urens also help soothe and improve the thyroid and the symptoms associated with thyroid and hormonal imbalance vague in dogs and cats.