Hi - My beloved Bear (a Great Pyrenees) was diagnosed with Addison's disease at the age of 2 1/2 years. I began the treatment of Percorton and prednisone. However, low doses of prednisone did not help him and higher doses made him feel awful, I was afraid I was going to have to put him down. I searched the internet for days and read that people with addition's benefited from taking DHEA (an over the counter, cheap supplement). So I began reducing Bear's prednisone and giving him instead DHEA. He immediately got better and better to where I quit giving him prednisone and continued the DHEA. I also salted his food everyday. He lived several more years. It was a blessing as I adored my sweet Bear.
My dog is in the midst of being diagnosed. He has the symptoms an d the vet agrees it is Addisons but we are running more tests. I tried the licorice and I notice he feels better. Food stays down and no more diarrhea. The online sources I consulted said no more than two weeks without supplementing for sodium retention. Again You have to get the regular licorice not the deglycerized one which will not work for Addison dogs. I only used this for two weeks as suggested and I saw a big difference in my little guy.
I self-diagnosed my very I'll JRT due to finances. She had multiple, severe attacks each day. I have (so far) had two weeks of success by administering LICORICE (regular / NOT "DGL"). I gave her divided doses 5-6 times per day ( total approx. 700 MG's).Now, I have reduced to (total 500 MG's) divided 3 times per day. So far, no attacks and back to energetic, playful little girl. I recommend checking with your holistic vet prior to treatment as I am not a professional. I am simply writing about my personal success and the chance I had to take to help her.
I am working with a Kinesiologist (muscle testing) for my dog. I have not used any of the traditional veterinary suppressants for Addison's. I have been treating her for the past year, but I cannot give dosages as it changes with her health. We have been using (all human grade) a Standard Process product called drenamin, milk thistle, alfalfa, dandelion powder to name a few. There is a product by Pets Alive that is a liver and immune support that helps some, but does not help with all the symptoms. I have also taken her off regular food and have put her on EVO (low carb dry food) and Sojo's freeze dried vegetable based food. It seems as if carbohydrates/sugar is extremely bad for the adrenals.