Lab tests — What you need to know

Lab tests can be confusing when dealing with adrenal exhaustion. Some tests are useful. Others are not. In this article, I’d like to discuss these tests.  I have no affiliation with any of the laboratories mentioned herein. Let’s start with the fact that over 90% of SARDS dogs have elevated adrenal sex hormone steroids1. My own…

Adrenal Testing for Those Outside the USA

Veterinary practitioners outside of the US face a unique challenge when trying to treat adrenal exhaustion in dogs. They do not have access to the same types of hormone panels that we have here in the States. The first of these panels is the Endocrine and Immune Panel available from National Veterinary Diagnostic Services in…

The Inconsistencies Between SARDS and Cushing’s

In this article I’d like to address a common misconception — the idea that dogs with SARDS also have Cushing’s disease.  This is outdated information.  Furthermore, I’ll explain why promoting this idea can be dangerous. Let’s review some terminology first.   Cushing’s Disease Cushing’s disease refers to a tumor growing on the pituitary gland (near the brain)…

Protocol vs. Protocol

Sometimes I’m asked, “Caroline, how does your SARDS treatment protocol different from Dr. Plechner’s protocol?”   Before I reply, let me say that Dr. Plechner’s work was important to me, both personally and professionally. And despite some significant differences in our work, his work influenced mine.  Dr. Plechner’s work was unconventional. And because of this — rightly…

Addison’s vs. Adrenal exhaustion

Last week a general practice veterinarian asked me the following question. “Why is the daily replacement level dose of cortisol higher for SARD dogs than the physiological dose for Addison’s dogs?” This is a good question but I doubt it’s of interest to the average dog owner. Therefore, my comments are directed to the prescribing…

What’s in a Name?

Some people take issue with the way I describe the underlying hormone problem in SARD dogs. In this article I’m going to tell you why I use the phrase adrenal exhaustion. Here is a graphic representation of adrenal exhaustion. Bold text indicates areas of excess activity. Small text indicates an area of insufficient activity. Please…

Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 4

I received this note recently from the owner of a darling little dog named Milo. You can read our conversation below and you can read more about Milo’s recovery here. January 29, 2019 Hi Caroline, Our dog has been on the SARD protocol since August and regained vision in his left eye soon after the…

Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 3

In this article I’d like to discuss some finer points of adrenal activity. If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, please do. Also, please remember I am not dispensing veterinary advice. I am sharing my observations and information that my holistic veterinarian once shared with me. If you find this…

Steroids—a Dirty Word, Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1, please click here. In that article we discussed how the term “steroid” has mistakenly come to mean cortisone and prednisone. And we noted that SARD dogs routinely develop high levels of steroids internally, called sex-hormone steroids.  Here in Part 2 we’re going to address another misconception. A Quick History…