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 – 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 that intact patients rarely did.
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, I realized what I was doing was causing long-term problems for my patients. 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.
Regretfully, I had already done far too much damage to my existing patients. But I was determined that I wouldn’t stop until I found a solution to help repair the damage.
Could Your Dog Be Suffering From the Effects 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% of pet dogs are, and many undergo one of these procedures before six 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 organ systems will struggle for the remainder of his life to create and maintain a healthy balance of hormones.
I know that sounds harsh. Sadly, it’s true. 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… I am pro-sterilization.
I now use sterilization techniques that achieve the same end result as traditional spaying and neutering but preserve normal endocrine function and don’t disable our pets. However, I 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 the 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) or 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 remove all of the normal sex hormone-secreting tissues.
And that creates a 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, healthy 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 of regulating metabolism, blood pressure, stress response and the immune system 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 Exposure to Everyday Hazards Can Create a Double Whammy for Your Pet
We live in a toxic, polluted world, and that’s especially so for your dog. He or she may:
- 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.
Unfortunately, the most concerning of these everyday chemicals – a class of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors which includes DDT, BPA, dioxin, PCBs, lead, triclosan, phthalates and arsenic – can interfere with your dog’s hormones in much the same way as neutering and spaying..
Just like with spaying and neutering, these endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or xenoestrogens, can inhibit 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, whether your dog is female or male.
The combination of these two factors – desexing your pet and everyday 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 over time is that the pressure on the adrenal glands can cause them to over secrete 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?
She can experience a number of issues that affect her quality of life and even her length of life. A few of the potential effects include:
- Adrenal issues
- Bone growth and development issues
- Ligament and hip issues
- Urinary issues
- Immune system imbalances
- Shortened lifespan
A recent retrospective study analyzing the records of 90,090 patients from 1995 to 2010 revealed that spaying and neutering cause a significant impact on immune function.
Spayed females, compared to intact females, showed a “significantly greater” risk of immune issues.
Neutered males fare even worse, experiencing a greater incidence of skin and gut issues, as well as immune and hormonal effects.
The researchers concluded that sex hormones are indeed crucial for optimal immune function in dogs.
In addition to these physical effects, early spay and neuter procedures may also lead to undesirable behavioral consequences.
Studies show a higher incidence of noise phobias, fear-based behavior, aggression and unwanted sexual behaviors in dogs who have been spayed or neutered.
Many dogs who have undergone this traditional procedure may not show signs of physical, mental or behavioral issues, at least not for the first few years of their lives. But that doesn’t mean 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, she may begin to show warning signs that her adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the extra demand. At that point, 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 the following 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
- Agitation, aggressiveness
- Weight gain
Without a doubt, hormonal imbalances can have significant effects on 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 his mental and emotional health as well. You help improve his quality of life so you can spend many happy, active years together.
Let me share with you what I learned from my mentor, a top animal endocrinologist…
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.
The Hormone Balancing Protocol Your Dog Needs – Developed by the World’s Leading Endocrinologist
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. And it can be challenging to get the levels right for each individual dog.
However, functional medicine practitioners in the veterinary community, like myself, are big believers in the benefits of balancing sex hormones naturally.
Rather than using actual hormones (which can be tricky), I like to use their 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 in canines while lowering strong estradiol (estrogen) levels:
- HMR (7-hydroxymatairesinol) lignans (from Norway Spruce) – Unlike flax lignans, the HMR plant lignan is converted to enterolactone (which acts as a “good” phytoestrogen) by a dog’s 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. It 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 in Diindoylymethane (DIM) for additional benefits.
A beneficial phytonutrient, DIM is a major active metabolite of Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
It plays many useful roles in your dog’s body, and 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 that restored their hormonal health and wellness.
The Only Commercially Available Product of Its Type – Canine Hormone Support to Help Counter the Effects of Spaying and Neutering, and Adrenal Stress
I am pleased to be able to bring you Dr. Oliver’s protocol, along with my enhancements, in Canine 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 canine patients.
Canine Hormone Support represents the results of many years of thorough research with thousands of patients. I’m especially proud to be able to offer you and your dog the end result of so many years of diligent research and effort.
Made with all human-grade ingredients, Canine Hormone Support is the only commercially available product of its type. Nowhere else can you find this unique pre-blended formula.
Give Your Dog the Gift of Hormonal 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.
Intact dogs struggling with excessive stress or toxic load in their environment can also potentially benefit from the support this highly-researched formula provides for healthy hormonal function.
Life comes with challenges for animals just as it does for their people. Fortunately, there is a way to help support your dog when she deals with challenges stemming from desexing surgery, increased stress and environmental contaminants.
You can’t reverse what’s been done - there’s no going backwards. And you can’t always avoid the stress and contaminants in your dog’s environment. However, you can support your dog’s endocrine health going forward. And Canine Hormone Support can help you do it.
Help get your pet on the path to balance today, and order Canine Hormone Support today.