Last February my sister in Minneapolis asked me to treat their beloved dog, Snickers, for Cushing’s disease, since the standard veterinary treatment was prohibitively expensive and had unpleasant side affects. Cushing’s disease, which strikes animals as well as people, is caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland or the adrenal gland. It stimulates an overproduction of corticosteroids in the body; the first outward symptoms are increased thirst and increased urination. For a dog of working owners cooped up in the house all day, this was a big problem.
I obtained aqueous propolis solution from Glenn Perry and followed his protocol. Because Snickers weighed about 70 pounds, she received one teaspoon of propolis three times a day, as close to eight hours apart as possible for three months. Within a week, she was symptom-free. Her energy level improved, and her water consumption and urination returned to normal. A bonus result was that hundreds of what the vet called “doggie warts” literally fell off her body. Because she was an elderly dog and quite sedentary, she developed a mild bladder infection some months later. However, when the vet checked her urine and blood, there was no sign of Cushing’s disease.
As a footnote, Snickers recently died peacefully of old age after enjoying the summer.
- Kate McWiggins
January 07, 2009