Standard Process Canine and Feline Adrenal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine Adrenal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine Adrenal Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Stress. We all know what that word means. Some of us live with stress and anxiety every day.  It’s a significant factor in our daily quality of life.  How we deal with stress can affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  The same is true for our pets. How our pets respond to stress, plays a significant role in their health.

The adrenal glands are designed to help both ours and our pets with stress.  They are primitive yet vital organs that help us survive periods of stress such as food scarcity or being chased by a predator.  We often hear the term “fight or flight” tossed around when we think about this response to stress.

For all sorts of reasons, this adaptation of stress hormones can become imbalanced. I would estimate that 25-45% of my patients have an imbalance of their stress response and adrenal dysfunction.  The adrenal system may be overactive or underactive.  Sometimes, these shifts in adrenal hormones are labeled as “Cushing’s Syndrome” (Hyperadrenocortisism) or “Addison’s Disease” (Hypoadrenocortisism). I will be showing a whole spectrum of adrenal disorders not just ones that have a name and page in a veterinary textbook.

For more information about a more complete protocol for approaching stress and anxiety, click here. In this article we are going to go over the Standard Process Adrenal Support Supplement and how it benefits your pet’s health.

We will briefly review causes of stress in our pets, external signs of stress in our furry family members, as well as the signs of an unbalanced stress response.  I will also touch on some breeds that may be at higher risk of adrenal disease and some health conditions that lead to a higher risk of adrenal dysfunction.

What Causes Stress in Pets? 

Causes of stress in our pets are different for every individual pet. Basically, anything can be stressful, it all depends on your pet’s perception of the situation.

Common Causes of Stress in Pets
  • canine adrenal supportPast trauma, PTSD
  • Loud or unfamiliar sounds
  • Weird odors
  • Uncertainty of routine
  • Abuse
  • New People
  • Doorbells, Thunderstorms, Fireworks
  • Abandonment
  • Moving / Transport
  • Negative Punishment
  • Insecure or unsafe environment
  • Competition for food or attention
  • Screaming / Yelling
  • Loss of another pet
  • Changes in family structure
  • New pets
  • Bullying / Fighting
  • Threat of attack
  • Inconsistent availability of food and water
Common Signs of Stress in Pets
  • Panting
  • Shaking
  • Urination
  • Vocalizations (whining and moaning)
  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Hiding
  • Tucked tail
  • Large eyes
  • Freezing / Standing very still
  • Raised hackles
  • Excessive shedding
  • Running away
  • Irritability
  • Marking with urine and feces
  • Repetitive licking or yawning
  • Pacing
Common Signs of Unbalanced Adrenal Response
  • canine adrenal supportThinning hair
  • Pigmentation of skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight gain
  • Jumpiness
  • Irritability
  • Itchiness
  • Excessive water drinking
  • Distended / bloated belly
  • Muscle loss
  • Hair loss
  • Changes in appetite
Breeds at Higher Risk of Developing Adrenal Disease
  • Dachshund
  • Bichon Frise
  • Yorkshire Terrier and other types of terriers
  • Chihuahuas
  • Bulldogs and other bully breeds
  • Poodles
  • Australian Shepherds and other herding breeds
  • German Shepherds
Health Conditions That Lead to a Higher Risk of Adrenal Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Early spay / neuter
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Heart Problems
  • Dementia
  • Arthritis
  • Declawing in Cats
  • Trauma / injury / surgery
  • Cancer
  • Poor digestion
  • Seizures
Standard Process Canine Adrenal Support Suggested Uses:
  • canine adrenal supportCushing’s Syndrome
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Inappropriate urination and defecation
  • Post-operatively
  • Rescue, foster, shelter, rehoming
  • Use of steroids and other medications
  • Boarding facility
  • Fighting / tense relationships
  • Hypothyroidism

In practice, when I meet a pet that shows signs of adrenal disease, I prefer to first attempt to heal the adrenal system  before I jump to chemical drugs that artificially modify the sensitive stress response system. We see a better balancing response if we address the underlying cause, not just manipulate the body with drugs. So, in new patients I go straight to Standard Process Canine Adrenal Support and re-evaluate in 30-60 days. However, if a pet is already on a prescription treatment such as trilostane, mitotane or systemic steroids, I do not begin with discontinuation of the medication.  I recommend that the pet parents continue the prescrition as advised by their attending veterinarian.  These supplements can be added to your pet’s therapeutic regimen and their condition re-evaluated by your veterinarian.

Please do not alter or discontinue medications without the evaluation and approval of a veterinarian.  Sudden changes can stimulate severe illness for your pet.

Now that we know a bit more about the adrenal balance system, lets look at how Standard Process Canine Adrenal Support specifically stimulates the health of your dog.

Ingredients: Bovine liver, bovine adrenal PMG™ extract, black currant juice, organic dried alfalfa (aerial parts) juice, porcine duodenum, defatted wheat (germ), eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), nutritional yeast, carrot (root), wheat (germ) oil, organic shiitake mushroom powder, organic reishi mushroom powder, veal bone PMG™ extract, bovine adrenal Cytosol™ extract, organic dried pea (vine) juice, rice (bran), bovine adrenal, bovine kidney, organic dried buckwheat (aerial parts) juice, organic buckwheat (seed), sea salt, oat flour, bovine orchic extract, bovine pituitary PMG™ extract, bovine thyroid PMG™ extract (processed to substantially remove its thyroxine), sunflower lecithin, chlorophyll extract, kelp, and manganese glycerophosphate.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Adrenal Support


Bovine Liver Improves detoxification pathways, optimizes systemic hormone metabolism and breakdown, contains needed supply of iron, magnesium and phosphorus.  High in vitamin A, vitamin B-complex and antioxidants.
Bovine Adrenal PMG™ Extract Improves micronutrient environment for the adrenal glands, provides exact proteins and minerals needed to heal the adrenal glands, provides whole vitamin C complexes, improves efficiency of cellular energy production, balances stress hormones, neutralizes potential autoimmune destruction.
Black Currant Juice Huge supply of antioxidants, reduces systemic inflammation, dense source of whole vitamin C complex, enhances immune function, antibacterial and antiviral.
Alfalfa Juice Important minerals and fat-soluble vitamins help to balance the blood sugar while the adrenal glands heal. Serves as an excellent source of whole vitamin C complex.
Porcine Duodenum Improves health of the small intestine, especially the junction between the stomach and small intestine.  Contributes hormone communications, such as secretin, which protects the mucous membranes of the small intestine and balances GI pH.
Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng) Helps reduce oxygen free radicals, decreases inflammation in multiple parts of your pets body. Improves energy production, boosts the immune system and balances stress hormones.
Defatted Wheat Germ Packed with nutrition – the fat portion is removed which can compromise product freshness and shelf-life. Acts as powerful antioxidant, is dense in vitamin E, balances blood sugar which is extremely important for adrenal gland health and repair.  Also contains selenium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium. Protects the remaining muscle from further atrophy, helps to balance blood pressure and provides vitamin B-complex.
Mushroom Superfood for adrenals and immune system.  Packed with antioxidants, provides whole vitamin C-complex, speeds healing, protects delicate tissues like gland cells and kidneys. Boosts the immune system which suffers when stress hormones are high.
Nutritional Yeast Provides whole vitamin B-complex, which is important for energy production in situations like adrenal chronic fatigue.  Source of important minerals necessary for adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla.  These minerals are also important because adrenal exhaustion causes the loss of some calming minerals, like magnesium.
Carrot Provides vitamin A in a natural, absorbable form. Contains multiple antioxidants which heal multiple body tissues.
Wheat Germ Oil Extremely rich source of vitamin E, promotes a stable metabolism, protects healthy tissue near tissue damage locations.
Veal Bone PMG™ Extract Supports bone marrow health, improves production of red and white blood cells, assists in production of proteins which can stabilize blood pressure through the adrenal glands and kidneys. Helps power a strong heart and infection fighting white blood cells called neutrophils.  In this way, it can help eliminate bloody infections and prevent secondary infection.
Buckwheat left juice and seed Source of valuable vitamins and minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, selenium and vitamin B-complex.
Bovine Adrenal Cytosol™ Extract Helps to heal the adrenal glands, provides whole vitamin C-complex, improves efficiency of cellular energy production, balances stress hormone production.
Pea Vine Juice One of the densest sources of vitamin E in the world. Naturally anti-inflammatory, especially in your pets arteries, veins, and capillaries.
Rice Bran Source of whole B vitamin complex which is usually in a state of deficiency after chronic adrenal disease. Supports cellular energy production, stabilizes blood pressure and contributes vitamins E and other antioxidants.
Bovine Adrenal Provides the exact proteins, electrolytes, and enzymes needed to heal the adrenal gland.  Provides another source of vitamin C-complex, improves energy production and may provide small amounts of hormones to help your pets body during adrenal gland repair.
Bovine Kidney Packed with easy to digest proteins and improves detoxification of the body.
Sea Salt Helps balance cortisol levels, cortisol is one of the main adrenal hormones which contributes to weakness and disease. Helpful for detoxification. Replaces electrolytes such as sodium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.  Some sources may also contain iron and sulfur.
Oat flour Source of natural vitamin A-complex, protects blood vessels and other delicate tissues from damage by oxygen free radicals.  Supports healthy digestion and blood sugar balance with both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Bovine Orchic Extract Extremely important for adrenal disease because it is an excellent source of magnesium – an element which is lost through the urine in times of stress.
Allantion Helps promote cellular formation and regeneration in organ systems and fetuses.
Bovine Pituitary PMG™ Extract Supports communications among all of the hormone producing cells around the body, improves secretion of insulin to balance blood sugar.
Bovine Thyroid PMG™ Extract Helps repair the thyroid gland – which suffers when the adrenal hormones are out of balance. Balances metabolism, could increase thyroid hormone production and cycling.  Neutralizes potential autoimmune component.
Sunflower Lecithin Contributes Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). Balances communications of nerves, modifies cholesterol which is necessary for stress hormone production.  Can improve digestion as well as protects multiple cellular membranes.
Chlorophyll Extract Supports and stimulates detoxification pathways. Source of vitamin K, improves damaged tissue healing. Promotes cellular regeneration.
Kelp Provides natural iodine which is necessary for thyroid hormone creation, helps balance blood sugar and reduces systemic inflammation.
Manganese Glycerphosphate Improves strength of remaining muscles and helps develop new muscle. Helps balance blood sugar.
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
Size Product ID# Price
25g A1100 $20.35
100g A1150 $68.75
How do I order Standard Process Supplements? 

Ordering Standard Process supplements online is simple and secure. Dr. Candy Akers has an authorized premier practitioner account.  You can buy all of your favorite products online, with no exam, consultation or approval required. Check out the store below and be sure to bookmark the page so you can come back anytime!

Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Dr. Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable. In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“Canine Adrenal Support is a combination of whole food, tissue extracts and concentrates that provide multidimensional tissue support for the adrenal glands. It is safe for dogs as well as cats and works to alleviate anxiety and stress. This multidimensional support allows this product to have a broad range of applications in the patient. These applications range from the obvious of nutritionally supporting diseased adrenal glands to the less obvious of supporting the adrenal glands during times of increased metabolic need and stress. Increased metabolic need refers to situations such as when increased sympathetic tone is ongoing in patients with mitral insufficiency. In addition, patients receiving glucocorticoid therapy are clinically easier to manage and appear to have fewer negative side effects from the glucocorticoids. Nutritional management with a product of this type, means that this product can be used both for conditions of hyper-function and hypo-function. The adrenal gland is not stimulated or suppressed with this type of support. Rather, the focus is on normalizing the cell function. This normalization of cellular function fundamentally addresses this range of disorders. This is an important concept that significantly adds to the versatility of this product.

The adrenal glands help the body adapt to stress through the release of corticosteroids and hormones. The adrenal glands can become fatigued due to chronic stress, either internal or external, and this can affect many body systems. The organs of the body all work together, and when one organ is stressed, others are affected. That’s why targeted nutrition that supports many organs can be so beneficial to your pet.

The ingredients in Standard Process Canine Adrenal Support feed several important organs such as the: adrenal glands, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, autonomic nervous system, liver, kidney, and small Intestine. Each ingredient in Canine Adrenal Support contains whole vitamin complexes in addition to other important phytonutrients and synergists.”

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Your pet's health can improve dramatically with individually selected whole food supplements.

Holistically treated pets live healthier happier lives.

The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.


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