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

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

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

Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most commonly diagnosed hormonal imbalances in veterinary medicine. Over the past 20 years, vets have discovered multiple important factors that impact thyroid health. Just a few of them are: autoimmune components, environmental toxicity, suppression due to other diseases and even training techniques. We also suspect that there is a large variable from diet and gut bacteria health. 

I believe that one of the two most challenging aspects of thyroid disease is its gradual onset. Thyroid hormone changes often occur very slowly over time as your pet ages. So after many months or even years a family may find that they have an obese older dog with very low energy and excessive shedding. And they are like, “how did this happen?”. Or perhaps the family notices that their older cat is very skinny, has saggy skin and seems weaker when jumping.

The other difficult aspect of thyroid disease in dogs is conventional veterinary medicine’s answer to medicate with large doses of artificial hormones. When these artificial drugs are used, the thyroid gland receives the signal that hormone levels are adequate and the gland further shuts down to decrease production. In my experience, we get better health when we support the thyroid gland to heal and balance. 

If a pet has not yet started artificial hormones we can often get resolution of symptoms and a more balanced measurement of hormone activity by just adding this one whole-food supplement. In pets that have received medications for 1-3 months, we can usually decrease their need for artificial hormone replacement by 75%, and in pets that have been on meds for a longer period of time, we can usually support whole body health and reduce the need for medication by up to 50% of the dose.

Thyroid hormones are vitally important and play a role in whole-body metabolism, tissue growth, immune system and many more. Canine thyroid support made by Standard Process has been used extensively to improve overall health in our pets. I use it for both cats and dogs in my practice, and even use it for one of my own dogs. I love showing people how to use this supplement and how to see incredible results in just a few months.

Below I am going to go over a few important details of your pet’s health to make note of, and then I will show you why Standard Process Canine Thyroid Support is my go-to in almost all cases of thyroid disease.

If you are looking for the human supplements including, Thyrophin PMG and Thymex, they are located HERE.

The thyroid hormones are vitally important and have a role in whole-body metabolism, tissue growth, digestion, immune system regulation, and many more.

In dogs we commonly see Hypothyroidism. This means that your dog’s thyroid levels are too low. It is usually detected around middle age.

Common Signs of Hypothyroidism in Dogs:
  • Weight gain
  • Low energy
  • Lethargy
  • Slow heart rate
  • Dry skin and coat
  • Excessive shedding
  • Cold paws
  • Poor circulation

In cats, the disease we see most commonly is Hyperthyroidism. This means that your cat’s thyroid levels are too high. It is usually detected in senior cats.

Common Signs of Hyperthyroidism in Cats:
  • Weight loss
  • Ravenous appetite
  • Intermittent vomiting and diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Increased water intake
  • Poor coat quality
  • Increased yowling
Standard Process Canine Thyroid Support Suggested Uses:
  • ThyroidGeneral thyroid support
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Constipation
  • Unexplained Itching
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Adrenal disfunction

Ingredients: Eleutherococcus senticosus, bovine liver, bovine orchic extract, bovine adrenal, bovine thyroid PMG™ extract (processed to remove its thyroxine), Tillandsia usneoides, mushroom, buckwheat leaf juice and seed, calcium lactate, Perna canaliculus, carrot, bovine adrenal PMG™ extract, sunflower lecithin, porcine ovary PMG™ extract, kelp, wheat germ oil, rice bran, bone meal, pea vine juice, defatted wheat germ, alfalfa juice, bovine heart PMG™ extract, porcine duodenum, para-aminobenzoate, oat flour, ribonucleic acid, porcine brain, calcium glycerophosphate, and ascorbic acid.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Thyroid Support

Eleutherococcus senticosus Reduce oxygen free radicals, decrease inflammation, improve cell machinery function, increases the immune system, and balances stress hormones
Bovine Liver Boosts the health of liver cells, improves detoxification, and provides vitamin A complex
Bovine Orchic Extract Improves absorption and distribution of vitamins
Bovine Adrenal Provides whole vitamin C complexes, and improves efficiency of cellular energy production
Bovine Thyroid PMG Extract Supplies exact proteins and compounds to heal thyroid tissue, and neutralizes potential auto-immune components
Tillandsia Usneoides Balances blood sugar, anti-bacterial, anti-viral
Mushroom Powder Antioxidant, immune system support, provides whole vitamin C complexes, proven medicinal properties in TCM
Buckwheat Leaf Juice Extremely dense supply of vitamin E, reduction/reduced inflammation, protects arteries, veins and capillaries
Calcium Lactate Bioavailable source for calcium, improves immune system, prevents secondary infections
Flaxseed Oil Provides Omega 3’s to reduce inflammation naturally, balances previous poor nutrition
Bovine Adrenal PMG Provides whole vitamin C complexes, improves efficiency of cellular energy production, balances adrenal glands and stress hormones
Soybean Lecithin Balances nervous system signals, balances thyroid and immune systems
Kelp Good source of iodine necessary for thyroid hormone production, dense trace minerals
Wheat Germ Oil Concentrated source of vitamin E complex, reduces inflammation, improves heart tissue
Rice Bran Provides whole vitamin B complex, important for energy production
Bone Meal Provides calcium and phosphorus, supplies important components for connective tissue repair
Pea Vine Juice Anti-inflammatory in heart and blood vessels, dense source of whole vitamin E complex
Defatted Wheat Germ Provides minerals, acts as antioxidant
Alfalfa Juice Packed with protein and calcium, anti-inflammatory
Porcine Duodenum Improves digestion, decreases pancreas inflammation
Canine Thyroid Support Complementary Supplements:
Important Mineral Measurements:
  • Calcium 8 mg per 1/2 teaspoon
  • Phosphorus 5 mg per 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sodium 25 mg per 1/2 teaspoon
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 A1900 $18.15
100g A1950 $61.05
How do I order Standard Process Supplements? 

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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.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


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: 


“Thyroid Support is designed for use in the patient with thyroid disease. It can be used alone or in combination with other accepted methods of therapy. The need for combination therapy is dictated by the level of glandular pathology. Thyroid support in this product is provided directly and indirectly through its whole food complexes, tissue extracts and concentrates, and botanical ingredients. Indirect support is based on established patterns of endocrine and metabolic interactions. The diseased thyroid gland is a challenging gland to manage. It is common in the dog to have autoantibodies against the thyroid. These destructive interactions require a long period of time before the effects are seen clinically as hypothyroidism

Canine and Feline Thyroid Support is designed for the patient with thyroid disease. As part of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland plays a major role in many different interactions between glands and organs in the body. Canine Thyroid Support provides critical trace nutrient support for the thyroid gland, the adrenal glands and the liver. The goal of this tissue support product is to facilitate better thyroid function by supporting the thyroid gland and other important tissues that interact with the thyroid gland.”

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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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