K9 Choice Melatonin 5 mg 180 tabs
K9 Choice Melatonin 5 mg 180 tabsK9 Choice Melatonin 5 mg 180 tabs
K9 Choice Melatonin 5 mg 180 tabs
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Product Description
K9 Choice Melatonin 5 mg For Dogs 180 capsules. 180 servings
Our K9 choice brand Melatonin for dogs contains 180 capsules of 5 mg melatonin. Melatonin is naturally produced by the body in the pineal system and supplementing with melatonin can be highly beneficial. Melatonin is associated with sleep aid and more REM time sleep for people. It is also reported to be an immune system booster. Melatonin is a well known antioxidant and research has indicated that Melatonin supports the endocrine system in dogs when used in conjunction with lignans.

How Melatonin Works
Melatonin is often used with lignans to help lower cortisol levels in dogs with Cushing's Disease. Melatonin for dogs can be beneficial because it is known to inhibit two enzymes needed in the production of cortisol (the stress hormone). Melatonin blocks aromatase enzymes and reduces hydroxylase enzyme. This effectively lowers heightened cortisol levels in dogs with Canine Cushings Disease. Many of the symptoms of Cushings Syndrome are a result of elevated cortisol levels. Managing hormone levels can aid in managing the symptoms.

Many believe that melatonin is used to help dogs with Cushings sleep better. While this may work in some cases, the primary function of the melatonin treatment option is the reduction of cortisol levels, which in turn better manages heightened stress hormone levels in dogs with Cushing’s and helps to control Cushings symptoms.

Reports on melatonin for dogs with Cushings have shown that the Cushingoid dog can become less lethargic. Most dogs acclimate to melatonin within a couple weeks and return to normal sleeping and activity levels. If this is not the case, it is recommended to consult a vet to determine if melatonin is the best option.

Endocrine system problems are associated with Cushings disease, which may lead to diabetes, and melatonin can help when either condition is present.*

Click here for more info on Cushing's in Dogs

Research
In a recent article written by Nancy Hellmich for USA today titled, "Low melatonin may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes," the author cites Findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association: "Women with low levels of melatonin at night had twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes as those with high levels." Higher amounts of melatonin in the body may reduce the chances of developing type 2 Diabetes. Melatonin will not prevent Diabetes, but there is a link associated with a lower risk. Since Diabetes and Cushings are connected, there may be some benefits of using melatonin for either condition. Melatonin also inhibits aromatase enzyme, which reduces estradiol levels. Read article here

Another study testing the effectiveness of both lignans and melatonin on cushings in dogs found that the combination of lignans and melatonin not only reduce cortisol, but act directly upon adrenal tumor cells, effectively treating both typical and atypical cushings disease. Read the study here

Note:Always consult your physician or veterinarian before taking melatonin for yourself or your dog. According to Dr Jack Oliver, DVM, you should not use a rapid release melatonin or a timed release melatonin. Regular melatonin. All of our melatonin fits these criteria.

Directions for Dogs
The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary medicine and Dr. Jack Oliver, DVM, Head of UofT's Endocrinology Department recommends:
3 mg of melatonin every 12 hours for dogs under 30 lbs
5-6 mg of melatonin every 12 hours for dogs over 30 lbs
1 mg of melatonin every 12 hours may be recommended for dogs 10 lbs or less, or for those who want to give their dogs very low levels of melatonin (regardless of weight)

Melatonin may also help anxious dogs by reducing stress hormone levels.* For separation (or other types of) anxiety, give 1 tablet 30 minutes before stressful event
DISCLAIMER: ** These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with your physician before taking any food supplements.