Melatonin: Top 5 Uses For Dogs and Cats

a common supplement for hair loss

anxiety sleep

Cushing's and even cancer find out what

it is what goes and how you can be using

it to help your dog or cat


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is on how to heal your pets at home with

my top natural remedies so do you guys

know that there is a sleep hormone it's

the main hormone your body produces your

dog or your cat's body would produce to

sort of bring your brain into that sleep

cycle and to actually to help you sleep

it's hard to believe to Allah there is

such a thing

maybe that hormone it's called melatonin


so melatonin which is this starts out as

tryptophan an amino acid found in things

that just meat such as milk gets

converted into a hormone called

serotonin in the brain and then with

exposure from the pineal gland is then

converted into this melatonin also no

one is the sleep hormone but our

hormones have a huge effect on sort of

what's going on with the internal

processes of ourselves of our dogs

of our cats directly correlated with a

whole host of different diseases when

you talk about hormonal or metabolic

imbalances so it sort of makes sense

that perhaps you know we start to look

at the underlying causes of the disease

perhaps we can use some of these

naturally occurring hormones you know to

treat some of the lines and it just so

happens melatonin exactly fits that bill

doses of the melatonin range when we're

looking at dogs we're looking at about

one milligram per 20 pounds of body

weight given sort of twice daily can we

get given up to a maximum of three times

a day but there is a range of dose as it

kind of goes all over I mean some people

are you know suggesting you know one

milligram per 10 pounds and then the

doze really ranges in general we kind of

look at the lowest effective dose so for

instance here I've got this melatonin

tablet is actually used in our house for

my wife and our kids and these are five

milligram tablets so you know tula being

20 pounds i would be inclined to give

her a really low dose you are v of at

one of these tablets so one milligram

and I'd be starting that at twice a day

kinda have to score these you can

generally get it as one milligram three

milligram and you know after ten

milligram size


melatonin can also be used for cats and

once again we're looking at a little bit

higher doses summer between one to three

milligrams and that's given two to three

times a day generally it's a pretty safe

supplement or medication to beginning

into your dog or cat for sure you want

to first discuss this with your

veterinarian in terms of looking at some

of the side effects generally is fairly

few yet it sort of GI stuff upset

stomach vomiting diarrhea make can

affect fertility

it's very documented to potentially

interact with corticosteroids so if your

dog is on say prednisone for instance

being an allergy or maybe your dog has

some immune mediated condition you know

such as pemphigus or something then you

wanna make sure you're discussing with

your vet because what can happen it can

sort of alter the effectiveness of the

steroid not making it be as effective so

might make those autoimmune conditions



so what would you be using melatonin for

or the first big clue

hair loss I can't speak to it with

people but I can speak to it with our

dogs and cats so there was a couple of

different veterinary conditions that can

respond to melatonin there's one called

alopecia X which just means there's

often this symmetric bi-level or

bilateral hair loss especially along

here along the flanks the sides of the

belly typically could be some of the

small breeds you know such as the

Pomeranians and you know we don't know

the underlying cause hence alopecia x we

think it's hormone related and sure

enough you can supplement these guys

with melatonin their hair can grow back

secondary to you can get a type of hair

loss it can be some of the larger

northern breed say for instance husky

and Malamute where the the your dog has

been clipped say for instance just you

know at a groomer or veteran or

procedure say we've had to clip you know

the back leg for for whatever a

laceration repair and that hair is not

growing back they think there's some

sort of correlation there because we

know melatonin plays a role with hair

regrowing and hair growth once again

those dogs may respond to melatonin



if sleep is an issue with your older dog

for instance maybe that your older dog

has a condition called cognitive

cognitive dysfunctions essentially

canine dementia and one of the common

secondary signs these guys just they're

up night at pacing they really have

difficulty going to sleep so one of your

options with that aside for me which is

meaning drinking less caffeine having

your dogs in on caffeine is then adding

in melatonin as a remedy lots of guys to

really respond well to it many people

are using melatonin as a sleep aid as

well one of the big thing then is you

need to be giving in about an hour

before you're gonna be going to sleep

getting into that sort of natural rhythm

so that would mean doing that similar

with your dog so it may just be doing it

you know in the evening when you you

know but now before you expect your dog

to be falling asleep


say you guys have a dog that won't stop

eating is drinking more water than


smaller breed and grab some symmetric

hair loss maybe kind of a distended

pot-bellied abdomen your dog might have

a disease called Cushing's disease or

hyper adrenal cordis ISM this means your

dog is producing too much of a steroid

hormone called cortisol so that cortisol

is causing all those clinical signs it

can be a more difficult disease to treat

veterinary wise you're looking at

medications although it's called lice

again pretty toxic a newer one is called

tri elastane more effective but it still

means lifelong medication just to press

you know to to high production of

cortisol so one of the treatments that I

was just reading about is actually

melatonin and proving to be very helpful

especially when we're dealing with some

of these mild cases so if you've got a

dog for instance it's sort of borderline

been diagnosed with Cushing's disease

you're kind of looking at maybe I could

try some type of natural alternative

treatment mell at home be a great one to



kula I'm gonna go now

so another and forth option to consider

is for use of some of the anxiety

disorders so if your dog gets especially

distressed when you choose to leave the


there's whining pacing barking all those

whole host of potential problems you

could consider melatonin as another form

of treatment I know she doesn't look

that stress this looked like there's a

lot of anxiety but at times there is and

there are times when potentially two

other would have would benefit from a

melatonin melatonin it can also be used

for cats primarily when I've seen it

using cats and we've got this idiopathic

alopecia so primarily when it's been

used in cats when I've used it in cats

is for this sort of idiopathic alopecia

they've had hair loss so long the base

of their legs the base of the tail it's

non allergenic we're sort of at a loss

like what else can potentially try I've

used yet melatonin to vet practice and

found the cats respond I'm responding

quite well to it


then lastly the one disease it's

probably got the biggest potential it

smokes most exciting is a use of

melatonin for treating cancer and our

dogs and cats surprising there's a pile

of research on it done in people well a

whole array of different cancers and I'm

going to put a couple of links in the

description to some of that particular

study some of those review studies but

it covers a whole range of cancers one

of the study focuses on mammary cancer

or breast cancer in our dogs and it

ranges from you know prevention can

preventing cancer from starting in the

first place from you know affecting

apoptosis while causing cell death

making the cancer more likely to respond

to chemotherapy so used in conjunction

with chemotherapy as well as prevention

and inhibition of metastases where at

the cancer can spread to distant areas

in the body so really there's a big

range of potential really big benefits

and it's one honestly I've never really

been aware of so there's it's yet to

sort of make its way within veterinary

medicine so thank you guys so much for

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