Melatonin is most well-known as a supplement to help us sleep. How could this help our dogs? And, more importantly, how could it help a dog with cancer?
Research has shown deep sleep each night, in complete darkness, can actually help prevent the development of cancer. Of course, it won’t remove the risk completely, but it’s known to reduce the risk.
Overall Benefits of Melatonin for Dogs
Melatonin is an useful supplement to give your dog in many cases. Melatonin’s sedative properties make it beneficial for calming and soothing stressed pets. Melatonin helps your pet’s mood and anxiety concerns, such as hyperactivity, restlessness, separation anxiety, and phobias like as loud sounds, to improve.
Melatonin can help your dog de-stress, relax, and sleep comfortably before stressful occasions such as thunderstorms, fireworks, or leaving the house. It can also assist senior dogs with insomnia get back into a more regular sleeping pattern.
Melatonin has been shown to alleviate some of the symptoms of mild Cushing’s disease, a hormonal imbalance that affects dogs. Finally, because melatonin increases hair development, it’s an effective supplement for dogs suffering from alopecia.
Night Shifts Increase Risk of Cancer
Many studies conducted on humans can actually be utilized for our dogs as well. Although our bodies aren’t exactly similar, there are many similarities among the two.
Research has found female nurses who stay up to work during the night have an increased risk of breast cancer. And, guess what the cause is thought to be from? Lack of sleep during the night hours.
When our dogs are resting, a hormone known as melatonin is released by the pineal gland in the brain. The deeper the sleep, the more melatonin is produced. In most cases, the melatonin our body produces (and our dogs if they are on the same schedule) peaks at about 1:30 AM.
Here’s the amazing news we have discovered from the research we have completed: melatonin is a major cancer fighter.
Melatonin Dosage Recommendations
Melatonin is safe for dogs when used correctly. It’s always a good idea to consult your veterinarian before administering any supplement or prescription to your pet. When talking to your vet about giving your dog melatonin, make sure to ask about the proper dosage. The following is a typical rule of thumb for melatonin dosage (up to 3x day) in dogs:
- Dogs less than 10 lbs should be given 1 mg
- Dogs weighing 10-25 lbs should be given 1.5 mg
- Dogs weighing 26-100 lbs should be given 3 mg
- Dogs weighing over 100 lbs should be given 3-6 mg
If you do offer your dog melatonin, make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol by reading the label first. This is a common artificial sweetener that is extremely dangerous to dogs. Also, as with any new prescription or supplement you give your dog, keep an eye on them after the first dose to see if they have an allergic response. Melatonin begins to function within 15 minutes after ingestion and lasts for roughly 8 hours.
Understanding Melatonin for Dogs with Cancer
Melatonin is a great natural supplement for dogs with cancer, but it can only help if you give it at the right time. You should consult your holistic veterinarian before beginning any new treatment program for your dog with cancer, so that they can determine if melatonin would be beneficial for them and also make sure there are no side effects from using this supplement.