Melatonin for dogs can be beneficial because it reduces hydroxylase enzyme which effectively lowers cortisol levels. Melatonin is associated with sleep aid but research has also indicated that Melatonin supports the endocrine system in dogs. Our 6mg is for people or pets. 3mg just for dogs.
In fact when people report giving melatonin to their dogs with Cushings they report that their dog is less lethargic. The U of T college of Veterinary medicine recommends 3 mg of melatonin every 12 hours for small dogs and 5-6 mg every 12 hours in larger dogs with Cushings. Endocrine system problems are associated with Cushings disease. Chronic Cushings disease may lead to diabetes. Melatonin is naturally produced by the body in the pineal system and a recent article written by Nancy Hellmich for USA today titled, "Low melatonin may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes." She 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. So, having more melatonin in your system may reduce the chances of getting type 2 Diabetes. Melatonin wont prevent Diabetes but there is a link associated with a lower risk. Since Diabetes and Cushings are linked there may be some benefits of using melatonin. Melatonin also inhibits aromatase enzyme which reduces estradiol levels. See article here. Always consult your physician or veterinarian before taking melatonin for yourself or giving it to your dog. According to Dr Jack Oliver DVM he says be careful to not use a rapid release melatonin and not to use a timed release melatonin. All of our melatonin fits those criteria taking the guess work out of your decision. Our K9 Choice 3 mg melatonin is our most popular size.