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K9 Choice Melatonin 1 mg For Dogs.180 capsules, 180 1 mg. servings. Each bottle contains 180 capsules of 1 mg human-grade melatonin for dogs. Our K9 Choice brand melatonin supplement for dogs is carefully formulated to:
- Promote a natural sleep-wake cycle *
- Provide natural hormone support *
- Promote relaxation, calm and comfort *
- Support overall health – promote normal thirst and urination *
- Daily use supports normal skin and coat health *
How Melatonin WorksIn humans, dogs, and other animals, melatonin plays an important role in the regulation of the sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is naturally produced by the body in the pineal system. In healthy animals, peak production of melatonin naturally occurs after sunset. Melatonin signals to the body both time of day and season (length of night). However natural production decreases as we and our pets age. This is one reason older people and pets find it difficult to get quality sleep or to sleep for as many hours as when we were younger.
Melatonin Health BenefitsSupplementing with melatonin can be highly beneficial, as melatonin is a well-known antioxidant useful in regulating hormones and may reduce stress and anxiety. * Melatonin decreases sex hormone secretion, modulates aromatase activity, and inhibits cortisol production. It has also been shown in some animal models to inhibit androgen production and ovarian activity. Further reading here. Melatonin’s anti-estrogenic properties have been extensively studied. Melatonin acts in several ways to limit estrogen production and/or activities, including by interfering with estrogen receptor activities, down regulating estrogen expression during transcription, reducing estrogen receptor sensitivity, and inhibiting the expression of key enzymes (like aromatase) involved in estrogen production. Further reading here and here. In addition, melatonin has been shown not only to inhibit cortisol itself, but also the chemical (ACTH) that signals the adrenal gland to produce cortisol. Further reading here and here. * Studies have shown that melatonin can reduce symptoms of stress in canines, including refusal to eat, excessive pacing or panting, as well as whimpering and licking. Melatonin may also help reduce aggressive behavior in dogs. Because the body responds to stress by producing additional cortisol, the reduction in stress, anxiety and aggression that results from melatonin supplementation may have a secondary effect (beyond the direct effects noted above) of lowering cortisol levels. * Note: Always consult your physician or veterinarian before taking melatonin for yourself or your dog. For treatment of dogs, you should not use a rapid release melatonin or a timed-release melatonin. Use only regular melatonin. All of our melatonin products fit these criteria. See the recommended treatment protocols here.
Directions for DogsThe University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine recommends, and the late Dr. Jack Oliver, DVM, former Chairman of UofT's Veterinary Endocrinology Department, recommended:
- 3 mg of melatonin (3 capsules) every 12 hours for dogs under 30 lbs.
- 6 mg of melatonin (6 capsules) every 12 hours for dogs over 30 lbs.
- 1 mg of melatonin (1 capsule) every 12 hours may be recommended for dogs 10 lbs. or less, or for those who want to give their dogs very low doses of melatonin.
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