One of the biggest effects of Cushing’s is the adrenal gland’s overproduction of the hormone Cortisol. This can cause major muscle weakness, an abnormal gait, panting, and even hair loss. What does Cortisol have to do with dandelion? Teas, tonics and tinctures made from dandelion have been used for various reasons for hundreds of years. Dandelion tonic can be used to help normalize adrenal functioning. While dandelion’s beneficial properties are not a cure for the disease, they can work very well as a holistic treatment for Cushing’s in dogs and can help alleviate some of the dog’s symptoms. Dandelion can also be beneficial for dogs with liver and kidney problems.