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Respiratory Infections in Dogs and Cats

Respiratory Infections in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies for cats and dogs with colds to relieve canine and feline respiratory infections.


The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

A respiratory infection commonly affects the nose, throat and upper airways, related to colds, flu, and chest or sinus problems and are caused by viral, fungal or bacterial organisms. Although respiratory infections tend to be more common in cats, dogs are susceptible as well. Like humans, respiratory infections are contagious and are spread through direct contact with an infected dog or cat.

Respiratory infections are accompanied by a combination of symptoms related to eye, nose, and throat and sinus inflammation. A weakened immune system, irritants such as pollution or exposure to toxins and other underlying diseases may also contribute to respiratory infections in pets.

Examples of respiratory infections include:

feline rhinotracheitis

feline calici virus

feline chlamydia

canine Bordatella (kennel cough)

canine and feline influenza 

A respiratory condition may develop suddenly, on occasion or be persistent. If left untreated, respiratory infections can develop into secondary bacterial infections as a result of a weak immune system. These infections are most common in young puppies and kittens or elderly pets, pets that are stressed, convalescing or have suppressed immune systems.

The common symptoms and signs of respiratory infections include:

Coughing (can be wet or dry depending on type of infection)




Runny nose or eyes

Inflamed eyes, nose, throat


Loss of appetite

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to help provide symptomatic relief of bronchitis and to help alleviate infections of the respiratory tract, to help provide respiratory support, to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing, to help reduce symptoms of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose, to help boost the immune system, to act as a tonic for the immune system and support systemic health of your pet and to help speed up the natural healing process.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and plant botanical support to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles as well as all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of a respiratory infection is based on your pet’s symptoms as well as a physical examination.

Your vet will prescribe medications such as antibiotics to clear and prevent secondary bacterial infections as well as decongestants to relieve congestion. Keep in mind that antibiotic drugs reduce and weaken the immune system which makes you’re your pet more susceptible to recurring infections. Your pet should also receive annual vaccinations against viruses and bacteria to protect them against infection and boost immunity.



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