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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) / FIV in cats

Pet supplements for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in cats. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) / FIV in cats

Herbal remedies to help support Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals help support the process of free radical scavenging, which is the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, microorganisms and skin wounds.

The immune system is a complex army of cells that are found throughout 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 including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

Immunity is the single most important thing you can support in your pet, aside from quality food and water. The immune system is tasked with supporting normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. 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.  

The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection causes can silently but steadily compromise a cat's immune system, causing them to become more susceptible to diseases, including cancer, blood diseases and kidney failure. Secondary infections can also develop which can be fatal. FIV usually develops gradually over time, but once it presents, it can advance quickly. 

Herbals and supplements can be used to help support balanced immunity and cats to reduce symptoms and progression. Premium food, filtered water and a home environment that is stress free can be important supports in addressing FIV. 

FIV is frequently confused with feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Although these diseases are in the same retrovirus family and cause many similar secondary condition, they are different. A cat infected with FIV may show intermittent signs of sickness along with good health for years, evading diagnosis until the virus has damaged a cat's tissue and immunity. 

Symptoms of FIV:

Enlarged lymph nodes

Fever

Anemia

Weight loss

Disheveled coat

Poor appetite

Diarrhea

Infllammation of the eye (conjunctivitis)

Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis)

Inflammation of the mouth (stomatitis)

Dental disease

Skin redness

Hair loss (alopecia)

Wounds that resist healing

Sneezing

Discharge from eyes or nose

Frequent urination

Straining to urinate

Urinating outside of litter box

Behavior change

FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds and fighting. Outdoor male cats that fight may be at highest risk. Keeping your car indoors is one way to avoid possible infection. FIV can only be transmitted between cats and does not appear to spread commonly between shared food and water bowls, grooming and litter boxes. FIV cannot be transmitted from cats to humans. A mother cat can infect her unborn litter. It is recommended to keep your cat indoor to avoid infection. FIV cannot be transmitted from cat to human, only from cat to cat. 

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to reduce symptoms of viral infections, to promote general, systemic health in cats, to help keep an animal free of infection, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to support incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), to promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection and to maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut, to promote and restore liver and digestive health.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s natural defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function and much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) helps to promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; 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.

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.

Conventional Remedies:

FIV infection is diagnosed via a blood test by checking antibodies in the blood. No test is 100-percent accurate all of the time. Once a cat is determined to be FIV-positive, the cat can transmit the disease to other cats.

Common care includes medication for secondary infections; diet and nutrition; fluid and electrolyte replacement therapy; anti-inflammatory and immune boosting/balancing drugs. 

 

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