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Schistosomiasis in Dogs and Cats

Schistosomiasis / Intestinal Parasites / (Heterobilharzia Americana)

Herbal treatments to help dogs and cats address symptoms of schistosomiasis infection.

Pet supplements for schistosomiasis in dogs and cats.

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.  

A healthy immune system is resilient, 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. 

Dogs and cats acquire schistosomiasis when the initial parasitic infection of the H. Americana bacteria penetrates the skin. The first and beginning stage of infectin is known as cercaria. Dogs and cats usually contract schistosomiasis from contaminated fresh water which contains the snail that hosts the infection. In areas of high risk of infection, standing water should be avoided by dogs and cats.

In the first stage on infection, the parasite burrows into the skin, maturing into the second stage, known as schistosomula. It then migrates to the lungs and liver, where it matures into the adult form. The adult worm then migrates to its final and preferred area of the body, which typically includes the bladder, rectum, intestines, liver, and/or veins that carry blood from the intestines to liver, spleen, and lungs. Eggs (known as H. Americana eggs) are then shed via feces. 

If the shed Heterobilharzia Americana eggs (also known as H. Americana)  are exposed to fresh water, the parasite hatches and infects a snail. Once inside the snail, the eggs mature and look for a feline or canine host to complete the life cycle. Once a dog or cat is infected, an inflammatory response is triggered throughout the body and the infection spreads, known as disseminated visceral granulomata.

Signs of schistosomiasis infection include:

Fever

Chills

Weight loss

Rash

Abdominal pain

Diarrhea 

Vomiting

Anorexia

Lethargy

Lymph node enlargement

Liver enlargement

Spleen enlargement

Hematochezia

Specific signs related to the gastrointestinal tract: 

Hepatic disease

Polyuria/Polydipsia

Frequent urination

Painful urination 

Blood in the urine 

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 traditionally as a natural anti-parasitic and repellant for all types of parasitic infection, including ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, coccidian, schistosomiasis and protozoal Giardia; to help remove infection from cell walls, tissues and organs; may help keep parasites in check by boosting immunity as needed; acts as a digestive tonic to promote digestive health; helps cleanse and detoxify the colon and bowel; helps detoxify the blood from pesticides, environmental toxins and chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids and other inorganic compounds and is also used holistically for its natural plant based chemicals which are anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and analgesic (pain relieving).

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat and nerves; as a neurasthenic for nerve pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous, antiviral, neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide 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 gum.  

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders; helps promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Flea, Tick & Pest Defense Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used as a natural insect repellent, insecticide and anti-parasitic, without harsh chemicals; natural plants creates a pH balance in the blood that naturally repels fleas, mosquitoes and ticks; may help address all types of bug, flea and tick bites and irritations; as a natural plant liquid “band aid, use may help heal and seal  and heals all types of wounds, abrasions, rashes, cuts, hot spots and infections, including bacterial, fungal, viral or microbial in origin; may help lessen and/or limit itching, inflammation and infection due it’s strongly anti-hemorrhagic, insecticide, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-septic, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, larvacidal, anti-parasitic, vermifuge (removes worms from organs) and pain relieving plant actions; nutritional content may help boost immune health and may stimulate collagen production and cellular repair matrix of skin and coat; safe for all life stages dogs and cats.

Conventional Treatments:

A complete blood count and a serum chemistry profile will be performed. Treatment is usually via high doses of praziquantel (25 mg/kg PO q8h for 2 days) or prolonged treatment with fenbendazole (40 mg/kg PO SID for 10 days, repeat in 3 weeks).

Sedimentation with saline is the recommended way of detecting H. Americana eggs in feces. If exposed to fresh water, the miracidium will hatch, making identification difficult. Examining a direct saline smear of feces may also allow identification of H. Americana eggs in samples from infected animals.

Laboratory finding may include hypoalbuminemia, hypoglobulinemia, hypocalcaemia, azotemia, anemia, and eosinophilia. 

 

 

 

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