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Pet supplements to help treat sciatica in dogs and cats.Sciatica

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to help relieve symptoms of sciatica.

The musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries, wear, tear and genetics can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and triggering inflammatory responses throughout the body.

The immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, supporting healthy immune response, enhancing growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, for all types of arthritis, cancer, tumors, to protect healthy cellular response, to protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

Sciatica is a health condition that is characterized by pain in the lumbar area that radiates to the legs. Pain begins when the sciatic nerve becomes damaged. The sciatic nerve makes the connection between the legs and the brain through the spinal cord, and once damaged, the signals are no longer transmitted to the brain, and your pet is unable to move its legs. 

Sciatica can also develop as a result of intervertebral disc disease (IDD) or herniated discs, but it is an unusual development. Sciatica generally involves a compression of the nerve roots in the lower back, referred to as Degenerative Lumbosacrial Stenosis, or lower back pain.  

Most dogs affected by lumbosacral degeneration are middle aged or older members of the larger, athletic breeds. As a rule, these breeds are very tolerant of discomfort until it eventually overrides their character and results in clinical manifestations.

The most common symptoms of sciatica are:

Progressive sharp pain

Intermittent lameness in one or both pelvic (rear) limbs

Stilted gait

Difficulty rising from a prone position

Reluctance to jump or leap

Pain after jumping

Lameness

Lower motor neuron (LMN) paresis

Strenuous activity may worsen the signs or condition. Your dog or cat may yelp, moan or whimper when it rises and may howl when its rear quarters are touched. Even the happiest, healthiest pet may react to the burning pain produced from nerve pain.  

In advanced cases, chewing at the tail or rear feet as well bowel and bladder incontinence may be seen and pressure on the nerve roots may evolve to paralysis.

Causes can be related to routine vaccinations or other injections, when the needle may hit the nerve, causing damage. Even the medicine from the shot can have an effect on the sciatic nerve itself. A dog or cat may also experience sciatica by being hit by a hard object, such as thrown rocks or vehicles, or rough play between dogs. Long-backed dog breeds such as Dachshunds are particularly susceptible to injury-related pain.

Sciatica can affect one or both legs. A limp can present as the nerve brings pain to the back legs and the lumbar area. Muscle degeneration can also occur if the condition had been affecting the dog for a long time. There may also be cases when your dog has problems defecating or urinating. Constipation, incontinence and infection can present.

Herbal Treatments:

Herbal remedies provide plant and marine based pain relief from the discomfort of sciatica, to limit inflammatory response, to provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions, to support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, to support joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

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 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 plus much more. 

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports healthy immune and inflammatory response; for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD) & arthrosis; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; for pain; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function & as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart  (learn more) provides nutrients that reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of coronary cardiac heart and coronary disease, removes fat from arterial walls, for arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis; supports cardiac and circulatory function, supports the strength of veins, arteries and healthy blood circulation to the brain, balances blood sugar levels, for diabetes, for hypertension, combats degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, for Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease (CHD), Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and as a stroke preventative.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Conventional Treatments:

Your vet may also do some examination of your dog or cat to determine damage to the sciatic nerve by palpitating your pet's back. Because of the pressure applied on the affected part, your dog will definitely react if the nerve is damaged.

The atrophy of the muscles and muscle deterioration should also be assessed, as the lack of activity that results from the pain often leads to a loss of the muscle mass. Muscle atrophy occurs when the segment of the nervous system that leads to the muscles are affected.

Treatment for back pain in dogs and cats with sciatica depends on the level of the condition, whether it is mild or severe. Surgical procedures can sometimes be recommended, but remember that the results are not always positive. A lot of recovery time should be allowed for your dog or cat after the surgery, and physiotherapy should be done

Other options include: nerve graft, anastomosis (neurorrhaphy) and antibiotics (wound creams).

If sciatic nerve is entrapped by scar tissue surgical release of the nerve (neurolysis) is indicated.

Surgical decompression of sciatic nerve roots if lateralized (foraminal) compression.

Surgical stabilization of lumbar spine, or sacrum, if fracture.

Physiotherapy is a highly recommended part of the postoperative recovery to assist with the maintenance of muscle mass and tone as the dog needs to regain his normal functionality and activity levels.

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