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Lock Jaw Support

Pet supplements for lock jaw and tetanus.Lock Jaw / Tetanus / Bacillus Infection

                        

Herbal remedies for dogs and cats to relieve and limit bacterial infections.

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 support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, microorganisms and skin wounds by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Lock Jaw, also known as tetanus, is a disease caused by a toxin secreted by a bacterium known as Clostridium tetani, one of many toxins secreting Clostridia. Clostridia are soil bacteria, living in dirt, and pets generally pick up the bacteria spores in the environment. Animals with a puncture or wound could easily become contaminated with affected dirt.

An unattended wound leading to bacterial contamination is the leading cause of tetanus, also known as lockjaw. Wounds of this nature are common for animals that live outdoors or on farms or access industrial sites where there might be nails or sharp objects on the ground and result in the piercing of a foot or other body part. 

A bite wound or puncture as a result of a fight or rolling around in infected dirt can also present opportunities for tetanus infection. The intestines of mammals and the dead tissue of wounds that are created due to injury, surgery, burns, frostbite, and fractures can also be supportive conditions.

Tetanus is a fairly rare disease in dogs and even rarer in cats.

The tetanus toxin is called tetanospasmin. It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani in a wound. The toxin binds to local nerves and moves up into the central nervous system where it interferes with the release of glycine, an amino acid that also acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Once the toxins bind to nerve cells, they generate symptoms such as muscle spasm, stiffening of the limbs and rigidity. In severe cases, the animal can’t breathe due to rigid paralysis of the respiratory muscles and a mechanical ventilator is required.

The severity of the symptoms will often depend on the number of toxin organisms that are able to enter the body and the quantity of toxins produced in the body.

Symptoms of tetanus:

Muscles around wound site become rigid

Stiffness

Lameness

Weakness

Lack of coordination

Affected gait

Local or generalized infection (generalized if Central Nervous System is infected by toxins)

Your pet may lose the ability to blink and must flash the third eyelid to moisten the eye. Initial signs seem to pertain to the eyes and can easily be mistaken for eye disease in the early stages.

Light sensitivity can become intense and the sound of clapping or a door slamming may create spasms or seizures. Dogs with ears that hang down may develop ears that stand up straight, and its facial muscles pull back in such a way as to create what is called risus sardonicus, or the sardonic smile.

In more advanced stages, the patient can no longer walk and stands stiffly in what is called a sawhorse stance.

Symptoms related generalized infection:

Fever

Constipation

Pain during urination

Excessive drooling

Wrinkled forehead

Grinning appearance

Stiff and hard tail

Continuously erect and stiff ears

Progressive stiffness of the body muscles, giving the animal a sawhorse appearance

Difficulty eating

Breathing difficulty (due to stiffness of the chest muscles)

Difficulty opening the mouth (due to stiffness of the jaw muscles)

Whole body muscle spasms with sudden external movement, sound, or touch

Paralysis

Death due to inability to breathe

Herbal Treatments:

Herbal and marine treatments are used to help treat bacterial infections, to soothe inflamed and irritated skin, to promote a healthy immune system, to cleanse the blood and remove toxins, to cleanse and heal cuts, scrapes and irritations of all kinds, to help reduce the risk of infection and to treat the presence of all types of skin eruptions and bacterial infections. 

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating supports correct balance of intestinal flora, and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and general healthy skin support. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, to reduce inflammation, to provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, to reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, for 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.

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Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

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, Intervertebral Disk Disease and 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 and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. 

Feed your pet a high quality, all natural diet that is free of additives, preservatives and colorants

Ensure that your pet always has fresh, clean water available

Exercise your pet regularly -

Use stainless steel food and water bowls instead of plastic – and always wash bowls thoroughly with warm, soapy water

Keep your pet’s living clean, dry and regularly disinfected

Incorporate immune-building supplements into your dog or cat’s diet to boost their immune system

Always disinfect cuts or scrapes to avoid further infection

Detox your pet regularly to eliminate unwanted toxins

Visit your annually for a check-up

Avoid situations overcrowded with other animals such as boarding facilities, dog or cat shows

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis is generally made based on the appearance of the animal and history of a wound. It is possible to measure antibody levels against the tetanus toxin but this has not been widely used in the clinical setting. Attempting to culture Clostridium tetani from the wound is generally not successful.

Routine laboratory tests will include a complete blood count (CBC), biochemistry profile, and urinalysis. The complete blood count may show an abnormally low or high number of white blood cells (WBCs), both indicating infection.

Biochemistry testing may reveal high concentrations of an enzyme called creatine phosphokinase (CPK). This enzyme is mainly found in the heart, brain, and skeletal muscles, but the level of this enzyme increases in the blood in response to the stiffness and damage the muscles are experiencing, which are in turn responding to the bacterial infection.

The results of the urinalysis are often normal except for an increase of myoglobin in the urine. Myoglobin is a protein that is normally found in the muscles, and with constant contractions and stiffness of muscles, it starts appearing in the urine due to its release from the damaged muscles. Your veterinarian will also send samples of tissue and fluid that has been taken from the wound to the laboratory for culture. Culture testing will allow for the controlled growing of the causative organism, thereby confirming its presence in the wound.

In advanced stages of this disease, your dog will need to be hospitalized. Support and constant nursing is usually required for a period of 3-4 weeks. If your dog is unable to eat on its own, your veterinarian will place a feeding tube directly into its stomach in order to maintain its energy and metabolic needs. Because this toxin attacks the muscles and nervous system, your dog is likely to be very sensitive, making forced feedings an undesirable treatment method. Such manipulations may, in fact, exacerbate the symptoms. Intravenous fluids may be started to prevent dehydration. That will be one of the primary concerns.

Your pet will need to be in an environment with little light and noise as animals are extremely sensitive to touch, sound, and light. You will need to set up a place in the house where your pet can rest comfortably and quietly, away from other pets, active children, and busy entryways.

Your pet will likely be kept sedated to prevent further aggravation of the symptoms. Drugs can be used to minimize muscle spasm and convulsions and encourage your dog to remain in a lying position for extended periods.

Due to necessary inactivity, your pet may be lying in one place for too long a time. Soft bedding is crucial and your dog or cat will need to be turned over several times a day to prevent ulcers (bed sores) from developing.

If your pet cannot breathe properly, a breathing tube will be placed into the trachea to facilitate normal breathing until the muscles have recovered from the infection. In some animals, a hole has to be made into the trachea to facilitate breathing and prevent asphyxia.

If your dog is not able to pass urine, a urinary catheter will be placed to allow for the passage of urine. If your dog is constipated, an enema can be given to relieve constipation. In many cases, these treatments may be applied in the home environment.

Your pet’s environment must remain STERILE. 

 

 

 

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