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Anemia

Herbal remedies for anemic cats and dogs to help prevent low red blood cell counts due to anemia.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as allergens or system dysfunction. The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

Anemia occurs in animals when they have too low of a number of red blood cells (also referred to as erythrocytes) carrying oxygen to the body. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein compound that gives blood its red color and transports oxygen to all the essential parts of the body.

When the body produces too low a number of red blood cells, the animal has to work extra hard to supply oxygen throughout the body. Animals with anemia have an increased heart rate which often causes fatigue, pale gums and depression. Anemia can be confused with other conditions and can become dangerous if not treated immediately.

Puppies and kittens are at an increased risk of developing anemia if they are infested with fleas or internal parasites such as worms. The bodies of young puppies and kittens become easily weakened when fleas and worms feed off their blood and cause anemia. Be vigilant in avoiding flea and worm infestation in your animal. Geriatric, convalescing and immuno-compromised animals are also susceptible.

There are several causes of anemia which are divided into three categories, including:  

1. Disease that causes blood loss, which can occur as a result of trauma and injury that damages blood vessels or internal organs in the form of a stomach ulcer, from parasites (fleas, ticks and hookworms), tumors of the intestinal tract, urinary bladder, spleen and kidneys and diseases that prevent proper clotting of blood. Some substances and toxins such as raw or cooked onions, drugs (Tylenol, aspirin), zinc, copper, propylene glycol which is sometimes found in canned food can also cause the destruction of red cells and are very dangerous for your dog or cat.

2. Hemolysis is an immune-mediated disease which causes red blood cells to break down or be destroyed. In immune-mediated diseases, the body’s immune system kills its own red blood cells rather than its own germs. Hemolytic anemia tends to be more common in dogs, particularly poodles, spaniels and Old English sheepdogs. Female dogs are affected more than males and this disease can strike when they are young or middle aged.

Infectious diseases such as feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency as well as blood parasites like Haemobartonella (affects cats more than dogs) and Babesia (affects dogs more than cats) can lead to hemolysis. Hemolysis may also be caused by cancer, kidney failure, hereditary diseases, blood parasites, cancer, and mechanical damage to the red blood cells, toxic heavy metals and exposure to certain chemicals and drugs.

3. Insufficient production of red blood cells due to failure of the bone marrow to produce a sufficient amount as required by the body. Diseases or other factors may contribute to the prevention red blood cell production, such as poor nutrition or nutritional imbalances, hypothyroidism, an auto-immune disease, exposure to toxins and chemicals, any severe, chronic disease such as kidney or liver disease or cancer.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal treatments can be very effective in providing relief of anemia, nutritional and mineral support to strengthen bones and marrow, responsible for producing red blood cells, functioning as a liver tonic, cleansing the blood and helping the body to absorb iron from the intestinal tract.

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder, cancer and for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, used to provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, and relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence.

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

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Hepa Protect - (learn more) is used to support liver metabolism, bile production and flow, hepatic circulation and immune function, to support the digestive system and healthy liver function by promoting the performance, tone and regulate the health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder and to normalize liver enzyme levels.

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands,  to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system.

Conventional Remedies:

Treatment of anemia depends on the underlying cause which may be treated with intravenous fluids and medications. In cases where anemia is severe, a blood transfusion may be required to replace lost blood. In order to maintain optimal health of your pet, ensure that it is fed a healthy diet, exercises regularly and has sufficient water to drink. Keeping your pets free of fleas, ticks and worms with an effective repellant will also help to prevent anemia.

The diagnosis of anemia is based on symptoms such as pale pink or white gingiva (gums), listlessness, weakness and lethargy. Certain blood tests such as the packed cell volume (PCV) which is also called the hematocrit, red blood cell count and hemoglobin count are performed to determine whether your pet is anemic.

A study of a stained blood smear, bone marrow biopsy or aspirate may also provide useful information about whether the bone marrow is producing new red blood cells and what may be causing the anemia. In addition, a urinalysis, biochemical profile and fecal exam may also be performed.

 

 

 

 


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