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Asthma in Dogs / Asthma in Cats
Natura Petz Organics asthma remedies for dogs and cats

Herbal remedies to help address symptoms of asthma and respiratory problems in cats and dogs.

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 and powerful and intended to support 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. 

Asthma, also called chronic bronchitis, is a respiratory disease that commonly affects dogs and cats. It is a chronic (ongoing) condition that is accompanied by inflammation and thickening of the small airways (bronchioles) in the lungs.

Animals experience asthma the same way humans do. When your pet inhales, the inflamed airways collapse making it difficult for your pet to catch its breath. In severe cases of asthma, the airways become clogged with mucus and the smooth muscles that surrounds the airways begin to spasm, limiting breath.

Asthma presents more frequently in younger to middle aged animals but it can affect pets of all ages and breeds. Animals with compromised immune health, that are stressed or suffer from systemic infections are at greater risk. Siamese cats and bulldogs are especially predisposed. If your animal has asthma, pay attention to potential triggers of the attack and change your pet's environmental conditions to help avoid the trigger, i.e. remove scented candles, do not use dryer sheets or room fresheners, etc.

The onset of asthma in humans has been linked to the prevalence of chemicals in rugs, household cleaners and food. Similarly, holistic vets think the commercial foods we feed our pets are filled with chemical preservatives and colorants and when combined with persistent vaccinations, our animals immune systems are severely strained, and allergies develop.

Most asthma attacks are triggered by allergens in the environment. Common triggers include smoke (fire and cigarette), grass and pollen, car fumes, pollution, flea and tick collars and medications, perfumes, deodorants, dryer sheets, candles, scented laundry detergent and household cleaners.

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening as your pet strains to breathe and presents with shallow, rapid and labored breath as evidenced by movement in the abdomen. Dogs and cats may assume a prayer position or extends their heads with their feet away from their chest. After an attack, your animal may be lethargic, listless and severely taxed. Check your pets tongue and gums for a blue or purple hue and if detected, take your pet to your veterinarian immediately as severe oxygen deprivation is occurring and can be fatal.

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 to help reduce symptoms of asthma in dogs and cats, to help support balanced immunity, to help block asthma triggers, to help support respiratory health and to help tone and strengthen on the respiratory system, to help relax and repair smooth muscles and help clear infection and allergen triggers in the respiratory system, to help relieve dry, hacking coughs and sneezing. In addition to herbal remedies, acupuncture may be an option for your pet.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Life’s An Itch Meal Topper – (learn more)  is used holistically for its nutritional content may help address symptoms related to all types of acute and chronic allergies (including Acute Moist, Atopic, Contact, Environmental and Food Allergies; natural plant chemicals are proven to help relieve and help eliminate food allergies AND allergy sensitivities; may help limit inflammatory response and help cool histamine and mast activation and cell response in the animal body; adaptogen content may help limit and potentially help disable allergen triggers once an allergy has occurred by disabling protein production related to allergen triggers; may help dismantle the itch/scratch cycle; adaptogen content may help boost or balance immunity as needed and help address chronic reoccurring respiratory infections such as bronchitis or asthma; may help address and provide relief to symptoms related to hot spots, skin rashes, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, rubbing, foot chewing, biting, fur pulling, pain and inflammation by working from the inside out to help cool allergen response. Contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antioxidant & decongestant plant properties; safe for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will conduct a full clinical history and may take a chest x-ray, an allergen test and may do a broncho-alveolar lavage in order to obtain a sample from the airways in your pet’s lungs.

Common therapies include bronchodilators, corticosteroids and antihistamines. All of these drugs have serious side effects. Since asthma is a chronic condition, lifelong treatment may likely be required depending on the severity.

 

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