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Breathing Problems in Dogs and Cats

Breathing Problems
Pet supplements to help address breathing problems in dogs and cats.

Herbal nutrition to help provide relief for breathing difficulties and to help prevent breathing problems such as wheezing 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. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and 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. 

Breathing problems in cats and dogs is most commonly associated with asthma, bronchitis, sneezing, allergies and other respiratory disorders. Wheezing associated with asthma may have different causes and allergies can also be the culprit (asthma can also occur in dogs but not as commonly as in cats). Several different problems can lead to sneezing and wheezing in cats.

Sinus infections, allergies, viruses and foreign objects or growths in the nose are some of the most common causes and the roots of upper canine teeth lie very close to the nasal passages, which if infected, can cause a chronic sinus infection. Stress may also cause wheezing in cats, as well as they can inhale substances in the environment such as pollen, mold, dust, tobacco smoke, perfumes, dusty cat litter, and powdered carpet deodorizers.

Other causes include lung parasites including lungworms and heartworms with bacterial infections often complicating things. You may notice that your cat experiences coughing (as if he or she has a hairball) often with difficulty breathing. Your pet may show shortness of breath or breathing may be slow or too fast and shallow.

Watch out for cats breathing with their mouth open (cats normally breathe with a closed mouth), as this is a veterinary emergency and the cat should be taken to the vet immediately.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have been used for the millennia for its beneficial effects on the respiratory system to help relieve breathing problems, to help relax the respiratory system and to help provide respiratory protection, to help to maintain clear, healthy chests, noses and throats, to help relieve dry, hacking coughs and sneezing and to help provide immune protection.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces 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. 

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, 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), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

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 natural 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 and much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Other suggestions:

Remove allergens from your pet’s environment if you suspect wheezing due to allergies (chemicals and detergents are usually to blame)

Avoid using odor-controlling sprays

Use an air purifier or air filter to remove dust and dirt particles

Use dust free, scent free cat litter

Don’t smoke around your pets

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis is confirmed by chest x-rays, which allow differentiation from other diseases with similar signs, such as bronchitis, heartworm disease, and pneumonia. Your vet may also collect fluid and mucous samples to be examined. Severe cases of asthma often require oxygen therapy and conventional drugs such as steroids. Antibiotics may be prescribed if bacterial infections are present.

 

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