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Herbal and marine treatments for symptoms of bursitis and pain management in dogs and cats.

The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, to support healthy immune response, to enhance the 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.

Bursitis is a very common condition in both cats and dogs, and is often seen in older animals. In degenerative joint diseases, the cartilage surrounding the joint changes, breaks down slowly and deteriorates as a result of wear and tear. The cartilage actually erodes together with areas of bone. The most common areas of the body that are affected include the hip, spine knees, elbows and wrist joints.

Dogs most often develop bursitis as the result of physical trauma or an autoimmune condition. Bursitis is the infection of the bursae, which are small sacs that contain fluids and are found at joints in various areas of the body, which become inflamed or infected. The condition is extremely painful and can also affect the pet’s ability to move. The condition can be treated, but if it becomes chronic, the dog or cat will require surgery. If you suspect that your dog may have bursitis, take him to the vet.

Bursitis is often a result of overuse. It can be experienced by a working or performance dog, caused by a change in activity level, such as training for an event or by being overweight. Bursitis can also be caused by trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or infection. Sometimes the cause cannot be found. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip. Other areas that may be affected include the Achilles tendon and the foot.

Bursitis may be associated with infections that enter the blood stream, but most commonly, the causes of this condition include:


Injuries to the bones

Bursitis may be related to some autoimmune conditions and the inflammation of the

bursa may be caused by some inflammatory cells produced by the immune system.

Obese dogs are more exposed to developing bursitis.

In some cases, the causes of bursitis are considered idiopathic (unknown).

Symptoms of Dog Bursitis:

Inability to move (limping, if the sac located at the knees is affected)

Joint pain and tenderness when you press around the joint

Stiffness and aching when the affected joint is moved

Swelling, warmth or redness over the joint

Lack of appetite, due to pain

Licking of the affected joints

Irritability and changes in behavior

Swelling of the joints, in some cases, the sacs can be felt under the dog’s skin

In some cases, the bursae may rupture and drain. The fluid may gather under the skin and cause bumps.

Bursitis may be acute or chronic. The condition can become chronic if the dog uses his affected joints or performs excessive movements that involve the affected joints.

Helpful Suggestions for Bursitis:

Your vet will talk to you about strategies to help your pet resume your normal activity.

Use ice 3 - 4 times a day for the first 2 or 3 days.

Cover the painful area with a towel, and place the ice on it for 15 minutes. Do not leave the ice on beyond 15 minutes. Your pet can get frostbite.

Have your pet lie on the side unaffected by bursitis.

For bursitis around the hips, knees, or ankle:

Do not have your pets stand for long periods of time.

When standing, have your pet stand on a soft, cushioned surface. Have your pet stand with an equal amount of weight on each leg.

Placing a pillow between your pets knees when lying on your side can help decrease your pet’s pain.

If your pet is overweight, losing weight may also be helpful.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies provide plant-based pain relief from the discomfort of arthritis, 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.

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.

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.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to 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 and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

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That’s A Nice Looking Bone! – (learn more) used holistically for Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption and for bone mineral density, thereby increasing bone mass, and to support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of bursitis is made based on signs and physical examination. If infection is present, a culture and sensitivity tests may be needed to identify the bacteria and determine the most effective antibiotic.

True bursitis usually responds to rest. Some cases require corticosteroids to reduce the swelling and pain.

Hygromas are more difficult to treat, but fortunately most can be left alone, unless they are causing pain, increasing in size, or are infected. Small hygromas respond well to surgical drainage, but larger ones may require surgical removal.

In heavy dogs, wound healing is often a problem after surgical removal because of the continuing trauma to the area from the weight of the dog. Good nursing care is essential. To prevent bursitis, use soft bedding and do not allow your dog to become overweight.

Typical products may include:

Antibiotics, if the dog is affected by an infection. The results of the liquid aspirate test will dictate the best types of antibiotics

Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Steroids, such as prednisone, may be suggested if the dog doesn’t respond to the NSAID’s treatment or if the condition is linked to an autoimmune condition. The treatment will also have an impact on the immune system and stop the production of the inflammatory cells

Most of the time, bursitis clears up on its own with adequate rest. The dog or cat should also rest and spend more time in bed.

Massages can also be applied to reduce the size of the affected bursa. If the condition is serious and the dog doesn’t respond to the medication treatment or the condition becomes chronic, the dog will need surgical intervention.





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