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Calicivirus

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of calcivirus and flu symptoms in cats and dogs. 

Cat supplements for the calcivirus infection in cats and dogs

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with other cells to provide a defense against unwanted invaders. The complexity of the immune system requires a multi-dimensional approach of nutritional factors.

Calcivirus, also known as feline upper respiratory infection, is a group of bacteria and viruses that cause discharge from the nose and eyes. Feline calicivirus, along with feline rhinotracheitis (caused by herpes virus), accounts for 85 percent to 90 percent of all upper respiratory infections in cats.

Calcivirus infection symptoms typically include upper respiratory symptoms, including flu-like symptoms, pneumonia, oral ulceration and occasionally arthritis. 

Calicivirus is caused by contact with the discharge from an infected animal. Contact can be direct, spread via airborne droplets from sneezing or grooming an infected area, eating from a contaminated food bowl or using the same bedding or litter box. Feline calicivirus is most common in kittens, multi-cat households, and shelters. Many cats can be infected with the virus and remain asymptomatic, not showing any signs of illness.

Upper respiratory infections usually carry a good outcome, however, a more virulent strain of Feline Viral Respiratory disease can cause death in 60 percent of cats. Supportive care is the only treatment option, such as with herbal supplementation.

Common symptoms and signs of calicivirus include:

Discharge of the eyes

Discharge of the nose

Red eyes

Redness around eyes

Mouth ulcers

Sneezing

Lack of appetite (due to blocked nasal passages inhibiting the sense of smell),

Joint pain

Ulcers on paws

Fever 

Rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages)

Ulceration of the tongue and palate.

Dehydration

Anorexia (loss of appetite)

Weight loss

Pneumonia

The organs or body systems most affected include the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal system and musculoskeletal system.

Differential DiagosisFeline rhinotracheitis, bordatella bronchiseptica, Chlamydophila felis

Canine calicivirus can be implicated in cases of glossitis (inflammation of the tongue) and enteritis (inflammation of the intestine) in dogs. Diagnosis of the pathogen in the laboratory involves isolation and identification of canine calicivirus particles from feces and occasionally oral lesions.

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

Herbal remedies may help to relieve cat flu symptoms such as feline sneezing, nasal congestion & watery eyes and are beneficial for treating and preventing Calicivirus, to speed up the healing process and to distribute oxygen throughout the tissues; plant actions include anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic to help relieve pain and discomfort; may help address Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

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.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) helps to promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; 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; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

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 allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; 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.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s 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 mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Conventional Remedies:

The vet will make a diagnosis based on the symptoms that the cat is exhibiting and also on a full medical and vaccination history. If the cat has the symptoms for more than two weeks or has the disease despite being vaccinated, further tests for FeLV and FIV should be done.

Treatment consists of supportive therapy and nursing, routine blood work, and antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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