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Natural remedies for cats and dogs with colds to relieve canine and feline respiratory infections.

The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors. The nutritional support of the immune system is directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. Plant botanicals provide nutritional and biochemical support for healthy immune and cellular response, as well as to enhance the growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

A respiratory infection affects the nose, throat and upper airways in pets just as humans are affected by colds, flu, and chest or sinus problems. Although respiratory infections tend to be more common in cats, dogs are susceptible to them as well. There are various types of respiratory infections and these include feline rhinotracheitis, feline calici virus and chlamydia in cats or kennel cough in dogs.

Respiratory infections are contagious and are spread through direct contact with an infected dog or cat. This condition may develop suddenly, from time to or be persistent. If left untreated, respiratory infections may develop into secondary bacterial infections as a result of a weak immune system. These infections are most common in young or elderly pets, those that are stressed and have suppressed immune systems.

The common symptoms and signs of respiratory infections include:




Runny nose or eyes


Loss of appetite

Respiratory infections in pets are caused by harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria or fungi which may bring about a combination eye, nose, and throat and sinus problems. In addition, a weakened immune system, irritants such as pollution or chemicals and other underlying diseases may also contribute to respiratory infections in pets.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to treat the symptoms of respiratory infections in animals to reduce symptoms of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose, boosts the immune system and speeds up the natural healing process.

Life’s An Itch (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsereduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces 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, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

There are several ways to prevent and control the symptoms of feline flu and these include:

Feed your pet high quality commercial food or a natural diet without preservatives, additives or colorants

Provide fresh, clean water daily and encourage your cat to drink regularly

Keep your cat healthy and fit by exercising him regularly

Make sure that your cat’s vaccinations are updated regularly, especially if you intend breeding, showing or sending your cat to a boarding cattery

Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your cat

Maintain a hygienic environment – regularly disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls, sleep area as well as litter box

If your cat develops feline flu, let him enter the bathroom to inhale the steam from your bath or shower – this will help to relieve nasal congestion

Avoid contact between your cat and other cats if they have feline flu

Strengthen your pet’s immune system with immune-building supplements

Visit your vet regularly for routine check ups to ensure overall health and wellbeing

Related Products:

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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

There are several things that you can do to prevent respiratory infections and boost the immune functioning of your pet:

Feed your pet a high quality, natural diet that is free of colorants, preservatives and additives

Incorporate more raw foods such as raw vegetables and raw meat to your pet’s diet

Have plenty of clean, fresh water available for your pet

Ensure that your has regular exercise

Clean and disinfect food and water bowls daily as well as sleeping facilities to avoid infection

Pet owners should wash their hands thoroughly before and after handling pets, cleaning their sleeping facilities and being exposed to animal saliva, urine, feces or blood

Avoid giving your pet any products containing sugar or milk

Make sure that your pet is vaccinated against respiratory infections before visiting boarding facilities such as kennels, or dog or cat shows

Supplement your pet’s diet with immune building supplements

Spend quality time with your pet to reduce stress

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of a respiratory infection is based on your pet’s symptoms as well as a physical examination.

Your vet will prescribe medications such as antibiotics to clear and prevent secondary bacterial infections as well as decongestants to relieve congestion. Keep in mind that antibiotic drugs reduce and weaken the immune system which makes you’re your pet more susceptible to recurring infections. Your pet should also receive annual vaccinations against viruses and bacteria to protect them against infection and boost immunity. 


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