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Chronic Lyme Disease in Dogs / Chronic Lyme Disease in Cats / Chronic Lyme Disease in Pets

Chronic Lyme disease / Lyme disease

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of Lyme disease (borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis, mycoplasma, and Chronic Lyme disease) and to help relieve pain and discomfort associated with symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs and cats. 

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The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body that provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating balanced, normal function. The animal immune system is intricate and keeps animals healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins and works to protect healthy cellular response and against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens.

If the immune system is weakened, every bodily system in the animal body is at risk. Chronic Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (blacklegged tick, or bear tick), mosquito, flea or other small animals. Dogs are especially susceptible to this disease, while cats are less likely to contract this disease due to constant grooming. This bacterial infection affects each animal differently and is a common, but often, undetected infection in dogs and cats.

A growing body of research exists with the CDC that there is a link between Borreliosis infection (also known as Chronic Lyme Disease) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Once infected, Lyme can present a dizzying array of symptoms in animals including skin lesions, bone pain, lameness, fever and chills, heaviness in legs, dizziness and loss of balance, memory loss, acute fatigue and lethargy and mild to severe neuropathy.

Due to the explosion of toxic microbes in the body replicating on a continual basis, it is not only difficult to isolate and identify the symptoms, but also to attribute these symptoms to Lyme.

The bacterial agent responsible for Lyme disease is the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. This disease is found in most countries around the world and transmitted by ticks, which are small blood-sucking invertebrates. Ticks have a three stage life-cycle (larvae, nymph and adult). The updated research, however, suggests that Lyme can also be transmitted via mosquitoes, fleas, dogs, cats and other small animals.

Ticks have a life cycle of approximately three months and experience 4 stages, from egg to larva, from larva to nymph and nymph to adult. If left untreated, tick-borne diseases can cause serious health complications and sometimes even be fatal.

During the nymph stage, Lyme disease transmission is most likely. The nymph tick (mosquito, flea, etc) embeds itself into your pet’s skin for several days before causing symptoms of Lyme disease. The nymph tick is so small (pin-head size) that they are often over-looked by pet owners.

Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-transmitted disease in the northern hemisphere. A complete presentation of the disease can include a skin lesion resulting from a tick bite, followed by heart and nervous system involvement, and later on by arthritis. Late involvement of eye, nervous system, joints, and skin can also occur. The only sign that enables a reliable clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis is erythematic migrans. Other features of some diagnostic value are earlobe lymphocytoma, meningoradiculoneuritis (Garin-Bujadoux-Bannwarth syndrome), and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans.

The many other symptoms and signs have little diagnostic value. Microbial or serological confirmation of borrelial infection is needed for all manifestations of the disease except for typical early skin lesions. However, even erythematic migrans might not be pathognomonic for Lyme borreliosis, especially in the southern part of the USA where there is no microbiological evidence for infection with the agent. Treatment with antibiotics are typically beneficial for early stages of Lyme borreliosis, but new strains have steadily resisted antibiotic treatment and some of the new strains have been identified as antibiotic-resistant. There is also new evidence that suggests that antibiotic use provokes the Lyme spirochetes to produce biofilm, which encases each spirochete, allowing it to go undetected by blood tests, scans and other diagnostics. The problematic issue surrounding biofilm is that the Lyme spirochete can continue to shed while encased, continuing its slow but steady attack on organs, cells and tissues, undetected by modern medicine.

Although a Lyme vaccine exists, it has not proven to be effective. There is no effective vaccine in development for Lyme. Even worse, Lyme is now presenting year round. The Lyme tick has mutated and is being found actively in moose and deer population, as well as rodents, dogs, cats, and other small animals, and has become more virulent and deadly.

Research is also ongoing in the treatment of Lyme disease due to its immunomodulation action on neurotoxins. Once infected by Lyme disease, spirochetes or spiral shaped bacteria, worm their way into muscles, tendons and practically every organ in the body. Once embedded, they begin dismantling the body’s immune defenses, leaving the body open to other pathogens. Most antibiotics work by destroying the cell wall of bacteria, however, the Borrelis burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium of Lyme can exist without the cell wall, but also, the bacteria can change forms or hide to avoid detection by introduction of antibiotics into the body, making antibiotics useless in some cases. 

Most antibiotics work by destroying the cell wall of bacteria, however, the Borrelis burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium of Lyme is corkscrew in shape and can bore into cartilage and tissue (brain and endocrine system), avoiding detection by antibiotics AS WELL AS can change shape to live within cell walls (intracellular), evading the reach of antibiotics. Finally, microbes living within cell walls help disguise Lyme spirochetes and develop resistance to antibiotics, potentially making antibiotics useless for some pets and people.

Lyme has presented new strains of bacterium that are resistant to antibiotics and once the course is complete, the strain returns with even greater ferocity. The introduction of a holistic Lyme regimen, particularly Noni, has been established as important due to its immune system modulating effect, its use as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, its cellular protective properties and its ability to block bio-neurotoxin molecular actions. When combined with Cat’s Claw Extract, the defense against Lyme is even greater.  One studied cited an average of 60 percent of patients improved after Lyme infection by utilizing a Noni (I Cell-Ebrate Life) and Cat’s Claw (I Feel Good) regimen.

Herbal Nutrition: (LIsted in order as suggested by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies may be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for Lyme disease; as an adjunct to the antibiotics; to help promote balanced immune response and to boost immunity when underperforming; help attack microbes that encourage Lyme dissemination; may help provide neuro protective benefits by safely crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is vital with Lyme infection to help protect healthy brain cells; may help protect the neurological, endocrine and immune/digestive system response; as a restorative liver tonic; to promote systemic liver health; to improve red blood cell integrity, immunity and liver function; help to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, digestives enzymes, fiber, inulin, fatty acids and adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which may help nutritionally tone the animal body, may help boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, may help build white blood count to help fight infection,may help reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; may help support water regulation and fluid balance in the body;may help reduce all types of inflammation, may help provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, may help reduce 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) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms 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; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; 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.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; strongly antioxidant and anti-mutagenic; may nutritionally help promote connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; nutritionally help standardize normal cell operation; encourage free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; may help provide nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; may help promote optimal immune protection and systematic cellular health and strength; may help support 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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella;

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; 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. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

Gland Candy (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to help support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to help support and tone the lymphatic system, to help balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, including HPA function (Hypothalamic, Pituitary and Adrenal) including T3 and T4 production, to help support and maintain healthy thyroid function, to help soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, to help soothe joints and cartilage, to help address histamine and mast cell response related to allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), and may help stimulate tissue repair and may help provide palliative support for all types of arthritis..

Hepa Protect – (learn more) may help support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, ma help rehabilitate the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, may help rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia, ehrlichiosis.

Conventional Remedies:

Lyme disease can be a debilitating condition for dogs and cats, so if your animal shows signs of Lyme disease, it is very important to act quickly and get your dog to the vet for a check up. Your vet will inspect your animal for ticks visible to the naked eye and blood tests may be performed to check for the bacteria in the blood.

Both animals and humans are generally prescribed amoxicillin or doxycycline for the treatment of Lyme disease (to kill the spirochete). For more advanced cases, Tetracycline or penicillin is also used. Vaccines are available for both pets and humans, although their use is still fairly new and effectiveness has not been established.

The introduction of a holistic Lyme regimen, particularly Noni, has been established as important due to its immune system modulating effects, its use as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, its cellular protective properties and its ability to block bio-neurotoxin molecular actions. When combined with Cat’s Claw Extract, the defense against Lyme is even greater.  One studied cited an average of 60 percent of patients improved after Lyme infection by utilizing a Noni/Cat’s Claw regimen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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