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Fast Breathing in Dogs / Fast Breathing in Cats

Fast Breathing in Dogs / Fast Breathing in Cats 
Natura Petz Organics remedies for breathing problems in dogs and cats

Herbal treatments for dogs and cats to help calm and hep relax rapid, shallow and labored breathing.

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

Breathing problems in dogs and cats are most commonly associated with stress, anxiety and fear, all which can cause rapid breathing. Other common triggers include asthma, bronchitis, sneezing, allergies, physical exertion, a reaction to medication or vaccination, heatstroke, being left in a hot car or in the sun too long.

Rapid breathing in pets is referred to as fast, labored or an increased rate of breathing. The technical term for fast breathing is tachypnea.

Rapid breathing may also be caused by various upper and lower respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngeal diseases, cancer, air in the chest cavity, an allergen inhalant, chemical exposure or obstruction of the airways.

Other secondary causes may include fever, obesity, Cushing’s disease, anemia, diabetes, enlarged organs, bloating and heart diseases such as arrhythmia and congestive heart failure. If you notice that your dog or cat is constantly breathing at a rapid pace, as well as experiences coughing, fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, you should consult your vet immediately.

Suggestions to help address fast breathing:

Herbal remedies which may help address a large spectrum of causes, from stress to heart related issues and herbs that help boost immunity

Accupuncture or hydrotherpay may be options for your pet

Remove allergens from your pet’s environment if you suspect wheezing due to allergies (dryer sheets, detergents, scented candles, room fresheners, body lotions and other common chemicals found inside and outside of your home are often triggers for rapid breathing

Use dust free, scent free cat litter

Avoid using odor-controlling spray or pellets to litter (known allergen triggers)

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

Don’t smoke around your pets 

Common sense solutions to help prevent rapid breathing:

Keep your pet out of the hot sun and in a cool environment

Never leave your pet in the car even if it is just for a few minutes as the temperature in a closed car rises rapidly and can be fatal within minutes

Always ensure that plenty of fresh, clean filtered water is available daily

Exercise your pet daily but avoid exertion during heat and don't overdo it

Bring pets indoors during allergy and summer season

If the air in your house is dry, use a humidifier, vaporizer or steam from a warm shower to clear up the air and ease your pet’s breathing

Keep windows open when cleaning with household cleaners

Feed your pet a premium holistic diet or home cooked or raw diet that is naturally free of corn, wheat, soy, colorants, preservatives, additives and inferior protein sources

Clean and disinfect food and water bowls daily

Clean and disinfect your pet's beds, toys and sleeping spaces

Spend quality time with your pet - it helps build immunity and bonding with your pet 

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

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce symptoms of respiratory distress in dogs and cats, including fast or labored breathing, help to support balanced immunity, may help block asthma triggers, may help promote resistance to infection, may help remove mucilage build up in the lungs, may help reduce fear, anxiety or stress response, may help support respiratory health and may help tone and strengthen on the respiratory system, may help relax and repair smooth muscles and help clear infection and allergen triggers in the respiratory system and may help relieve dry, hacking coughs and sneezing.

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.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

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.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and plant botanical support that works on all animal body systems to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help address and reduce pain; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis is confirmed by chest x-rays, which allows a vet to differentiate between other diseases with similar signs, such as Bronchitis, Heart worm 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. Please consider that all of these options are associated with side effects and suppress the immune system, which directly affects asthma. 

Your vet will perform a thorough physical exam as well as a variety of tests to determine the exact cause. Tests such as a complete blood count, urinalysis, biochemic profile, or chest x-rays may be performed. In addition, further tests such as an ultrasound of the heart and thoracic cavity, thoracocentesis, rhinoscopy or CT scan may also be performed.

Medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories may be administered to treat infection or inflammation while some pets may need fluid therapy if they are dehydrated. In some cases, animals may receive oxygen therapy if they have breathing difficulties.



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