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Flu & Colds

Flu and Colds

Herbal flu and cold remedies to treat symptoms and information on how to care for sick cats and dogs.

The immune system is complex and related to the health and wellness of many bodily systems. A healthy immune system requires the proper support of nutrition and is directed at facilitating balanced, normal function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.

Plant botanicals and marine extracts provide nutritional and biochemical support for healthy immune and cellular response, as well helps to enhance the growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism. Supplements are useful for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases in dogs and cats.

Pets are susceptible to flu and colds just like we are. Respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or congestion develop as a result of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. In dogs and cats, cold and flu symptoms usually occur as a result of a virus.

If left untreated, cold and flu symptoms can lead to serious secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia. 

The common symptoms of flu and colds include:

Sneezing

Fever

Nasal congestion

Eye and nasal discharge

Ulcers

Breathing difficulties

In dogs

Moist, soft cough

Thick, nasal discharge

Rapid, labored breathing

In cats, common cold symptoms are caused by various organisms, either the feline rhinotrachetitis virus (herpes virus or FRV) or the feline calcivirus (FCV). Other cold infections are caused organisms such as Bordetellabronchiseptica, Pasturella multocida, Mycoplasma (parasitic bacteria), feline corona virus, or Chlamydophila felis.

In dogs, cold symptoms such as kennel cough are caused by the Bordatella and flu virus.Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory illness, which requires a strong immune system to counteract. There is no known vaccination to prevent canine influenza, so bolstering the immune system is necessary. 

Respiratory infections often occur as a result of overcrowded, humid conditions with poor ventilation like in boarding kennels, daycare facilities and pet shelters. Poor sanitation and nutrition (commercial diets full of fillers, preservatives, colorants and corn, wheat and soy) as well as stress on your pet’s immune system can contribute to cold and flu infections.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have a long history of providing overall systemic and immune support to animals; used holistically to reduce symptoms associated with flu and colds; to provide respiratory system health and to boost the immune system; while limiting all types of symptoms related to the flu and infection.

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 response, reduces 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, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

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.

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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.

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.

There are several ways to prevent and control the symptoms of flu, including:

Feeding your pet high quality holistic, commercial food or a natural diet free of corn, wheat, soy, preservatives, additives or colorants

Providing fresh, clean, filtered water daily and encourage your pet to drink regularly

Keeping your pet healthy and fit by getting them to exercise regularly

Making sure that your pet's vaccinations are updated regularly, especially if you intend to breed, show or have your pet board

Washing your hands thoroughly before and after handling your cat

Maintaining a hygienic home environment by regularly disinfecting your pet’s food and water bowls, sleep area as well as litter box

If your dog or cat develops feline flu, let him/her enter the bathroom to inhale the steam from your bath or shower, which helps 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

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of colds and flu is based on the symptoms presented and a thorough physical examination of your pet. Certain tests such as a complete blood count, the laboratory testing of microorganisms may be performed.

The treatment for viral infections usually involves good nutrition, plenty of fluids and keeping your pet warm and comfy with bed rest. Warm you pet’s food as they may experience a loss of smell, use eucalyptus treatments as an inhalant for the respiratory system and bear in mind that proper sanitation remains important to ward off infection and disease.

Regular vaccinations will also help to keep these infections at bay. However, if a secondary bacterial infection develops as a result of the viral infection; your vet may prescribe antibiotics.

 

 

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