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Fractures in Dogs and Cats / Bone Fractures in Dogs and Cats

Fractures

Herbal nutrition to help address broken bones and fractures in dogs and cats.

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, as well as support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. The muscoluskeletal system works in a coordinated effort with the immune system to keep the animal body balanced and less prone to injury.

A fracture is defined as a break in a bone. A pet that suffers from a broken bone will experience pain, discomfort and potentially further injury if the fracture is not addressed. 

Fractures have a high risk of infection, because an abscess can form inside the limb, and sepsis, or septicemia can develop. Septicemia can be life threatening and is often accompanied by loss of appetite and loss of use of the infected limb. This should be considered a medical emergency and see your vet immediately.

Common causes of bone fractures in dogs and cats include: 

Car accidents

Dog fighting, or cat fights

Falling from a table

Falling off a moving vehicle truck

Bone cancer

Common signs of a fracture or broken bone may include:

Holding the broken limb in an abnormal position

Swollen limb

Open wound, exposed bone protruding from the body

Limping or reluctance to put weight on the affected limb

Holding the leg up, avoiding any weight 

Not allowing the limb to be touched

If you suspect your pet's leg is broken, use cardboard or soft pillows to make a temporary splint to provide support to the injured limb while en route to your vet's office. 

Wrap the temporary splint around the fracture (include the joint above and below the break), securing it with tape. Do not tape too tightly and use a firm surface to transport your pet to avoid additional injury. 

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

Herbal treatments have been studied for their safe yet effective support of the muscoskeletal system, as a revitalizing tonic to help support the skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue; to help promote strength, resiliency and health in connective tissues, soft tissue, tendons, muscles & bones; to help promote convalescence, recovery, healing and recuperation following an injury; to help reduce pain and inflammation and to help boost and/or balance immunity where needed for the overall health of your pet.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extracts that 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; 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.

That’s A Nice Looking Bone – (learn more) used holistically to help address all types of Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption and for bone mineral density, thereby increasing bone mass, for its ability to help restore lost cartilage and to support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s natural 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; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function and much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Vitamin Ninja – (learn more) is used holistically as a super food, nutritive, adaptogen and multi-vitamin blend, containing spirulina and camu camu, which may help fight oxidative damage, may promote heart health by lowering lipids in the blood, may help support immunity and may help prevent disease in dogs and cats; may help stimulate collagen production due to its antioxidant proanthocyanins, flavonoid and glycosaminoglycan’s content, which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints and joint health, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessel support as well as may help to promote the strength and health of the eyes and teeth;  may help sustain and nourish the skeletal structure of your pet over its lifetime and may be important in cases of arthritis, bone loss and joint diseases, such as Intervertebral Disk Disease and Degenerative Joint Disease.

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of a fracture is usually made by taking an x-ray of your pet’s bones. Your vet’s goal to repair the fracture will be to reunite the pieces and restore full function. Treatment may include: Casts, pins/steel rods, orthopedic wire and bone plates. It is quite likely that your veterinarian will recommend surgery.

This is because casts or splints present major challenges in dogs and cats. After surgery, your job as pet owner will be to facilitate healing by keeping your animal from licking at the surgical incision. Also, watch for signs of pain – animals in chronic pain have difficulty getting comfortable and may be reluctant to sleep. Watch the limb for signs of swelling, redness, or discharge at the surgery site.

 

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