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Lyme Disease in Dogs and Cats

Lyme Disease in Dogs and Cats
Pet supplements for Lyme disease in dogs and cats.

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to Lyme Disease (Borealis, Burgdorferi,  Borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease) in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. . 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection that is most likely transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (black legged tick, bear tick) but may also be contracted from mosquitoes, fleas, etc. An auto-immune failure most likely must occur for an animal to contract Lyme disease.

Dogs are especially susceptible to this disease, while cats are less likely due to constant grooming. This bacterial infection can affect one animal differently to the next. Lyme disease can also affect humans.

The bacterial agent responsible to Lyme disease is the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. This disease is found in most countries around the world and is most frequently transmitted by ticks, however, transmission is changing due to the disease having mutated and spread by a variety of new carriers.

Ticks have a three stage life-cycle (larvae, nymph and adult).

The early stages of Lyme, also referred to the localized stage, is accompanied by a rash, called erythema migrans, which will appear at the site of the tick bite, usually between three days to a few weeks.

During the nymph stage, Lyme disease infection is most likely. The nymph tick embeds itself into your dog’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 and is caused by spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi strain. A complete presentation of the disease begins with a skin lesion (not always visible on dogs and cats) resulting from a tick bite and is followed by heart and nervous system involvement, and later on by arthritis.

Late stage progression of the diseases includes deterioration of the eyes, nervous system, joints, and even skin. The only sign that enables a reliable clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis is erythema migrans. Other features of some diagnostic value are earlobe lymphocytoma, meningoradiculoneuritis (Garin-Bujadoux-Bannwarth syndrome), and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans.

Treatment with antibiotics may be 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. 

Research is also ongoing in the treatment of Lyme disease due to its immunomodulation action on neurotoxins. Upon becoming infected by Lyme disease, spirochetes or cork screw shaped bacteria, worm their way into muscles, tendons, cartilage, tissues and practically every organ in the animal 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 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.

Even worse, 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 an important addition 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/Cat’s Claw regimen. 

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. 

Although a Lyme vaccine exists, it has not proven to be effective. There is no effective vaccine in development for Lyme.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies may be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for Lyme disease; as an adjunct and compliment to antibiotics; as an adaptogen immune modulator to help promote balanced immune response to help up-regulate immunity when needed or down regulate immune response as needed; to 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 help promote systemic liver health; to help improve red blood cell integrity, immunity and liver function; to help to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss and to help promote deep immune function. 

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.

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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) capsulestincture,  powder may help promote healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; adjunctively and holistically to help address conditional needs of DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to help address conditional needs related to respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); may help inhibit bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; may help provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that may help block the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to help stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

Suggestions for removing ticks:

Grasp the tick as close to the head as possible with tweezers

Pull it straight out in one slow, fluid movement

Dispose by drowning in alcohol

 

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