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Parasites in Dogs / Parasites in Cats

Parasites in Dogs and Cats 
Herbal pet supplements to help rid of and help prevent internal and external parasites in dogs and cats. 
Herbal pet supplements to help rid of and prevent internal and external parasites 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. .

A parasite is an organism that gets its nourishment by feeding either on or within another animal. It is common for our dogs and cats to become hosts to a number of unwanted organisms, often with serious health consequences.

Parasites are broken down into two main groups, the external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and ear mites; and internal parasites such as worms which live inside the body and can affect a number of organs, including heart worm, roundworm, and tapeworm.

External parasites, especially fleas, are a concern for pet parents and pets alike. Getting rid of fleas is difficult and pets may develop an allergy sensitivity to flea bites resulting in a condition called flea-bite dermatitis. Other parasites such as mange and ticks can be incredibly harmful to our beloved pets.

Most pets will have intestinal parasites, usually in the form of intestinal worms either before birth or within the first few months of life. It is necessary to regularly treat animals against worms to help prevent parasitic infestation rather than trying to eradicate them once they are a problem. Common internal parasites include intestinal worms such as hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms; and worms that affect other areas of the body such as heart worm, bladder worm and eye worm.

External parasites are a part of the environment and they will jump at any opportunity to attach themselves to your pets as a host. Keeping your pets out of long grass and making sure their immediate environments are parasite free may help prevent parasites such as ticks and fleas. 

Many intestinal worms are contracted when your pet eats the infected larvae in the environment, such as eating infected food, or an infected mouse or flea. But they can also enter the body through the skin, the bottom of their feet and through direct contact with infected bodily fluids. Many kittens and puppies are infected in the uterus before birth or when they are suckling from their mothers.

Fleas are especially worrisome for pet owners and their pets alike. Getting rid of fleas is no easy task, and sensitive pets may even develop an allergy to flea bites resulting in a condition called flea bite dermatitis. Other common dog parasites such as sarcoptic mange mites and ticks can be incredibly harmful to our beloved pets, but the good news is that most external parasites can be avoided to a certain extent with preventative treatments and thorough grooming.

Skin parasites can cause a variety of conditions that include:

Flea Bite Dermatitis

Sarcoptic mange

Demodectic mange

Scabies

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 as a natural anti-parasitic and repellant for ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, coccidian and protozoal Giardia, to help keep parasites in check, to help promote balanced immunity and natural resistance to internal and external parasites, to help act as a digestive tonic to promote digestive health, to help cleanse and detoxify the colon and bowel, to help detoxify the blood, to help rid of inorganic compounds related to pesticides, environmental toxins and chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is used holistically as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic therapy for cancer cells and as a complementary therapy in anti-cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its studied anti-tumorous natural plant chemicals (slows growth), and potential anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, as an adjunctive for cysts and tumors related to fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used adjunctively and holistically for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes 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; 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; 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, supporting 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 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.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS).

Other suggestions: 

Washing your pets bedding regularly and make sure their immediate environment is parasite free. This may include regular vacuuming and washing of curtains and drapes (all the places where fleas and parasite larvae are likely to hide).

If possible, keep your pet clear from long grass and open fields where ticks are likely to be found. Also avoid letting your pet have contact with animals who may be infected or who are not of preventive programs.

Make sure your pets have a healthy sanitation area. Litter boxes should be cleaned regularly and stools should be removed from the garden at least once a week.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will generally check for any signs of parasites when you take your pet in for a check-up. However, because there are so many different types of parasites the signs and symptoms vary greatly. External parasites are usually visible to the naked eye so when grooming your pet it is always a good idea to check for any signs of ticks or fleas.

Internal parasites are difficult to identify, however, worm segments or eggs can often be noticed in your pet’s stool are on the fur surrounding the anus. Your vet will probably take a stool sample which will help to determine what type of parasite is present so that the appropriate treatment can be recommended.

Frontline Plus, Revolution, and Advantage may help to keep your pet free from external parasites like ticks and fleas, however, contain harsh chemicals that my be harmful to your pet. No single "de-wormer" can kill all worm-types and caution should always be taken when administering these medications to your pet.

Over-the counter de-wormers are generally less effective and more dangerous than veterinarian prescribed de-wormers, however even prescription de-wormers have the potential to cause unwanted side-effects and dangerous interactions with other medication. While treating and preventing internal parasites is important, make sure you know the facts and alternatives before giving our pet any new medication.

Make sure your pet is on some form of preventative program for both internal and external parasites. Preventing infestation is much more effective that treating one.

 

 

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