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Tick Borne Disease in Dogs and Cats

Tick Borne Diseases / Lyme Disease
Herbal treatments to help address symptoms and may help relieve pain and discomfort related to tick born diseases including Lyme Disease (Borealis, Burgdorferi,  Borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease) in dogs and cats. 
The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.
Tick-borne diseases are spread between animals through the bite of an infected tick. Dogs and cats, and even humans tend to be susceptible to these diseases. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that latch and feed on animals through their saliva and as a result transmit diseases.
These parasites belong to the arthropod family and are quite easy to recognize – flat and round and attached at the head to your pet’s skin. They live in low bushes, shrubs, lawn and tall grass – the very places that your pet likes to pass through.
Ticks have a life cycle of approximately three months and experience 4 stages – from egg to larva, from larva to nymph and nymph to adult. If left untreated, tick-borne diseases can cause serious health complications and sometimes even be fatal.
Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (blacklegged tick, or bear tick). Dogs are especially susceptible to this disease, while cats are less likely to contract this disease due to constant grooming. This bacterial infection can affect one animal differently to the next. Lyme disease can also affect humans.
Lyme disease was only identified in 1975 when children in the town of Lyme, Connecticut were suffering with symptoms commonly experienced with rheumatoid arthritis. After further research, they were diagnosed with a new condition; the tick-borne illness – Lyme disease.
The bacterial agent responsible to Lyme disease is the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. This disease is found in most countries around the world and transmitted by ticks – small blood-sucking invertebrates. Ticks have a three stage life-cycle (larvae, nymph and adult).
During the nymph stage, Lyme disease transmission 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 species complex. A complete presentation of the disease is an extremely unusual observation in which a skin lesion results from a tick bite and is followed by heart and nervous system involvement, and later on by arthritis. Late involvement of eye, nervous system, joints, and skin can also occur. 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.
The many other symptoms and signs have little diagnostic value. Microbial or serological confirmation of borrelial infection is needed for all manifestations of the disease except for typical early skin lesions. However, even erythema migrans might not be pathognomonic for Lyme borreliosis, especially in the southern part of the USA where there is no microbiological evidence for infection with the agent. Treatment with antibiotics are typically 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.
Although a Lyme vaccine exists, it has not proven to be effective. There is no effective vaccine in development for Lyme.
Research is also ongoing in the treatment of Lyme disease due to its immunomodulation action on neurotoxins. Once infected by Lyme disease, spirochetes or spiral shaped bacteria, worm their way into muscles, tendons and practically every organ in the 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 important 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.
Herbal Nutrition: (Listed in order as suggested by holistic vets)
Herbal remedies may be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for Lyme disease; as an adjunct to the antibiotics; to help promote balanced immune response and to boost immunity when underperforming; 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 promote systemic liver health; to improve red blood cell integrity, immunity and liver function; help to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of 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 mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus 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) helps to promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; 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; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

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.

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.

Conventional Remedies:
Lyme disease can be a debilitating condition for dogs and cats, so if your animal shows signs of Lyme disease, it is very important to act quickly and get your dog to the vet for a check up. Your vet will inspect your animal for ticks visible to the naked eye and blood tests may be performed to check for the bacteria in the blood.
Both animals and humans are generally prescribed amoxicillin or doxycycline for the treatment of Lyme disease (to kill the spirochete). For more advanced cases, Tetracycline or penicillin is also used. Vaccines are available for both pets and humans, although their use is still fairly new and effectiveness has not been established.


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