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Herbal treatments for dogs and cats to control ticks and prevent tick bites.
Pet supplements to help prevent tick infection 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 balanced, normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, your pet will require whole body systemic support.

Ticks are blood-sucking skin parasites that latch and feed on the blood of their hosts, and as a result transmit diseases. Although a tick bite does not usually cause pain, the affected area may become irritated and lead to skin inflammation or bacterial infection if your pet scratches. If left untreated, tick-borne illnesses can cause serious health complications such as paralysis and can sometimes even be fatal.

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. The bacterial agent responsible to Lyme disease is the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi.

Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (black legged 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.

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 can exist without the cell wall, but also, the bacteria can change forms or hide to avoid detection by introduction of antibiotics into the body, making antibiotics useless in some cases. 

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.

A skin lesion results from a tick bite and is followed by heart and nervous system involvement, and later on by 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.

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.

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.

If you suspect that your dog or cat has been bitten by a tick, consult your vet. A thorough examination of your pet and attached tick will be performed. A complete blood count will be taken and various tests may be performed to confirm the exact diagnosis of tick-borne diseases. Preventative measures are very important to protect your pet against ticks.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies can be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for tick bites and tick borne diseases including all types of Lyme disease; to stop cellular irregularities, mutations and cell death caused by all types of Lyme: as an adjunctive to antibiotics; as a clarifier to chronic steroid and antibiotic use; as a restorative liver tonic; to promote systemic liver health; to improve red blood cell integrity, immunity & liver functioning; to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss.

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 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 plus much more. 

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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides 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).

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports healthy immune and inflammatory response; for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD) & arthrosis; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; for pain; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function & as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Tick removal: 

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
Conventional Remedies:
Your vet may recommend vaccinations for your pet to immunize him against Lyme disease. There are several products to remove and control ticks and these including using sprays, topical spot-on products, dips and chemical collars. Speak to your vet about the most effective product to use as some of these products are quite harsh for your pet’s skin and cause some serious side effects.
Alternatively, you can remove the tick yourself by using a pair of tweezers to pull it out. Remember to always wear gloves, place the tweezers level with the skin, squeeze, grip firmly and pull the tick straight up. However, if you are unsure about doing this, speak to your vet. Never burn, cut or uses petroleum jelly to remove the tick.
Herbal remedies can be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for tick bites and tick borne diseases including all types of Lyme disease; to stop cellular irregularities, mutations and cell death caused by all types of Lyme: as an adjunctive to antibiotics; as a clarifier to chronic steroid and antibiotic use; as a restorative liver tonic; to promote systemic liver health; to improve red blood cell integrity, immunity & liver functioning; to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss.

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