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Feline Skin Parasites

Feline Skin Parasites

Herbal remedies to address and treat common feline skin parasites.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as allergens. When your animal’s immune system reacts to an irritating substance, it is considered to be an allergic reaction.

A parasite is an organism that gets its nourishment by feeding either on or within another animal and it is fairly common for our pets to become the unhappy hosts to a number of unwanted organisms. Parasites can be broken down into two main groups, the external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and ear mites, and the internal parasites such as worms which live inside the body and can affect a number of organs. Examples of internal parasites include heartworm, roundworm, and tapeworm.

External parasites, especially fleas are a worrisome problem 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 parasites such as mange 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.

Internal parasites are a common problem affecting almost all pets at some point in their lives. In fact most pets will have intestinal worms either before birth or within the first few months of life. It is therefore necessary to regularly treat animals against worms aiming at preventing 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 heartworm, bladder worm and eye worm.

External parasites are a part of the environment and they will jump at any opportunity to attach themselves to a comfy host such as your pet. Keeping your pets out of long grass and making sure their immediate environments are parasite free will go a long way in preventing parasites such as ticks and fleas. Internal parasites on the other hand have numerous ways of infecting your pet.

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, including:

Flea Bite Dermatitis

Sarcoptic mange

Demodectic mange

Scabies

External parasites are a part of the environment and they will jump at any opportunity to attach themselves to a comfy host such as your pet. Keeping your pets out of long grass and making sure their immediate environments are parasite free will go a long way in preventing parasites such as ticks and fleas. Exposure to other dogs and cats (in kennels) can also increase the risk of skin parasites greatly.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used as a natural parasite repellant for ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, coccidian and protozoal Giardia to keep parasites in check, acts as a digestive tonic to promote digestive health, to cleanse and detoxify the colon and bowel and to detoxify the blood, forpesticides, 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 and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Get Well Soon (learn more) is as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic (kills cancer cells) therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), 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, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used 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, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Related Products:

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes 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, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, 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), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Stix & Stones  (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

Helpful suggestions:

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

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 not as easy to spot, but in the case of intestinal parasites, worm segments or eggs can often be notices 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.

There is no single treatment that will kill all parasites, but there are a number of different products that will help keep parasites in check and treat any infestations. Remember that prevention is the key and all pets should be on some form of preventative treatment to keep parasites away.

There are a number of products such as Frontline Plus, Revolution, and Advantage that will help to keep your pet free from external parasites like ticks and fleas. Make sure you use only trusted products as harsh chemicals may be harmful to your pet. Conventional treatments for internal parasites vary depending on what parasite your pet has. There is no single "de-wormer" that 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.

 

 

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