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Central Nervous System Support in Dogs and Cats

Natura Petz supplement to hep support the central nervous system in dogs and cats.

Central Nervous System Support in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help support the Central Nervous System and reduce stress in dogs and cats.

Animals routinely experience irregularities in their bodily systems, including the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a nutritional and phytochemical correction to help restore system chemistry, help restore emotional balance, to help promote relaxation and reduce nervousness and to help balance mood and provide feelings of comfort and security.

Many dogs and cats experience emotional distress for a variety of reasons, including environmental and situational stressors such as traveling, boarding, daycare, vet and grooming visits, introduction into a new home, re-homing, loss of a family member or family pet, separation from owners, visiting guests, transitional or traumatic events, competitive events, abuse, an inappropriate diet (one which contains processed foods including corn, wheat, soy or other fillers) and general anxiety that is commonly experienced that includes irregular behaviors manifest as urine marking, excessive scratching, panting, trembling or shivering.

The nervous system delivers information throughout the body and supports communication between the senses. It also is command central for decision making, including the brain, and the muscles and organs that carry out actions.

The autonomic nervous system controls internal body functions that are not under conscious control. When a dog or cat chases prey, the autonomic nervous system automatically increases the rate of breathing and heartbeat. The autonomic nervous system also dilates the blood vessels that carry blood to the muscles, releases glucose from the liver, and other adjustments to enable the body for a sudden increase in activity.

When the chase has ended, the nervous system automatically slows down all processes and resumes all the normal body activities like the digestion of food.

The nerves of the autonomic nervous system originate in the spinal cord and pass out between the vertebrae to serve the various organs. There are two main parts to the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system.

The sympathetic system stimulates the “flight or fight” response that allows an animal to respond to a threat, such as an attacking animal or to to make a sudden departure. The sympathetic system increases the heart and respiratory rates, as well as the amount of blood flowing to the skeletal muscles while simultaneously reducing blood flow to less critical regions like the gut and skin. It causes the pupils of the eyes to dilate and its effects can be likened to adrenaline.

The parasympathetic system has the opposite effect on the sympathetic system. It maintains the normal functions of the relaxed body, the "rest and digest" functions of the body. It promotes effective digestion, stimulates elimination through defecation and urination and maintains a regular heartbeat and rate of breathing.

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which also includes the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

Animals have complex nervous systems that receive and interpret sensory signals from the environment and then send out messages to direct the animal’s response. 

Animals have a two-part nervous system: The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the animal’s brain and central neurons, which are located in the head and along the back.

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) consists of all the nerves that travel from the CNS to the rest of the animal’s body.

The nervous system has three basic functions:

  1. Sensory function senses changes both outside and inside the animal body. Outside the body, the eyes sense changes in light and the ear responds to sound waves. Inside the body, receptors in the stomach indicate when it is full and chemical receptors in the blood vessels monitor the acidity of the blood.
  1. Integrative function includes processing information received from the sensory organs. The impulses from these organs are analyzed and stored as memory and each different impulse from each source is sorted, synchronized, coordinated and then the correct body response is triggered. The power to integrate, remember and apply experience gives higher animals much of their superiority.
  1. Motor function is the final response to the stimuli that causes muscles to contract or glands to secrete. All nervous tissue is made up of nerve cells or neurons which transmit high-speed signals called nerve impulses, which can be likened to an electric current.

In all animals with a backbone, the Central Nervous System consists of a brain and a spinal cord. The brain contains centers that process information from the sense organs, centers that control emotions and intelligence, and centers that regulate the physiological balance of the body (homeostasis). The spinal cord controls the flow of information to and from the brain.

Both the brain and the spinal cord are highly protected. They sit within a liquid called cerebrospinal fluid that guards the Central Nervous System against shocks caused by movement and they're protected by the bones of the skull and vertebrae. The Central Nervous System also supports the brain and spinal cord by supplying nutrients and helping to remove wastes.

The blood-brain barrier, which is created by the capillaries surrounding the brain, provides yet another layer of protection because the capillaries are highly selective about what they allow to enter the brain or cerebrospinal fluid. A final layer of protection is the meninges, two layers of connective tissue that surround the brain and spinal cord.

From the Central Nervous System, the nervous system branches off into the PNS, this is divided into two systems:

Somatic nervous system: This part of the Parasympathetic Nervous System carries signals to and from the skeletal muscles. It controls many of an animal’s voluntary responses to signals in its environment.

Autonomic nervous system: This part of the Parasympathetic Nervous System controls the mostly involuntary internal processes in the body, such as heartbeat and digestion. It has two divisions that work opposite each other to maintain homeostasis:

There is much you can do to help your pet cope with stress. You can identify the cause of stress and make changes to environment which help your pet avoid the stress response in the future.

The solution may be as simple as providing an herbal supplement prior to a storm, when visiting your veterinarian, when guests visit or when you travel.  In other cases, it may be more serious and require treatment or advice from a veterinarian.

Helpful suggestions

Your pet can become very anxious and distressed during a lightning storm or when fireworks are let off nearby. If your pet becomes distressed, stay calm and provide your pet with coping tools, such as a box to retreat to when feeling fearful or adding in a calming supplement.  

Ensure your pet gets regular exercise. Keeping your animal physically active helps relieve stress by burning off stress-related hormones such as adrenaline, while releasing happiness-inducing endorphins. 

Feed a premium holistic diet free of corn, wheat, soy and preservatives. A balanced diet will energize your pet’s body and help him or her to cope better with stressful situations. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies can help promote a calm and relaxed state; to help soothe stress, fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances; to help address the sudden and immediate symptoms of stress, such as quivering and panting; to help relieve the anxiety and tension related to stress; to help cope with anxiety and nervousness by working on a variety of bodily systems to help provide whole systemic support, relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, allowing your animal to distinguish between a safe vs. fearful situation.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and plant botanical support that works on all animal body systems to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help address and reduce pain; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Anxiety Starter Pack for Dogs and Cats – (learn more) is a convenient and easy way to help relax anxious, stress or homesick pets, containing natural, organic super foods, herbs and adaptogens which help to nutritionally soothe anxious, stressed and homesick dogs and cats by helping relax the Central Nervous, autonomic, sympathetic, somatic & parasympathetic nervous systems; helps to relax stress triggers related to the adrenal, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory, muscular & respiratory systems, for whole body balance; is mildly nervine & sedative; it does not drug your pet but helps relax muscles, lowers blood pressure & promotes feelings of security and helps reduce separation anxiety; may be useful for short term and episodic stress and anxiety related to travel, storms, vet and grooming visits, adoption, pain and much more; is a natural tonic, which helps to strengthen all body systems & works to nutritionally help restore emotional and immune balance.

Baby Love Bits  (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility; as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex; helps prevent against flea and tick infestations; supports the Central Nervous System; stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism; aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance; improves liver function and liver health; purifies whole bodily systems; keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy; used holistically for gum disease; helps promote strong healthy bones and connective tissues; to help support native gut flora related to Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD); for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

Conventional Remedies:

The common conventional treatments for stressed animals include tranquilizer-like medications, such as Fluoxetine (Prozac, Reconcile). Please consider that these drugs may be unsuitable for pets with weakened hearts or other health conditions and may be accompanied by side effects.

Natural supplements can assist your pet to relax the Autonomic Nervous System, without the side effects of synthetic drugs.





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