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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Natural remedies for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and low energy in lethargic dogs and cats. .

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

The immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, supporting healthy immune response, enhancing growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, for all types of arthritis, cancer, tumors, to protect healthy cellular response, to protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

If your pet is tired, listless, lacking energy and not playing, running or exercising as normal, your pet may be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and associated low energy. Some changes are obvious and inevitable due to the aging process, such as sleeping more, less interested in exercise but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome persists longer than 6 months and associated with extreme fatigue and lethargy.  

Low energy may also be a symptom of various underlying systemic disorders such as anemia, intestinal worms, hypothyroidism, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders and cancer. Obesity, heat stroke, depression, nutritional deficiencies, an inadequate diet, exposure to toxins even boredom can contribute low energy levels and a decrease in activity.

Changes in movement behavior may indicate joint problems, circulatory, ear or eye issues; changes in elimination patterns often indicate kidney, blood sugar, digestive, hormonal or metabolic issues. Paying close attention to your dog and cat’s patterns, and noting variation from normal activity can help you and your veterinarian determine whether organ systems may be compromised and help you address or accommodate changes.

Common behavioral changes in older animals:

Uncharacteristic aggression:  A normally gentle dog or cat may suddenly turn aggressive as he ages due to changes in his body, such as loss of hearing or vision, which results in the dog being easily startled; physical pain, such as painful joints, gum or dental problems, etc; diseases that directly affect the nervous system (e.g. cognitive dysfunction); reaction to certain drugs.

If your aging dog is showing signs of aggressiveness, it is important that he be checked by a veterinarian to find out the underlying cause.

Separation Anxiety

Some older dogs and cats may show typical signs of separation anxiety (e.g. barking, chewing, eliminating in inappropriate places, etc.) when they are left alone.

There are several possible reasons:

Older animals, like people, tend to be more "set in their ways" and thus have a decreased ability to cope with changes.

Older dogs and cats may suffer from a loss in their hearing or vision. As such, they may feel insecure and unsure of his surroundings.

Separation anxiety in older dogs and cats may be triggered by aging-related health problems. When dogs experience pain or physical discomfort, they tend to need more physical attention and closeness from their owner.

Sleeplessness

Just like people, some aging dogs tend to wake up in the middle of the night and cannot go back to sleep and may whine to get attention, or pace through the house.

Possible reasons include:

physical pain;

anxiety due to loss of vision or hearing;

the need to relieve himself more often.

Herbs such as valerian root and chamomile can be used to calm an aggressive, nervous or sleepless dog or cat.  

Inappropriate Elimination

Sometimes a dog that has been properly house-trained will start soiling the house here and there when he gets older. This may be due to a number of reasons:

Physical diseases (such as chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections, bladder stones, bladder infections, kidney problems, or liver disease) can cause a dog to lose control of his bladder or bowel. Curing or managing the physical disease can solve the house-soiling problem. If you suspect that your aging dog's "accidents" are caused by a physical disease, take him to the vet for a check-up.

Physical pain such as arthritis or loss of vision may hinder the dog from getting up and going outside to relieve himself. If arthritis or difficult movement is stopping your dog to go outside to relieve himself, consider training him to use an indoor toilet.

Cognitive problem may also cause house-soiling in older dogs as they are unaware of what they are doing. Treating and managing the underlying physical ailment can solve this problem, so work together with your vet if your aging dog starts having "accidents" around the house.

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Sometimes an aging dog that shows some of the behavioral changes mentioned above does not have any other health problems (such as arthritis or hearing loss). The dog may just be suffering from a disorder known as canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD). According to a study, around 60% of dogs 10 years and older has this disorder.

Common symptoms of CCD include:

Confusion or disorientation (e.g. The dog may not be able to find his way home from his own back yard).

Aggression because the dog cannot recognize his friends or family members.

Restlessness, circling, stiffness or weakness.

Sleeplessness or a change in sleeping patterns.

House-soiling.

Increased vocalization.

Decreased activity level.

Decreased attentiveness or staring into space.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have a long history of providing tonic benefits in restoring energy levels, vigor, vitality and stamina in animals who display lethargy or aging, to rejuvenate and sharpen physical and mental performance and endurance, safely, gently and without harsh side effects.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite – (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) supports adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

There are a number of things that you can do to restore energy levels in your pet, and these include:

Feed your pet high quality, commercial food or an all natural diet without preservatives, additives and colorants

Always ensure that your pet has fresh, clean water available and that he drinks regularly to avoid dehydration

Exercise your pet regularly to keep him healthy and fit

Avoid exposing your pet to toxins and chemicals such as household detergents, pesticides and fertilizers

De-worm your dog or cat regularly

Update your pet’s vaccinations

Take your pet for annual check ups at your vet

Related Products:

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

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, 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, for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

Conventional Remedies:

A thorough physical examination and a series of diagnostic tests such as a complete blood count, biochemical profile, x-rays, ultrasound, urine, fecal and blood samples including an eye and neurological examination will be performed to rule out any other disorders. Treatment will be based on treating the underlying cause and certain medications will be prescribed. However, to increase energy and vigor in your pet, always feed your pet a healthy, well balanced diet.

Most sluggishness and health problems are related to poor dietary requirements. Your pet should be eating a grain free, holistic diet, containing fiber, vitamin-rich fish oils for a healthy skin and coat, essential vitamins and minerals to strengthen the immune system and healthy grains to boost energy levels. Encourage exercise and play in your pet from an early age, supplement with the appropriate vitamins and have routine visits to your local vet to promote overall health and well-being.

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