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Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs / Chronic Bronchitis in Cats

Chronic Bronchitis in Dogs / Chronic Bronchitis in Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms of chronic bronchitis in dogs and cats. 

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign cells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is powerful and tasked with supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not supposed to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Chronic bronchitis, also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is the result of mucous membranes in the bronchi becoming inflamed, producing a chronic, troubling cough in your pet. 

Respiratory infections in pets are caused by harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria or fungi which may bring about a combination eye, nose, and throat and sinus problems. In addition, a weakened immune system, irritants such as pollution or chemicals and other underlying diseases may also contribute to respiratory infections in pets.

COPD can be caused by a number and/or combination of bacterial and viral agents called Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine Para influenza. Other less common agents such as Adenovirus Types 1 and 2 and Mycoplasma may also cause kennel cough. COPD is a highly contagious respiratory infection affecting dogs and cats, but tends to be more common in dogs. 

Common symptoms and signs may include:

Dry, hacking sound

Pet trying to clear throat

Pet appears to have something is stuck in throat

Honk-like, coarse, dry cough

Large amount of foamy mucus

Phlegm occurs after coughing

Retching

Gagging

Rhinitis 

Conjunctivitis 

Helpful suggestions:

Feed your pet a premium, holistic home cooked, raw or all natural kibble, free of chemicals, inferior proteins, corn wheat and soy

Give your pet fresh, clean filtered water daily

Give your pet immune boosting supplements daily as part of the diet

Exercise your pet regularly by taking him for walks or stimulating play

Ensure that your pet is properly vaccinated before introducing to a kennel, daycare , shows, etc. 

Keep kennels and living areas clean, dry and disinfected

Make sure that living areas are well ventilated and that there is ample air flowing through from the inside to outside

If your pet has bronchitis, do not allow them to be in contact with other pets to decrease risk of spreading the infection dog has kennel cough, do not allow him to have contact with other dogs as this increase the risk of infection

Avoid sharing your pet's food and water bowls as well as toys with other pets

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

Herbal remedies are used for their natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory support properties to help provide symptomatic relief of bronchitis and may help alleviate infections of the respiratory tract; may help provide respiratory support to relieve dry, hacking coughs,throat irritation, sneezing and wheezing; may help reduce symptoms of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose; may help boost the immune system; may act as a tonic to strengthen and tone immune system balance; may help support systemic health of your pet and may help support and reinforce the natural healing process.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal. 

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; 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. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Let's Get This Party Started! – (learn more) may help provide critical vitamins and minerals often missing in commercial diets as well as home cooked diets; may help promote luxurious skin, coat, hair shaft and follicle strength by helping improve blood circulation and oxygen flow; may help improve nutrient assimilation and digestion; may help soothe the belly and balance digestion; may be used as a topical healing agent to help promote rapid relief from pesky mosquito, fly and tick bites, rashes, hot spots, allergic reactions, wounds, and all types of skin irritations; may help promote healthy colon cleansing; aided by a nontoxic assortment of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal natural plant-based essential oils.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; as an antioxidant and for its free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; works to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Conventional Remedies:

This condition is transmitted when dogs are in close contact with each in an enclosed environment (kennels, dog shows or animal shelters) or through sharing food and water bowls. When a dog coughs or barks, the bacteria become airborne and if inhaled by another dog, kennel cough develops.

If your dog’s cough persists or fever, depression, abnormal nasal discharge or lung sounds are present, you should consult your vet immediately. A physical examination, chest-x-ray and complete blood count will be performed to rule out any other health complications.

Bronchitis is self-limiting and symptoms usually resolve on its own within one to two weeks without treatment. Vaccinations against kennel cough are available and are quite effective in minimizing this disorder. These annual and bi-annual vaccinations include Adenovirus type 1 and 2, Para influenza and Bordatella bronchiseptica and may be administered in the form of injection or nasal drops.

The nasal vaccine like Bordetella tends to produce a higher level of immunity than the injectable vaccines. Your vet will most likely suggest an additional booster if your dog is exposed to other dogs, for instance at dog training or at a boarding facility.

 

 

Treatment includes cough suppressants for mild coughs while antibiotics may be prescribed for severe, persistent coughs accompanied with a fever and to prevent secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia.

 

 

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