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Cytomegalovirus / CMV / Feline Herpes / Toxoplasmosis / Canine Herpes

Cytomegalovirus  in Cats / CMV / Feline Herpes / Feline Rhinopneumonitis (FVR) / Toxoplasmosis / Canine Herpes 

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to viral infections such as cytomegalovirus.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found throughout your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that helps keep 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 resilient and powerful and is designed to support normal, balanced function, referred to as homeostasis. The immune system is not intended 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 to return to a state of balanced immunity. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease and infection. 

Cytomegalovirus, also known as CMV, is related to the herpes virus, also called feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR), rhinotracheitis virus and feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV-1). It is one of the most common causes of upper respiratory infections in cats. Many dogs and cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives, and the condition can remain dormant, with your pet showing no symptoms (asymptomatic), yet can become activated if your pet's immunity is compromised.

Cats of all sizes, ages and breeds are susceptible to feline herpes. Up to 90 percent of all cats may be infected with herpes FHV-1. Many kittens become infected at birth from their mothers. Most cats will remain carriers throughout their lives without presenting symptoms. Cats in the greatest risk categories include senior, kitten, immuno-compromised and convalescing, and cats in stressful, crowded environments, such as shelters and catteries, as well as specific breeds such as Persians. 

The most common way for the cytomegalovirus to spread is through contact with discharge from an infected cat’s eyes, mouth or nose, from grooming and in sharing litter boxes, food and water dishes. 

Multiple-pet households also have a greater risk of infection because of the ease in which the virus can be passed through nose, mouth and eye discharge, even when the infected pet is not showing any symptoms.   

Remember: Humans and dogs are not at risk for catching feline herpes, and cats cannot catch the strains of herpes that humans carry.

Symptoms of Cytomegalovirus:

Sneezing attacks (sneezing is very rare in cats; less so for dogs)

Watery nose discharge

Watery eye discharge 

Watery mouth discharge

Conjunctivitis

Pink eye

Lesions in the eyes

Lesions around the eyes

Eye ulcers

Congestion

Fever

Depression

Loss of appetite

Drooling

Squinting

Lethargy

Toxoplasmosis is another form of the cytomegalovirus, and is an infection caused by the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite. It is one of the most common parasitic diseases, mostly affecting cats, but dogs can also host the parasite. Cats and dogs can become infected by contracting the T. gondii parasite through infected soil or from eating feces.

The T. gondii parasite completes its life cycle in the animal host, however, cats (not dogs) are able to pass the parasite through the feces and into the environment, continuing its life cycle.  

Both acute and chronic forms of toxoplasmosis occur. The chronic form is usually a low-grade disease without any clinical symptoms. The acute form of toxoplasmosis usually presents symptoms, affecting cats at a greater ratio than dogs. 

Symptoms of toxoplasmosis include:

Lethargy

Fever

Weight loss

Shortness of breath

Difficulty walking

Seizures

Tremors

Muscular weakness

Partial paralysis

Complete parlaysis

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Abdominal Pain

Jaundice

Loss of appetite

Pain

Sadness

Depression

Inflammation of the tonsils

Inflammation of the retina 

Inflammation of middle part of the eye

Inflammation of the cornea

Canine Herpes

The canine herpes virus is commonly known as CHV and is the leading cause of death in puppies younger than 3 weeks old. The virus can cause mild respiratory illness which dogs with healthy immune systems can usually overcome.

The canine herpes virus can be sexually transmitted. Adult dogs can be latent carriers and show no symptoms (asymptomatic) for years of the disease. The virus is estimated to affect 2 out of 3 dogs.  

Symptoms of Canine Herpes may include:

Lack of appetite

Refusal to nurse

Crying

Whining

Lethargy

Diarrhea

Depression

Blisters on vaginal wall of female dogs

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies are used to help reduce symptoms of viral infections; to help promote general, tonic systemic health in dogs and cats; to help boost and/or balance immunity as needed; to help work in concert with your pet's immune system which may provide protection against infection; to help soothe and relax all bodily systems affected by infection; for its natural anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties; to adjunctively help support symptoms of incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV); for all types of Herpes virus; to help promote immunity and reduce inflammation; for diseases and conditions related to infection; to help maintain the normal balance of native micro flora in the gut; to help promote and restore liver and digestive health.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat and nerves; as a neurasthenic for nerve pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous, antiviral, neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide 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); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gum.  

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically for Candida including systemic Candida 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) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Life’s An Itch Flavored Capsules – (learn more)  is used holistically for its nutritional content may help address symptoms related to all types of acute and chronic allergies (including Acute Moist, Atopic, Contact, Environmental and Food Allergies; natural plant chemicals are proven to help relieve and help eliminate food allergies AND allergy sensitivities; may help limit inflammatory response and help cool histamine and mast activation and cell response in the animal body; to help address symptoms of upper respiratory infection and conditions, including sneezing, wheezing, coughing, mucous production and labored breathing; adaptogen content may help limit and potentially help disable allergen triggers once an allergy has occurred by disabling protein production related to allergen triggers; may help dismantle the itch/scratch cycle; adaptogen content may help boost or balance immunity as needed and help address chronic reoccurring respiratory infections such as bronchitis or asthma; may help address and provide relief to symptoms related to hot spots, skin rashes, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, rubbing, foot chewing, biting, fur pulling, pain and inflammation by working from the inside out to help cool allergen response. Contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antioxidant & decongestant plant properties; safe for all life stages of dogs and cats.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce 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) and fever; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms 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 mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

 

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