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Demodicosis in Dogs and Cats


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Demodicosis in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of demodicosis and demodectic mange.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at balanced function and is not supposed to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

Demodectic mange also known as demodex, demodicosis or red mange, is caused by an over population of demodectic mites. There are a number of different species of this type of parasitic mite, and they usually live in the hair follicles of our pets.

These mites are almost always transmitted from mother to young in the first few weeks of life, and generally live in harmony on your pet without causing any problems. However, when something such as malnutrition, a weakened immune system, or intense stress disrupts this natural balance, these mites can reproduce rapidly and become out of control.

Because the mites that cause demodectic mange live in the hair follicles of dogs, hair loss (also called alopecia) is usually the first symptom that is visible. Hair loss typically begins on the head area, often starting around the eyes and muzzle. Other symptoms include crusty, red skin that may look moist in appearance. In some cases, the affected areas can become sensitive and itchy and may even crack and ooze. Mange is terribly painful for your pet, can lead to serious infection and should be considered a medical emergency. 

Demodectic mange ranges from mild, to very serious and if left untreated, can actually be fatal. In serious cases, hair loss can spread over vast areas of the body, lymph nodes can become swollen, the skin can become inflamed and painful and secondary infections can quickly develop. Some pets become very ill and may develop symptoms such as a fever, lethargy and lose of appetite.

Mange is not caused by unhygienic living conditions or environmental contamination. Demodectic mange is caused by poor immune system function and is most common in puppies with under-developed immune systems or older pets with suppressed immune systems. Corticosteroids or other immune-suppressing drugs may also be related to the presentation of demodectic mange.

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

Herbal nutrition has been used for thousands of years in traditional medical systems to help address bacterial and viral infections; to help boost or balance immunity as needed; to help provide nutritional support to the skin and coat; for its natural plant chemicals which include anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, natural plant steroid and analgesic (pain reliever); as a natural deterrent for fleas, mites and other parasitic and bacterial infections. 

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; 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 gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bites, infections, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies. 

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Pets Love Turmeric – (learn more) is used holistically as an organic, super food botanical from the Amazon that is a highly specialized adaptogen plant, which may carry out a read/repair and restore function, helping to identify metabolic, environment, emotional and oxidative stress in your dog and cat; as a potent anti-oxidant, nutritional content may help fight disease, boost your pet’s immune system, soothe the digestive system and help limit inflammation and pain response throughout the body; natural plant phytochemicals may help address nutritional deficiencies and exert a rejuvenating and restorative effect to bring all body systems into balance, with special emphasis placed on endocrine, neurological, digestive, immune and cardiovascular system functions; may positively affect your pet’s immune health and may help optimize overall wellness; as a natural immune modulator and may help limit inflammation due to natural plant chemicals that help cool inflammatory response throughout a pet’s body; may help improve digestion due to its effects to suppress inflammation in the gut; may help address Alzheimer's disease by helping limit micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neuro/endocrine/cardiovascular link; appropriate for dogs and cats of all life stages.

Conventional Remedies:

If you suspect that your pet may have demodectic mange then a veterinary examination is necessary. As the mites are too small to be seen with the naked eye, a skin scraping or biopsy is often done before an accurate diagnosis can be made.

The cause for the weakened immune system may also be explored, especially in older pets where mange is often a sign that an immune-compromising condition is at hand. Your vet may test for illnesses such as Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, cancer, and heartworm disease in dogs, or Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in cats.

In many cases, the underlying cause of the immune suppression or deficiency must be treated in conjunction with the treatment for mange.

Conventional treatments of mange usually take the form of chemical based lotions, dips and shampoos.

Many of these treatments contain chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide, amitraz and ivermectin, however, it must be noted that these chemicals can be very harsh and cause a number of unwanted side-effects. In cases where demodectic mange is severe or generalized over large areas of the body, antibiotics are often prescribed to guard against serious infection. Antibiotics should not be used unless necessary as they tend to weaken the immune system.

 

 

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