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Degenerative Conditions in Dogs / Degenerative Conditions in Cats


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Degenerative Conditions in Dogs / Degenerative Conditions in Cats

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of degenerative conditions such as degenerative joint disease and denerative myelopathy in dogs and cats.

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons. The health of the skeletal system is directly tied and related to health of the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries, genetics, diet and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative diseases and can trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

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 types of foreign invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

Degenerative Joint Disease, also called osteoarthritis, is a condition that commonly affects dogs and cats where the cartilage surrounding the joint changes or is damaged, breaks down slowly and deteriorates as a result of wear and tear. Degenerative joint disease can present at any age, but senior dogs and cats are more susceptible. 

Degenerative Joint Disease involves the break down of cartilage combined with areas of bone, typically affecting the hip, spine knees, elbows and wrist joints. The disease is extremely painful, chronic (ongoing), progressive and will worsen with time. Your pet may present changes in behavior, including pain, irritability, depression, whimpering, aggression, nervousness, or withdrawal from pet owners.

Dogs tend to be more susceptible than cats, and some large breed dogs are more prone to joint and bone problems, including Labrador s ,Golden retrievers and German shepherds. If diagnosed early, Degenerative Joint Disease is manageable and your pet may continue to enjoy quality of life.   

Common symptoms of Degenerative Conditions include:

Reduced level of activity

Difficulty getting up and down

Difficulty running

Difficulty jumping

Difficulty climbing stairs

Difficulty grooming

Sore or swollen joints

Stiffness

Lameness

Limping

Yelping when getting up or lying down

Stiff legs and gait when walking

Falling behind on walks

Reduced interest in walking or running

Cries or whines in pain when the affected joint is touched

Sensitive to cold weather

Lethargy

Degenerative Conditions, including Degenerative Joint Disease is related to many factors including:

Trauma

Excess weight

Obesity

Excessive wear and tear on the joints and cartilage

Congenital defects from birth related to hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, dislocation of the shoulder or kneecap

Underlying diseases (i.e. diabetes)

Overuse of gluco and corticosteroid medication

Degenerative myelopathy (DM), also known as Multiple Sclerosis, is an uncommon, progressive degenerative disease of the nerves in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that causes hind limb weakness and paralysis. Eventually, MS will also affect the front limbs. Multiple Sclerosis disrupts the normal communication pathways between the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of coordination and eventual paralysis. It primarily affects purebred dogs.

Localization of the disease includes lesions is in the white matter pathways of the spinal cord that are also scattered throughout the white matter of the brain. The disease destroys the protective myelin tissue that covers the nerves.

The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (DM) start gradually, usually in adult dogs over 5 years of age. Early in the course of the disease, affected dogs and cats will start to lose muscle coordination and balance in their hind legs, called ataxia. The dog will develop slight or incomplete hind end paralysis, called paraparesis, which will progress to total rear end paralysis, called paraplegia. The condition will be accompanied by varying degrees of urinary and/or fecal incontinence.

As a dog or cat loses its ability to stand and use its hind legs, it may develop bed sores (ulcers) and wounds from urine scalding, which can be extremely painful. It usually takes somewhere between 6 and 12 months for full pelvic paralysis to develop in dogs with DM.

The ability to chew and swallow may also be affected. When all 4 legs are paralyzed, the condition is called “tetraplegia.” Tetraplegia usually occurs within several years of the diagnosis. The dog’s sensory perception abilities are unaffected by this disease, and most affected dogs do not suffer from pain.

Symptoms of Degenerative Myelopathy:

Dragging of the rear paws

Knuckling-over on the rear toes

Sores on top of the rear paws

Abnormal wear of the rear toenails

Lameness; limping (starts in the hind end; progresses to the forelimbs)

Spastic, long-strided rear movement

Difficulty jumping, running, rising or walking

Balance and coordination abnormalities (ataxia)

Muscle wasting of the hindquarters from disuse and neurogenic atrophy; mild to progressively profound

Incomplete paralysis of the hind legs (paraparesis)

Complete paralysis of the hind legs (paraplegia); inability to stand or walk

Incontinence (urinary and/or fecal)

Urine scalding

Bed sores

Incomplete paralysis of all legs (tetraparesis)

Complete paralysis of all four legs (tetraplegia)

Difficulty chewing or swallowing

Difficulty breathing

A number of other disorders mimic the signs and symptoms of MS, including intervertebral disk disease, myelitis, degenerative lumbosacral stenosis, spinal cord neoplasia (cancer) and hip dysplasia, among others.

Some owners mistakenly assume that their older pets are developing arthritis, when DM is actually the culprit. Affected animals usually become incontinent late in the progression of the disease, although it does not seem to be accompanied by pain. One of the key clinical features of canine degenerative myelopathy is the absence of any localizable spinal pain.

The mean age of affected dogs is 9 years, with males and females being equally affected. It is extremely uncommon for young dogs to develop MS.

Once a dog is diagnosed with DM, a pet owner can do a number of things to manage the consequences of the disease, which include urine retention (owners can manually express their dog’s bladder), urinary tract infection, weight gain from inability to ambulate and skin lesions from urine scalding.

It is critically important that dogs affected by degenerative myelopathy receive meticulous supportive care and good hygiene, especially in their “rear end” area, to prevent accumulation of waste products, bed sores, urine scalding and secondary bacterial infection.

There is no cure or effective treatment for canine MS (DM), and the long-term prognosis is poor. Most dogs will lose the ability to walk normally within 6 months of being diagnosed. With early detection, diagnosis and supportive care may be helpful. Owners must provide unwavering supportive care to maintain their pet’s quality of life, especially once it loses the ability to stand and move independently. Smaller dogs may survive longer than larger dogs, likely because it is easier for their owners to provide supportive care.

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

Herbal Remedies for Degenerative Joint Disease:

Herbal remedies provide plant and marine based pain relief from the discomfort of Degenerative Joint Disease and arthritis; may help limit inflammatory response; may help provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions; may help support the cartilage matrix and renew synovial fluid to help correct degeneration of cartilage and bone; may help support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons; may help support joints and connective tissue and relieve stiff and aching joints; may help support balanced immunity; may help repair or rebuild collagen related to bones, connective tissues and eye and teeth health. 

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

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.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, 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; 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; plus 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.

That’s A Nice Looking Bone – (learn more) used holistically to help address all types of Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption; for its plant actions to help support bone mineral density, potentially increasing bone mass; for its ability to help restore lost cartilage and bone deterioration and to provide nutritional support for joints, muscles and tissue; for its nutritive content to address mineral deficiency; to help support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity; for its oestradiol compounds which may help address urinary incontinence.

Helpful suggestions: 

Manage your pet’s weight . If your pet is overweight, it puts more strain on their joints and worsens symptoms

Make sure that your pet gets enough gentle exercise. Taking your pet for a walk or a swim will help strengthen the body, including bones and connective tissues. Avoid strenuous exercise when injury or degenerative conditions are present. 

Feed your dog or cat a premium holistic diet, raw or home cooked diet, that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Build ramps so that your pet does not have to walk up stairs

Elevate food and water bowls to make eating and drinking easier for pets

Provide a soft and comfortable sleeping environment (like a plush comfortable bed) or an orthopedic foam bed for your pet

Keep your dog and cat warm during cold weather when joint conditions usually worsen. Add an extra blanket to the pile and make sure where your pet sleeps is heated. 

Apply a hot water bottle, heating pads or warm, soaked towels to the affected areas to relieve pain and stiffness

Massage your pet or ask your vet to perform physical therapy on the affected area to soothe and promote range of movement

Add immune boosting supplements to your pet's diet

Ensure that your pet has sufficient rest, especially during the recovery period

Herbal Treatments for Degenerative Myelopathy:

Herbal remedies provide plant and marine based pain relief and help to limit the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (Canine Degenerative Myelopathy); may help to limit pain and inflammatory response; may help  provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions; may help support balanced immunity; may help support the cartilage matrix and renew synovial fluid to help correct degeneration of cartilage and bone; may help support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves and tendons; may help support joints and connective tissue and relieve stiff and aching joints.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

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.

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