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Fatigue, Anemia in Dogs and Cats

Fatigue, Anemia in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help address symptoms of fatigue, to help provide nutrition-based energy, to help address anemia and low red blood cell counts due to anemia in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex collection of cells found throughout the body. Immune cells function in a coordinated effort to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, such as allergens, pathogens or system dysfunction.

The complexity of the immune system requires critical nutritional support to ensure balanced immune health. The immune system is not supposed to be suppressed or stimulated. When an animal's immune health becomes compromised, it requires whole body systemic support to help restore balance. 

Dogs and cats that suffer from anemia usually display fatigue. Anemia occurs in animals when they have too low of a number of red blood cells which are responsible for circulating oxygen through the animal body. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein compound that gives blood its red color and transports oxygen to all the essential parts of the body.

When the body produces too low a number of red blood cells, the animal has to work extra hard to supply oxygen throughout the body. Animals with anemia have an increased heart rate which often causes fatigue, pale gums and depression. Anemia can be confused with other conditions and can become dangerous if not treated immediately.

Puppies and kittens are at an increased risk of developing anemia if they are infested with fleas or internal parasites such as worms. The bodies of young puppies and kittens become easily weakened when fleas and worms feed off their blood and cause anemia. Be vigilant in avoiding flea and worm infestation in your animal. Geriatric, convalescing and immuno-compromised animals are also susceptible.

The causes for anemia are divided into 3 primary categories: 

  1. Disease that causes blood loss, which occurs as a result of trauma and injury that damages blood vessels or internal organs in the form of a stomach ulcer; from parasites (fleas, ticks and hookworms); tumors of the intestinal tract; urinary bladder, spleen and kidneys and diseases that prevent proper clotting of blood. Some substances and toxins such as raw or cooked onions, drugs (Tylenol, aspirin), zinc, copper, propylene glycol which is sometimes found in canned food can destroy red cells, creating a life threatening condition in your dog and cat. 
  1. Hemolysis is an immune-mediated disease which causes red blood cells to break down or be destroyed. In immune-mediated diseases, your pet's immune system kills its own red blood cells rather than germs. Hemolytic anemia tends to be more common in dogs, particularly poodles, spaniels and Old English sheepdogs. Female dogs are affected more than males and this disease can strike when they are young or middle aged.

Infectious diseases such as feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency as well as blood parasites like Haemobartonella (affects cats more than dogs) and Babesia (affects dogs more than cats) can lead to hemolysis. Hemolysis may also be caused by cancer, kidney failure, hereditary diseases, blood parasites, cancer, and mechanical damage to the red blood cells, toxic heavy metals and exposure to certain chemicals and drugs.

  1. Insufficient production of red blood cells due to failure of the bone marrow to produce what is required by your pet's body. Diseases, poor nutrition, nutritional imbalances, hypothyroidism, exposure to toxins and chemicals, and any severe, chronic disease such as kidney or liver disease or cancer can all prevent red blood cell production.

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

Herbal remedies can be effective in providing nutritional and phytochemical relief for anemia; help deliver mineral support to strengthen bones and marrow, responsible for producing red blood cells; help function as a liver tonic, cleansing the blood and helping the body to absorb iron from the intestinal tract.

I AM A ROCK STAR - (learn more) may nutritionally help support and nourish the endocrine system; help support adrenal and thyroid gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, help support proper HPA (Hypothalmic Pituitary and Adrenal) gland function, help support glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, help promote hormonal balance, help regulate stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, may help promote cognitive function and memory performance, may help balance blood sugar levels, may lend support to the pancreas in cases of dysfunction; for natural energy in all life stages of pets, but especially adult, senior and convalescing dogs and cats, may help increase muscle use, ability and stamina, may help provide anti-inflammatory and immune support, and may help maintain overall healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems due to tonic, natural plant chemical functions.

The Daily Paws – (learn more)is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder, cancer and for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder; adaptogen content may help identify cellular dysfunction and nutritionally work to restore liver health; may help facilitate liver cell regeneration and may promote renal and digestive excretion; may help provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, a diet which contains fillers, preservatives and chemicals; may help address anemia due to iron content; may help relieve symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence; may help regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels; used holistically for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Dogs Love Maca – (learn more) is a highly specialized super food and adaptogenic herb that may help identify metabolic, environmental, emotional and oxidative stress in your pet (may be used for dogs and cats) and may nutritionally help restore whole body balance in cases of dysfunction; used holistically to help address both Cushing's and Addison's as well as hypothyroidism due to its adaptogenic plant actions to bring gland and hormone production into balance; nutritive, contains atural plant phytochemicals which may help nourish gland health, support proper hormonal response throughout the body, may help counteract adrenal fatigue and may be particularly useful in supporting TSH, T3 and T4 hormone production; may encourage cellular health throughout the body related to gland health; may help regulate stress response and helps support proper metabolic rates, along with cognitive, cardiovascular and reproductive support; tonic in nature, may help tone and strengthen all body systems to help achieve optimal wellness, particularly as it relates to building and maintaining energy, focus and overall system balance.

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a non-GMO, multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system; may be important in cases of anemia in dogs and cats; may help promote healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content; may be helpful in maintaining balanced body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals); may help soothe the stomach and balance digestion; may help reduce symptoms related to conditions and diseases including allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer; may help alkalinize (higher Ph) urine in cases of urinary disorders, acidic urine and for blood purification; for its secondary support of a healthy bladder and strong connective tissue, important in cases of incontinence, bladder loss and bladder weakness.

Conventional Remedies:

Treatment of anemia depends on the underlying cause which may be treated with intravenous fluids and medications. In cases where anemia is severe, a blood transfusion may be required to replace lost blood. In order to maintain optimal health of your pet, ensure that it is fed a healthy diet, exercises regularly and has sufficient water to drink. Keeping your pets free of fleas, ticks and worms can help prevent anemia.

The diagnosis of anemia is based on symptoms such as pale pink or white gingiva (gums), listlessness, weakness and lethargy. Certain blood tests such as the packed cell volume (PCV) which is also called the hematocrit, red blood cell count and hemoglobin count are performed to determine whether your pet is anemic.

A study of a stained blood smear, bone marrow biopsy or aspirate may also provide useful information about whether the bone marrow is producing new red blood cells and what may be causing the anemia. In addition, a urinalysis, biochemical profile and fecal exam may also be performed.

 

 

 

 

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