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Aches & Pains in Dogs / Aches & Pain in Cats

Aches & PainsSupplements to help heal aches & pains in dogs & cats.

Herbal remedies to help reduce symptoms related to pain and conditional needs related to aches and pains in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in cell, organ, skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body and provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes and trace minerals that support skin and the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience that exists in the mind of the one who is experiencing it. Since animals can’t explain their pain, people have long assumed that pets don’t experience pain to the same extent as people. Although general anesthesia keeps them immobile and oblivious to any pain during surgery, pets have historically been under-treated for pain.

As in humans, damaged tissue and muscles release chemicals that sensitize nerve endings. Response to pain travels through the central nervous system up the spinal cord to the cortex of the brain, where pain registers and triggers a protective reflex, known as “learned avoidance.” Learned avoidance teaches pets to avoid repeating the situation attached to pain as well as to protect itself or rest until an injury heals.

Not all pain is severe or sudden and can be managed with natural elements. While antibiotics and steroids are used heavily to reduce inflammation or manage pain, chronic pain can also be relieved with a heat lamp, for pain related to joint pain or arthritis while cold water baths can soothe and reduce symptoms related to an allergy; both which are natural analgesics, or pain relievers. Herbal pain relievers are also available and are safe for dogs and cats alike.

In cases of extreme pain, stress is placed on the immune system, which can reduce immunity, interfere with blood clotting, wound healing and compromise the cardiovascular system.

Extreme pain can also permanently alter neural pathways, creating a neurological memory in your dog or cat, causing the pain to continue long after the injury has healed. Chronic neuropathic pain is extremely difficult to manage for a dog or cat, is also difficult to treat medically and creates a host of other neurological responses, such as neuropathy, or decreased blood flow to the affected area. In severe, never related cases, an anesthesiologist can administer a nerve block into the spinal cord to prevent the pain message from ever reaching the brain.

Pets are susceptible to muscle and joint conditions such as swollen joints. Swollen joints can cause intense discomfort and pain, especially during colder seasons. Dogs and cats are both affected, although larger dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more prone to swollen joints.

Age, wear and tear of the joints over time as well as being overweight can also lead to joint swelling. Swelling of the joints is often associated with muscle and joint problems such as tenderness, warmth, redness, inflammation, stiffness and pain. It is most likely a sign of arthritis, a gradual degenerative joint disease.

Stiffness of the muscles and joints is a common problem, especially in elderly pets. Pet owners often notice there pet is feeling stiff or struggling with joint aches when they walk with a stiff gait or limp, become less active or struggle to get up.

Cold mornings after long periods of rest are often the most difficult for pets with joint or muscle problems and it can take some time for your pet to get going during these mornings.

If you notice any swelling of your pet’s limbs, consult your vet immediately and take preventative measures so more serious health complications do not develop.

Symptoms of aches & pain include:

Morning stiffness

Reduced activity

Pain in the joints

Limping

Whining

Yelping

Shaking when touched

Thickening around the affected joint

Favoring one limb over the other

Lethargy

Difficulty sitting or standing

Reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs

Clicking when walking

Common conditions that cause pain:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Trauma injury to the joint

Sprains or strains

Hip dysplasia

Spondylosis

Spondylitis

Viral infections

Tumors of the joint

Genetic factors

Degenerative joint disease

Scotty Cramp

Eclampsia

Muscle strain

Hip dysplasia

Inflammatory joint disease

Inflamed vertebrae

Anal sac tumors

Bone cancer

Taking preventative measures and making certain lifestyle changes such as weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise and adding natural supplements can make a significant difference to your pet’s health. A more holistic approach that includes acupuncture, chiropractic therapy or massage can also reduce your pet’s symptoms and improve overall wellness.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as analgesics (pain relievers), reducing pain messages from transferring from the nervous system to the brain, used to mitigate pain response and to support the natural healing process, to soothe pain and help to gently clean open wounds, cuts and scrapes, to support the body’s ability to resist infections, to boost immunity, to stimulate new tissue growth for wound healing and promote health in connective tissues, soft tissue, tendons, muscles & bones, to reduce inflammation and inhibit growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi and to speed the healing process from the inside out.  

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level nutritional and adaptogen plant botanical support to help identify stress triggers in all body systems and to nutritionally help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (related to the Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for separation, stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of digestive colic, and stress and anxiety related to storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, new home due to adoption, travel, motion sickness, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, allergies sadness and fear; help address and reduce pain; help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to help modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

Soothed & Serene  – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems of an anxious animal, particularly the Central, Autonomic, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, as well as for its positive effects to relax the endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, excretory & respiratory systems; used holistically to help soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative, nervine effects and alternative to benzodiazepine drugs; as a nutritive to help bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems;  helps restore emotional balance, promotes comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; helps protect the blood brain barrier, important in preventing plaque buildup in the brain related to cognitive decline and as a stroke preventative. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) capsulestincture,  powder may help promote 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; adjunctively and holistically to help address conditional needs of DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to help address conditional needs related to respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); may help inhibit bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; may help provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that may help block the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to help 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.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

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.

 

Conventional Treatments:

After inspecting the affected area, your vet may use a topical wash and/or antibiotic ointment. Your vet may also give your pet an injection of antibiotics combined with a short acting steroid for inflammation and to reduce pain, fever or other associated symptoms. They may also dispense oral antibiotics depending on the severity of the wound.

Cats and dogs have very elastic skin with a fair amount of fatty tissue between the skin and the underlying muscle. In cats, the problem of bacterial growth is especially prevalent because the skin heals too quickly over a puncture, trapping the bacteria under the skin. Once this occurs, drainage and removal of necrotic (damaged and rotten) tissue is performed.

 

 

 

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