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Hepatitis A (HSV)

Hepatitis A (HSV) – Adenovirus

Herbal remedies help relieve symptoms related to Hepatitis A (HSV) in dogs and cats.

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Infectious hepatitis is caused by a virus known as the adenovirus-1. The virus is highly contagious and resilient, able to survive outside of the host for weeks or months. The viral infection affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and eyes in dogs and cats. The disease mostly affects young dogs and cats under one year of age, though it can affect adults. Most cases occur in wild or unvaccinated dogs and cats.

Your animal can contract through direct contact with infected saliva, urine, or feces, either with your dog’s mouth or nose. Even a dog dish that has been licked clean can carry the virus. The tonsils and lymph nodes are the first body parts affected. The incubation period can last four to nine days, after which the virus enters the bloodstream.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A, which can range from mild to severe:

Fever

Loss of appetite

Lethargy

Runny eyes

Runny nose

Nausea

Vomiting

Sore throat

Coughing

Difficulty clotting blood (bleeding around the teeth or spontaneous hematomas in the mouth)

Cloudiness of eye (known as "hepatitis blue eye"), presenting in 25% of cases, and usually in animals under six months old

Increased thirst

Increased urination

Light colored stool

Jaundice

Abdominal pain and enlargement

Swollen lymph nodes

Swelling of tonsils, head, neck, or trunk

Weight loss

Pale tongue, gums, and nose

Vomiting

Bleeding under the skin

Bruising (typically in the mouth)

Seizures

Fever of greater than 104°F lasting one to six days in dogs under one year of age

In mild cases, an animal will display a moderate fever and lethargy, and slight loss of appetite, however, your pet will typically recover in approximately 2 days.

In more severe cases, your animal can develop what is known as a biphasic fever, in which two different sets of symptoms present as the disease progresses, typically between one to six days. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea and vomit, tucked in belly from liver pain, sensitivity to light, squinting and tearing of the eyes, and complete loss of appetite. Death can occur within a few hours and you must contact your vet immediately.

The fatal form of the disease presents suddenly with a specific set of symptoms, including bleeding from the nose and gums, enlarged abdomen due to fluid leaking from the liver, bloody diarrhea and vomit, seizures, disorientation, coma, and death may follow. Dogs and cats may die suddenly without any obvious illness and mortality is highest in young dogs.  This disease requires immediate vet attention.

Your young or unvaccinated dogs and cats should be kept away from public places, from other animals inside and outside the home. Ensure that your dog does not consume urine or feces. Disinfection of contaminated areas with a bleach or iodine solution can typically kill the virus, but many pet owners dispose of food bowls, bedding, etc.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to reduce symptoms of viral infections, to promote general, systemic health in dogs and cats, to help keep an animal free of infection, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to support incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and to support hepatitis, to promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection and to maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut, to promote and restore liver and digestive health.

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

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Conventional Remedies:

Vaccination is the most recommended method of preventing infectious hepatitis.

Diagnosis usually begins with a complete history, a physical exam and symptoms presented. Hepatitis is associated with low white blood cell count and biphasic fever. Because of the wide variety of symptoms associated with this hepatitis are commonly mistaken for distemper, your vet will conduct several tests. It also mimics the parvovirus because of the low white blood cell count and diarrhea.

A broad spectrum antibiotic may be administered along with IV fluids, including a dextrose solution to rehydrate your pet. Blood transfusion may be necessary in severely ill dogs to replenish lost blood.

The cloudiness of the eye will usually resolve itself, but an ointment may be given to relieve eye pain and light sensitivity. A fasting period may be instituted, followed by a light diet consisting of small, frequent meals.

Tests include:

CBC/Chemistry Panel: Blood tests to evaluate various internal organ functions, including the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, metabolism, and electrolyte balance. The CBC measures the amount and different kinds of red and white blood cells that are present in the bloodstream. Infection is detected through a low white blood cell count and elevated liver enzymes.

ELISA testing: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay is a test used to determine via fecal matter if an animal has been exposed to a specific pathogen by testing for antibodies against the pathogen. The test is used to detect viruses, bacteria, microbes, or other material.

Immunofluorescence: A technique used to illuminate both viruses and antibodies in tissue or culture using a fluorescent dye. Your veterinarian will make a tissue or cell smear and expose it to a virus-specific antibody for infectious hepatitis. The antibody will attach to any virus displayed in the sample and show under a microscope as a bright green spot on the slide.

 

 

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