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Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease, FIVInfectious disease such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) in in dogs and cats.

Herbal remedies to help support and treat infectious disease in dogs and cats.

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 facilitating normal function and is not intended 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.

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a virus that can cause a multitude of health problems in cats due to reduced immune system function. It can cause an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome sometimes called feline AIDS.

FIV is a virus from the same family as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but it is a separate virus specific to cats. It cannot be transmitted to humans or other species. There are several subtypes of the virus. Once a cat is infected, it will be infected for life. However, the percentage of cats that will go on to develop reduced immune function from the virus is unknown, and it can take many years for such problems to develop. Therefore, a positive diagnosis of FIV does not automatically carry a bad prognosis, and is not a death sentence.

FIV is spread mainly via bite wounds. Therefore, cats that fight are at the highest risk of being infected with FIV, such as cats allowed to roam outdoors and male cats (which tend to fight, especially when not neutered). It can also be transmitted from infected mother cats to their kittens.

Symptoms: Fever

Enlarged lymph nodes

Low white blood cell count

Cats generally recover uneventfully from this phase and may then appear healthy for some time, often several years. However, the virus can gradually attack and weaken the immune system, leading to a host of secondary health problems. The course of illness with FIV is difficult to predict, but generally, any of the following may be seen when immune system function deteriorates:

Enlarged lymph nodes

Weight loss

Loss of appetite

Recurring fever

Diarrhea

Infections (e.g., mouth, skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary tract)

Cancer

Neurological signs (e.g., behavior changes, seizures)

There is minimal risk of transmission of FIV between household cats that get along well. Discuss your specific household situation and inter-cat concerns with your vet. Removing an FIV positive cat from the home is generally not necessary. All cats in the household should be kept indoors, kept up to date on vaccinations, and health concerns addressed as soon as possible; i.e. don't wait if your cat is "quieter than normal" or not feeling well.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have proven to be beneficial in providing symptomatic relief, boosting the immune system and supporting the overall health of your pet, to relieve symptoms related to infectious disease, to soothe the throat, to clear congested noses and chests, acting as an immune tonic, strengthening the immune system and supporting respiratory health.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

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.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

Related Products:

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, includingpesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for all types of behavior including anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Conventional Remedies:

FIV infection is diagnosed by a blood test to detect antibodies to the virus. There are several methods of testing (each with pros and cons), and often more than one is used to confirm a result. Multiple tests over time may also be needed to completely rule out FIV, depending on the situation.

Once infected, a cat will remain infected for life, and treatment is often focused on managing diseases resulting from diminished immune function (e.g., antibiotics for infections). Medications that strengthen the immune system such as interferon and Imulan (a new veterinary drug) can be used, and antiviral drugs such as AZT may also be tried in some cases. Your vet will recommend a course of treatment that is right for your cat, however, please keep in mind that all of these options have serious side effects.

 

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