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Herbal treatments to help support sleep disorders and to help reduce insomnia in dogs and cats.  

Animals routinely experience irregularities in bodily systems, including the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a correction to restore emotional balance, to promote relaxation and reduce nervousness and to balance mood and provide feelings of comfort and security.

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Sleeping disorders are unhealthy and typically a constant disturbance in sleep patterns indicates a sign of old age, disease or life-altering illness.

The two sleeping disorders that are most dangerous to your pet’s health are narcolepsy and cataplexy. If your pet has one of these disorders and is left unattended, particularly near water, the disorder could be life threatening as they could possibly fall or drown.

Narcolepsy and cataplexy are disorders of the nervous system. Narcolepsy occurs when an animal suffers from excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of energy, or brief losses of consciousness. During a narcoleptic episode, your pet will collapse onto its side or stomach, its muscles slacken, and all physical movement briefly ceases. Your pet will appear to be asleep and may present rapid eye movements, as if entering into REM sleep. Typically narcoleptics episodes are brief and resolve themselves.

Cataplexy is characterized by sudden muscle paralysis or weakness without loss of consciousness. During a catalectic episode, your pet will experience paralysis, although its eyes remain open, with control over eye movement. Your pet remains aware of what is happening during a catalectic episode and typically will come out in response to external stimuli, such as a loud sound or when petted. Cataplexy is similar to narcolepsy in that the episodes are spontaneous, brief, and reversible. These disorders are relatively common in dogs.

Usual symptoms of narcolepsy and cataplexy are:

Rapid onset of episodes, with no apparent warning of imminent collapse

Sudden loss of consciousness

Paralysis of limbs, head, and torso

Episodes last from several seconds up to 30 minutes

Eye movement, muscular twitching, and whimpering during episodes

Episodes usually end when stimulated by petting, loud noises, etc.

Possible causes fornarcolepsy and cataplexy may include:

Hereditary in Labrador retrievers, poodles, dachshunds, and Doberman pinschers

Possible immune system involvement

Nerve disorder

Idiopathic (unknown)

Both sleep disorders are usually a congenital and inherited condition and both disorders are not curable.

Older cats may also experience behavior changes in sleep cycles or waking in the night, restlessness and pacing. Sleep disorders may also be related to Cognitive Dysfunction, referred to as senility, or a disease called hyperthyroidism.

Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid glands, which can lead to cardiac disease and high blood pressure. Hyperthyroidism occurs most commonly in older cats and is rare in dogs.

Signs of hyperthyroidism include:

Weight loss

Increased appetite

Increased activity

Increased restlessness

Aggressive or "cranky" behavior

Poor coat

Fast heart rate

Increased water drinking

Increased urination

Periodic vomiting

Increased amount of stool or diarrhea

Occasional difficulty breathing

Occasional weakness

Occasional depression

A change in diet may reduce sleep disorders in your dog or cat. Omega 3 fatty acids and diets enriched with antioxidants such as vitamin C, mixed tocopherols, beta-carotene, flavonoids and carotenoids encourage sleep and may help improve performance on cognitive related tasks.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies promote a calm and relaxed state, to soothe stress, fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances, to encourage sleep and for sleep disorders, to address the sudden and immediate symptoms of stress, such as quivering and panting, to relieve the anxiety and tension related to stress, to help cope with anxiety and nervousness by working on a variety of bodily systems to provide whole systemic support, relaxing the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems, allowing your animal to distinguish between a safe vs. fearful situation.

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.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due toanxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

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Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin,  atopic and parasitic allergens, 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.

Easy Flow – (learn more)  promotes cardiac and circulatory function, reduces the risk of heart disease by maintaining hearth health, supports the strength of veins, arteries, heart, muscle cell healing and regeneration, for hypertension, supports healthy blood circulation to the brain, for varicose veins, aching joints and heavy, swollen legs, encourages blood flow to remove waste products from the body, for degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease (CHD), Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, for mild heart arrhythmias and for heart problems associated with liver disease.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam, a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, a urinalysis, and an electrolyte panel to rule out any underlying diseases.

Your pet’s history will be reviewed as well as possible incidents that may have predisposed your dog or cat conditionally. If there is an activity that appears to consistently bring about episodes, your veterinarian will attempt to simulate the activity. A food-elicited cataplexy test may also be performed, since many animals with cataplexy have attacks while eating.

For sleep disorders related to hyperthyroidism, a specific thyroid blood test will be conducted to verify condition.

A diagnosis of hyperthyroidism is made when the level of thyroid hormone is increased in the blood. Most hyperthyroid cats have very high levels of hormone and thyroid hormone levels can vary over time so it may be necessary to check blood levels several times or perform a different test called a T3 suppression test.

An enlarged thyroid gland(s) can often be felt in the neck. If the diagnosis is not obvious by blood tests, nuclear medicines scan of the thyroid glands can be performed, but with serious side effects.

Natural supplementation typically includes Melatonin, an internal hormone secreted by the pineal gland during darkness, as well as a variety of supplements that can help set healthful sleep patterns.

 

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