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Herbal remedies for lactation to help support healthy milk production in lactating cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function with all other cells to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

A mother’s milk provides the perfect start for the healthy growth and development of your pet’s newly born puppies or kittens. This lactation or nursing process is when milk is secreted from a mother’s mammary glands to provide nutrition for her young; and anyone who has ever watched a litter of nuzzling puppies or kittens nursing on their mother will know what amazing and beautiful process this is.

Newborn puppies and kittens have demanding nutritional needs as they are growing and developing at such rapid rates. In fact, both puppies and kittens usually double in weight by the time they are 10 days old.

Nursing cats and dogs have to meet these high nutritional demands of an entire litter and so it is no surprise that they require a healthy balanced diet and they should be eating between two and three times more than they would usually eat. Nursing moms also need plenty of fresh water and should drink more than usual during lactation.

The first meal that a new litter receives after birth is colostrum, which is the first milk that is produced by a lactating mother after she has gone through labor. This type of milk is important for young puppies and kittens as it is full of anti-bodies and the mother’s natural immunities which help guard against illness and infection until the puppies and kittens own immune systems start to develop.

It is also the most nutritionally appropriate food for the dietary needs and digestive requirements of newborns. After about 2-3 days, the mother’s milk will change to more mature milk which is richer in calories, but contains none of the same immune factors as the colostrum.

This mature milk will supply the new puppies or kittens with all their dietary requirements for the next 5-6 weeks, after which they will probably become more interested in what mom’s eating. At this stage, soft kitten or puppy food can be introduced to help wean them off mother’s milk. Once they become more accustomed to solid foods, they should start nursing less, and in turn mother should start to eat less.

There are three main problems that can occur in lactating mothers, including lactation failure, lactation depression and deficient milk.

Lactation failure (agalactia) – This occurs when no milk is produced by the mammary glands. When this occurs the puppies or kittens do not receive any nourishment and will cry incessantly and fail to gain weight. Lactation failure is very serious and if measures aren’t taken the litter will die. Bottle feeding is necessary until the problem is resolved, or until the litter can be weaned onto solid foods.

Lactation depression or (dysgalactia) – this is the most common lactation problem and it often occurs without a known cause. Lactation depression is when the mammary glands are functioning, yet they are unable to produce enough milk to meet the nutritional needs of the litter. Signs that the mother may not be producing enough milk include puppies or kittens pull at the teats or cry more than usual. You may also notice that the litter does not nurse for continuous lengths of time, but that they still seem hungry. By monitoring weight gains in the litter you will be able to see if they are getting enough milk as lactation depression often leads to stunted growth and reduced weight gains.

Deficient milk – this occurs when milk is produced in sufficient quantity but lacks some of the nutrients required for the litter’s growing needs.

Mastitis – Mastitis is an inflammation or bacterial infection of the mammary glands. This is a potentially serious problem as the infection can contaminate the milk causing illness in the kittens or puppies. The infection can also spread quickly and the mother can become quite ill if the infection is not treated soon.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies to restore help promote and stimulate the production of milk, as a liver tonic that supports milk production and reduces the amount of toxins passed through the milk to the litter, to produce a steady milk supply, to prevent bacterial infections such as mastitis in nursing animals, and as an anti-inflammatory to assist in recovery from birth.

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, relieves 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.

Get Well Soon – (learn more)is as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic (kills cancer cells) therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

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.

Love Your Liver - (learn more)promotes theperformance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

 It is critical that each puppy or kitten receives their fair share of colostrum so keep an eye on the smaller, less dominant ones in the litter and make sure they get their turn.

The most important thing you can do for your lactating pet is to provide them with a diet containing sufficient calories and nutrients as well as a constant supply of fresh water. Drinking will also help to encourage milk production, and it’s vital for her to be constantly replacing lost fluids.

Calcium supplements are sometimes recommended for nursing mothers; however, it is important to discuss correct dosages with your vet before hand.

If the mother is unable to feed for some reason, you will need to hand-raise the kittens or puppies yourself. Newborns require frequent feedings with vet-recommended milk formula, so be prepared for sleepless nights and lots of work!

Cats and dogs generally make great moms and tend to have very strong maternal instincts. Do not feel offended if your beloved and loyal pet tries to snap, growl or hiss at you for trying to touch her litter, she is only doing her job!

Keep a close eye on the progress of the puppies or kittens. Those that cry continuously are either hungry or cold and you may need to step in to help. Remember that if the pups or kittens fail to gain weight or show signs of hunger, you may need to determine if there are any lactation problems and address them swiftly.

While keeping an eye on the new litter is important, it is also important to give your nursing pet some space. Over-crowding and too much interference can cause the mother to become stressed.

 

Lactation

 

Herbal remedies for lactation to help support healthy milk production in lactating cats and dogs.

 

 

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function with all other cells to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

 

A mother’s milk provides the perfect start for the healthy growth and development of your pet’s newly born puppies or kittens. This lactation or nursing process is when milk is secreted from a mother’s mammary glands to provide nutrition for her young; and anyone who has ever watched a litter of nuzzling puppies or kittens nursing on their mother will know what amazing and beautiful process this is.

 

Newborn puppies and kittens have demanding nutritional needs as they are growing and developing at such rapid rates. In fact, both puppies and kittens usually double in weight by the time they are 10 days old.

 

Nursing cats and dogs have to meet these high nutritional demands of an entire litter and so it is no surprise that they require a healthy balanced diet and they should be eating between two and three times more than they would usually eat. Nursing moms also need plenty of fresh water and should drink more than usual during lactation.

 

The first meal that a new litter receives after birth is colostrum, which is the first milk that is produced by a lactating mother after she has gone through labor. This type of milk is important for young puppies and kittens as it is full of anti-bodies and the mother’s natural immunities which help guard against illness and infection until the puppies and kittens own immune systems start to develop.

 

It is also the most nutritionally appropriate food for the dietary needs and digestive requirements of newborns. After about 2-3 days, the mother’s milk will change to more mature milk which is richer in calories, but contains none of the same immune factors as the colostrum.

 

This mature milk will supply the new puppies or kittens with all their dietary requirements for the next 5-6 weeks, after which they will probably become more interested in what mom’s eating. At this stage, soft kitten or puppy food can be introduced to help wean them off mother’s milk. Once they become more accustomed to solid foods, they should start nursing less, and in turn mother should start to eat less.

 

There are three main problems that can occur in lactating mothers, including lactation failure, lactation depression and deficient milk.

 

Lactation failure (agalactia) – This occurs when no milk is produced by the mammary glands. When this occurs the puppies or kittens do not receive any nourishment and will cry incessantly and fail to gain weight. Lactation failure is very serious and if measures aren’t taken the litter will die. Bottle feeding is necessary until the problem is resolved, or until the litter can be weaned onto solid foods.

 

Lactation depression or (dysgalactia) – this is the most common lactation problem and it often occurs without a known cause. Lactation depression is when the mammary glands are functioning, yet they are unable to produce enough milk to meet the nutritional needs of the litter. Signs that the mother may not be producing enough milk include puppies or kittens pull at the teats or cry more than usual. You may also notice that the litter does not nurse for continuous lengths of time, but that they still seem hungry. By monitoring weight gains in the litter you will be able to see if they are getting enough milk as lactation depression often leads to stunted growth and reduced weight gains.

 

Deficient milk – this occurs when milk is produced in sufficient quantity but lacks some of the nutrients required for the litter’s growing needs.

 

Mastitis – Mastitis is an inflammation or bacterial infection of the mammary glands. This is a potentially serious problem as the infection can contaminate the milk causing illness in the kittens or puppies. The infection can also spread quickly and the mother can become quite ill if the infection is not treated soon.

 

Herbal Remedies:

 

Herbal remedies to restore help promote and stimulate the production of milk, as a liver tonic that supports milk production and reduces the amount of toxins passed through the milk to the litter, to produce a steady milk supply, to prevent bacterial infections such as mastitis in nursing animals, and as an anti-inflammatory to assist in recovery from birth.

 

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, relieves 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.

 

Get Well Soon – (learn more)is as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic (kills cancer cells) therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

 

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.

 

Love Your Liver - (learn more)promotes theperformance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

 It is critical that each puppy or kitten receives their fair share of colostrum so keep an eye on the smaller, less dominant ones in the litter and make sure they get their turn.

The most important thing you can do for your lactating pet is to provide them with a diet containing sufficient calories and nutrients as well as a constant supply of fresh water. Drinking will also help to encourage milk production, and it’s vital for her to be constantly replacing lost fluids.

Calcium supplements are sometimes recommended for nursing mothers; however, it is important to discuss correct dosages with your vet before hand.

If the mother is unable to feed for some reason, you will need to hand-raise the kittens or puppies yourself. Newborns require frequent feedings with vet-recommended milk formula, so be prepared for sleepless nights and lots of work!

Cats and dogs generally make great moms and tend to have very strong maternal instincts. Do not feel offended if your beloved and loyal pet tries to snap, growl or hiss at you for trying to touch her litter, she is only doing her job!

Keep a close eye on the progress of the puppies or kittens. Those that cry continuously are either hungry or cold and you may need to step in to help. Remember that if the pups or kittens fail to gain weight or show signs of hunger, you may need to determine if there are any lactation problems and address them swiftly.

While keeping an eye on the new litter is important, it is also important to give your nursing pet some space. Over-crowding and too much interference can cause the mother to become stressed.

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