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Herbal treatments to help support healthy lungs and respiratory system in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, as well as to provide a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, your dog or cat requires whole body systemic support.

Did you know that respiratory allergies are the most common type of lung ailment, so it makes sense to support healthy lungs to ensure a healthy respiratory system. Allergies are commonly caused by inhaled substances and can  cause respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, sneezing, nasal discharges or coughing.

A respiratory infection is an infection of the nose, throat and upper airways and affects pets just like they do when humans suffer from colds, flu, and chest or sinus problems. Although respiratory infections tend to be more common in cats, dogs are susceptible to them as well.

There are various types of respiratory infections and these include feline rhinotracheitis, feline calici virus and chlamydia in cats or kennel cough in dogs. Respiratory infections are contagious and are spread through direct contact with an infected dog or cat.

Causes of lung and respiratory infections and allergies include:

Second hand smoke

Dust mites

Mold

Pollens or grasses and tree particles

Chemicals

Direct contact with infected animal (play, boarding, daycare, vet visits, dog parks, etc.)

Some animals are more sensitive than others; and pets with other allergies are more likely to develop respiratory (lung allergies) allergies due to the fact that allergies are a disease of the immune system. A pet with a weak immune system develops allergies.

The symptoms of respiratory allergies may vary, from mild to severe, including: 

Nasal and eye (ocular) discharge (a clear transparent discharge)

Sneezing

Wheezing

Coughing

Panting

Lethargy 

Stress

Anaphylaxis (severe swelling of the face, airways, low blood pressure, seizures, shock)

Symptoms may be acute (short term), chronic (ongoing) or occur episodically, depending on what causes the allergies.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to support healthy lungs and respiratory system; to help provide symptomatic relief of bronchitis and to alleviate infections of the respiratory tract; to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing; to reduce symptoms of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose; to boost the immune system; to reduce respiratory and lung allergies; to act as a tonic for the immune system and support systemic health of your pet and to speed up the natural healing process.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection.

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

I Feel Good – (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

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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.

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).

Conventional Treatments:

The detection of respiratory allergies may be done through blood testing. Presently, there are 2 types of tests: the RAST and the ELISA test, which are very similar. These will detect the presence of antibodies that occur when the dog or cat is allergic to a certain substance.

The respiratory allergies may also be detected through intradermal testing. This skin testing will consist of the injection of possible allergens on small portions of the dog’s or cat's skin. Whichever injection causes an allergic reaction on the skin is the allergen that causes the allergies.

Respiratory allergies don’t have a cure; however, the symptoms may be controlled using drugs. However, allergies are difficult to manage, as animals react differently to different treatments, so a lot of treatment trials are needed to find a way to manage the allergies.

Most commonly, conventional vets will use antihistamines to relieve allergies. The immune system produces histamines which cause respiratory allergy symptoms. The antihistamines will inhibit the production of histamines.

Corticosteroids may also be administered as a short term treatment for respiratory allergies. Corticosteroids may also be used in conjunction with antihistamine drugs for a more effective allergy management. Please keep in mind that all of these treatments have side effects, including suppressing or lowering the immune system, which is why allergies present in the animal body.

If the agent causing the allergies is detected, the vet may recommend the administration of an immunization therapy. This therapy consists of periodical shots of the diluted allergen under the dog’s skin and aims at making the dog or cat immune to the allergen. The immunization is a lengthy process and results start to show only after 3 to 6 months, so meanwhile your pet would likely be given antihistamines or steroids. The allergy shots are not effective in all dogs or cats. 

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