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Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness
Pet supplements to help reduce morning sickness in dogs and cats.

Herbal remedies that help reduce morning sickness 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.

Gestation is the period from conception to birth. Gestation averages between 56-66 days from ovulation, however, it does vary by breed.

During the first few weeks of gestation there are few signs of pregnancy, except for a slight gain in weight. Occasionally a dog or cat may experience morning sickness, which typically occurs between the third and fourth week of pregnancy.  Morning sickness is caused by the effects of progesterone, combined with the stretching and distention of the uterus. Your dog or cat may lose appetite and may vomit occasionally. Morning sickness lasts only a few days and may not be apparent. If vomiting occurs, feed smaller meals, several times a day.

Nipples begin to darken and enlarge by day 40, and the belly increases in size. As birth approaches, your pet's breasts will become enlarged and a milky fluid may be emitted from the nipples.

Abdominal ultrasonography can detect puppies or kittens throughout pregnancy, beginning as early as 18 or 19 days after ovulation, although 21 days is a better marker for reliability. The technique is safe and effective, and does not use radiation.

In dogs, the uterus has two horns that meet in a central uterine cavity. Developing puppies, encircled by their placentas, lie within the uterine horns. By palpating the abdomen, a veterinarian can tell by the 28th day after the last breeding whether a dog is pregnant. The embryos can be felt as evenly spaced swellings about the size of walnuts in the average-size dog.

Abdominal palpation requires experience and a gentle hand. This should only be done by your veterinarian or an experienced breeder. There are other structures in the abdomen that may feel lumpy. Excessive poking and prodding can damage the delicate fetal-placental units and cause a miscarriage. After day 35, the fetuses are floating in capsules of fluid and can no longer be detected by palpation.

A blood test that detects relaxin levels, a hormone which increases during pregnancy, can be conducted around 28 to 30 days of gestation.   

Another blood test being developed is detection of acute phase proteins. Acute phase proteins that react to inflammation and the protein levels rise when stimulated by the attachment of the embryos to the endometirum, or lining of the uterus.

Abdominal X-rays will show fetal bone structure at about day 45. X-rays are used as an alternative to ultrasonography, to distinguish among pregnancy, false pregnancy, and pyometra, as well as the size of the litter. X-rays should be avoided in early pregnancy, because the radiation could adversely affect the developing embryos before 45 days.

In late pregnancy, the abdomen becomes enlarged and pendulous. The movements of the puppies and kittens can be seen and felt during the last two weeks.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies to promote general health, wellness and nutrient support for a healthy pregnancy, to reduce feelings of morning sickness, to promote feelings of relaxation, promote healthy and steady flow and milk production during lactation in nursing cats and dogs, to support liver health, to reduce the amount of toxins passed through the milk to the litter, to promote immune health, digestive function and bowel regulation and contains an anti-inflammatory that supports recovery after birth.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

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 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.

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. 

 

 

 

 

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