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Muscles Aches

Muscle AchesSupplements to help relieve muscle aches in dogs & cats.

Herbal remedies to reduce pain and address painful situations for dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body and provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes and trace minerals that support skin and the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience. Since animals can’t explain their pain, people have long assumed that pets don’t experience pain to the same extent as people. Although general anesthesia keeps them immobile and oblivious to any pain during surgery, pets have historically been under-treated for pain.

Caring for an animal with an injury is no small matter. A small injury can quickly become infected and lead to long-term injury or disability. Because an injury or wound is likely to result in pain for your animal, they may react by not wanting you near them.  If your dog or cat is growling or hissing at you, don’t let it stop you from seeking medical attention for their injuries, wounds or pain.

As in humans, damaged tissue and muscles releases chemicals that sensitize nerve endings. Response to pain travels through the central nervous system up the spinal cord to the cortex of the brain, where pain registers and triggers a protective reflex, known as “learned avoidance.” Learned avoidance teaches pets to avoid repeating the situation attached to pain as well as to protect itself or rest until an injury heals.

Not all aches or pains are severe or sudden and can be managed with natural elements. While antibiotics and steroids are used heavily to reduce inflammation or manage pain, chronic pain can also be relieved with a heat lamp, for pain related to joint pain or arthritis while cold water baths can soothe and reduce symptoms related to an allergy; both which are natural analgesics, or pain relievers. Herbal pain relievers are also available and are safe for dogs and cats alike.

In cases of extreme pain or chronic aching, such as with arthritis, stress is placed on the immune system, which can reduce immunity, interfere with blood clotting, wound healing and compromise the cardiovascular system.

Extreme aches and pain can also permanently alter neural pathways, creating a neurological memory in your dog or cat, causing the pain to continue long after the injury has healed. Chronic neuropathic pain is extremely difficult to manage for a dog or cat, is also difficult to treat medically and creates a host of other neurological responses, such as neuropathy, or decreased blood flow to the affected area. In severe, never related cases, an anesthesiologist can administer a nerve block into the spinal cord to prevent the pain message from ever reaching the brain.

Pets are susceptible to muscle and joint conditions such as swollen joints. Swollen joints can cause intense discomfort and pain, especially during colder seasons. Dogs and cats are both affected, although larger dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more prone to swollen joints.

Age, wear and tear of the joints over time as well as being overweight can also lead to joint swelling. Swelling of the joints is often associated with muscle and joint problems such as tenderness, warmth, redness, inflammation, stiffness and pain. It is most likely a sign of arthritis, a gradual degenerative joint disease.

Stiffness of the muscles and joints is a common problem, especially in elderly pets. Pet owners often notice there pet is feeling stiff or struggling with joint aches when they walk with a stiff gait or limp, become less active or struggle to get up.

Cold mornings after long periods of rest are often the most difficult for pets with joint or muscle problems and it can take some time for your pet to get going during these mornings.

If you notice any swelling of your pet’s limbs, consult your vet immediately and take preventative measures so more serious health complications do not develop.

Symptoms of muscle aches & pain include:

Morning stiffness

Reduced activity

Pain in the joints

Limping

Whining

Yelping

Shaking when touched

Thickening around the affected joint

Favoring one limb over the other

Lethargy

Difficulty sitting or standing

Reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs

Clicking when walking

Common conditions that cause pain:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Trauma injury to the joint

Sprains or strains

Hip dysplasia

Spondylosis

Spondylitis

Viral infections

Tumors of the joint

Genetic factors

Degenerative joint disease

While there are a number of causes of stiffness and pain, the most common cause is arthritis, a condition that affects many pets especially the large breed dogs.

Other causes of stiffness include:

Scotty Cramp

Eclampsia

Muscle strain

Hip dysplasia

Inflammatory joint disease

Inflamed vertebrae

Anal sac tumors

Bone cancer

As a pet owner, you can ensure that your pet maintains a healthy weight, eats a well balanced, premium diet to boost the immune system and encourage gentle exercise such as walking and swimming.

Taking preventative measures and making certain lifestyle changes such as weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise and adding natural supplements can make a significant difference to your pet’s health. A more holistic approach that includes acupuncture, chiropractic therapy or massage can also reduce your pet’s symptoms and improve overall wellness.

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies function as analgesics (pain relievers), reducing pain messages from transferring from the nervous system to the brain; used to mitigate pain response and to support the natural healing process; to soothe pain and help to gently clean open wounds, cuts and scrapes; to support the body’s ability to resist infections; to boost immunity; to stimulate new tissue growth for wound healing and promote health in connective tissues, soft tissue, tendons, muscles & bones; to reduce inflammation and inhibit growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi & to speed the healing process from the inside out.  

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.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat  (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

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.

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Conventional Treatments:

After inspecting the affected area, your vet may use a topical wash and/or antibiotic ointment. Your vet may also give your pet an injection of antibiotics combined with a short acting steroid for inflammation and to reduce pain, fever or other associated symptoms. They may also dispense oral antibiotics depending on the severity of the wound.

Cats and dogs have very elastic skin with a fair amount of fatty tissue between the skin and the underlying muscle. In cats, the problem of bacterial growth is especially prevalent because the skin heals too quickly over a puncture, trapping the bacteria under the skin. Once this occurs, drainage and removal of necrotic (damaged and rotten) tissue is performed.

 

 

 

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