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Neurologic Disease in Dogs and Cats

Neurologic Disease in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help reduce nerve pain and symptoms related to neurologic disease in dogs and cats.

Animals experience disease and irregularities in bodily systems related to the Central and Autonomic Nervous systems, requiring a nutritional correction to help provide critical trace minerals, vitamins and other primary and secondary metabolites; as well as to help restore emotional balance, to help promote relaxation, to help reduce nervousness, to help balance mood and help provide feelings of comfort and security.

Neurological diseases are conditions that originate in the pet's central nervous and the peripheral nervous systems. There are different types of neurological diseases, each characterized by specific symptoms. Although the cause of some neurological disorders is attributed to trauma and accidental injury, others may develop due to genetic predisposition, reactions to medicines and underlying health conditions. Animals that exhibit unusual behavior patterns should be examined for neurological disease, which can cause uncontrolled actions and behaviors.

Unlike the central nervous system, which has the vertebrae of the spine, and the bone of the skull to protect it, the peripheral nerves are more exposed to the elements that enter into the animal body and contact the body, thus, are more susceptible to physical injury and toxic damage. The peripheral nerves are also spread over the entire body and are made up of motor, sensory, autonomic, and/or cranial nerves. Peripheral nerves are responsible for conscious, coordinated movement (somatic); for automatic physical responses (autonomic), and for the movement of the digestive system (enteric).

Common neurological diseases include:

Seizures

Epilepsy

Cervical disease

Degenerative myleopathy

Hepatic encephalopathy

Dementia

Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME)

Seizures occur due to abnormal nerve activity in your pet’s brain. The type of seizure is determined by the symptoms exhibited and the length of the seizure. Seizures may occur due to liver disease, brain tumors or ingestion of toxic substances. Seizures whose cause is unknown are classified as idiopathic. Most pets are administered herbal or synthetic anticonvulsant medications to keep seizures under control.

Cervical disease can develop due to an accidental injury or spinal trauma during rough play. The symptoms of cervical disease include pain in the neck, inability to stand or walk and lack of sensitivity to pain.

Degenerative myleopathy is a deterioration of the nerves present in the spinal cord, causing decreased nerve function and leading to the development of various symptoms. Pets suffering from degenerative myleopathy experience discomfort while performing routine activities like climbing, running, urination and defecation, due to loss of muscle mass in the legs. The treatment includes moderate exercise and vitamin supplementation to increase the pet's quality of life.

Hepatic encephalopathy usually accompanies liver disease and is degenerative in nature. It causes impaired brain function and changes in consciousness due to abnormal liver function. Pets suffering from hepatic encephalopathy exhibit symptoms that include hysteria, seizures and other uncontrolled behaviors. The treatment involves antibiotic medication to cure underlying health conditions and dietary modification. If the cause of liver dysfunction is diagnosed, the symptoms will subside once the primary cause is cured.

Dementia is more common in pets past 10 years of age. Symptoms include personality changes, cognitive dysfunction, fixed gaze and confusion. Your vet may prescribe certain medicines to control nerve impulses in the brain.

Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyeltiis (GME) disease is associated with inflammation of the cells present in the central nervous system. The symptoms vary in individual pets suffering from GME. Pet owners should seek medical help if the dog suffers from facial paralysis, sudden seizures and collapse.

Polyneuropathy is a nerve disorder that affects multiple peripheral nerves and refers to the nerves located outside of the central nervous system, which include motor and sensorimotor nerve disorders (automatic movement).

Motor nerve disorders and symptoms include:

Weakness or paralysis in all four legs

Weak reflexes or lack of reflexes

Weak or no muscle tone

Muscle deterioration (atrophy)

Muscle tremors

Trembling

Sensory nerve disorders and symptoms (pain/pleasure nerve receptors) include:

Spatial disorientation (inability to judge surrounding space)

Weakness to loss of consciousness

No muscle deterioration

No muscle tremors

Under-active thyroid gland

Paralysis of the voice box

Paralysis of the throat/esophagus, affects ability to eat and drink

Facial paralysis

Dizziness, instability

Dysfunctional autonomic nervous system (not under conscious control) and symptoms include:

Dry nose

Dry mouth

Dry eyes

Low tear production

Slow heart beat rate

Lack of an anal reflex

Primary feline hyperchylomicronemia is a neurological disease that results from excess levels of chylomicron and triglycerides (fat particles) in the blood. Nodules or lumps comprised of fat and oil masses may be found under the skin, and/or in the abdomen.

Primary hyperoxaluria (a congenital disease of the kidneys in cats) is a neurological disease that results in excessive oxalate. When combined with calcium, it hardens and forms stones and solid deposits within the body, especially the kidney. The kidneys become enlarged, and painfully sensitive.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies promote a calm and relaxed state, to soothe and nutritionally nourish the nervous systems, to reduce pain associated with neuralgia, to soothe stress, fear and nervous anxiety during stressful situations & everyday disturbances, 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 nutritional and plant botanical support that works on all animal body systems to help soothe, relax, calm, balance and provide pain relief to nerves and muscles (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems); may be useful for stress, anxiety and behavioral disorders; may be helpful in reducing the effects of allergies, digestive colic, storms, fireworks, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, hyper-excitability, aggression, sadness and fear; to help address and reduce pain; to help maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, to reduce neuro inflammation,  and to modulate inflammatory response throughout the animal body.

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.

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, Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and for mild heart arrhythmias.

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 (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD) & 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 & as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will conduct a physical examination a blood and urine test as conduct diagnostic tests such as MRI scans, X-rays and ultrasounds to determine abnormalities present in the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body.

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