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Osteomyelitis (see also Bacterial and Fungal Infections)

Osteomyelitis

Herbal remedies for dogs and cats to relieve and prevent osteomyelitis. 

The dog and cat musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Infections, age, injuries and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s immune system, triggering an inflammatory response throughout the body and leaving your pet at risk.

Osteomyelitis is an inflammatory, infectious disease of bone, bone marrow and surrounding tissue. It is most commonly associated with bacterial infections, but sometimes is related to fungal infections. The inflammation may be due to an acute (sudden) infection, or to an ongoing (chronic) infection. Infections from other areas of body may reach the bones or bone marrow through the bloodstream, or the infection may come from another infection in close proximity to the bone. It is one of the most important causes of post-operative orthopedic complications and permanent lameness.

Injuries to the bone and soft tissue accidents and bone surgeries are also common causes of infection. .

Symptoms of osteomyelitis include:

Episodic lameness

Persistent ulcers

Fever

Lethargy

Weakness

Limb pain

Wasting of muscles

Limb swelling

Causes may be due to:

Trauma

Fractures

Post-surgery

Prosthetic joint implantation

Gunshot wound

Bite and claw wounds

Systemic infections reaching bones

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to reduce symptoms of bacterial or viral infections, to promote general, systemic health in dogs and cats, to help keep an animal free of infection, for symptoms related to osteomyeliti, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, for its antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, to support incurable viral infections such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), to promote immunity and reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection and to maintain the normal balance of micro flora in the gut, to promote and restore liver and digestive health.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em(learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, 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).

Shake Ur Groove Thing(learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating supports correct balance of intestinal flora, and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and general healthy skin support.

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Related Products:

Kick Start My Heart(learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical exam on your pet, including a chemical blood profile, a complete blood count (CBC), and a urinalysis. The results of this lab work will usually reveal an underlying infection and level of immune system response to it.

If the infection has gone undiagnosed for any length of time, the presence of new bone growth over the site of the infected bone will be an indication of its duration.

If a fungal infection is suspected, special testing may be required to isolate and identify the causative fungal organism. X-rays of the affected bones may show evidence of chronic infections, with changes in bone structure. Changes may present as bone resorption, widening of the fracture gap, and other such abnormalities.

Ultrasound imaging will give your veterinarian a better view of the bones, which may show accumulations of pus in the bone. The doctor will then be able to utilize the ultrasound in order to take a sample of fluid and pus from the infection site for further laboratory analysis and culturing. Once the culture has isolated the specific organism that is causing the infection, your doctor will know the course to take in eradicating the bacteria.

In some cases surgical biopsy of the bone may be conducted for further confirmation. In case of systemic infections, your veterinarian will collect a blood sample and grow the causative organism within the sample in order to find the most suitable antibiotic drugs for treatment.

If your pet has wounds, the first thing your veterinarian will do is irrigate the wound. The wound will need to be cleaned of dead tissue in order to provide a space for the pus to drain. Antibiotic therapy will be started, which may continue for a long period of time until the infection has been fully resolved.

If there is a fracture in the bone, your veterinarian will stabilize it to prevent further damage to the surrounding tissues and bone. Surgery to stabilize the fracture, and implants or other fixation material may be used, depending on the location and severity of the fracture. If the fracture is severe, there is a chance that the infection will spread to other parts of body. This will need to be taken into account, especially if there is too much damaged bone or tissue damage. In some cases amputation of a digit, tail, or limb may be a more practical solution, and a more effective strategy for saving the life of your dog.

If an implant is placed, your veterinarian will remove it after the fracture and wound have healed. Follow-up care generally involves x-ray examinations at regular intervals in order to monitor the progress of treatment.

 

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