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Tick Bites (Insect Bites & Stings)

Tick Bites

Herbal treatments for dogs and cats to control ticks and prevent tick and insect bites.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

Ticks are blood-sucking skin parasites that latch and feed on the blood of their hosts, and as a result transmit diseases. These parasites belong to the arthropod family (mites, mosquitoes, spiders and scorpions) and inhabit areas where there are low bushes, shrubs, grass, or forests.

Ticks are flat and round in shape. They attach themselves at the head to an animal’s skin to feed. Ticks have a life cycle of approximately three months and experience 4 stages: beginning with egg to larva, from larva to nymph and nymph to adult.

Tick-borne diseases are transmitted when the tick has fed on a host that has been previously been infected, and then feeds on a dog or cat. Although a tick bite does not cause pain, the affected area may become irritated and lead to skin inflammation or bacterial infection if your pet scratches. If left untreated, tick-borne illnesses can cause serious health complications such as paralysis and can even be fatal.

Once infected, Lyme can present a dizzying array of symptoms in animals including skin lesions, bone pain, lameness, fever and chills, heaviness in legs, dizziness, loss of balance, memory loss, acute fatigue, lethargy and mild to severe neuropathy. Due to the explosion of toxic microbes in the body replicating on a continual basis, it is not only difficult to isolate and identify the symptoms, but also to attribute these symptoms to Lyme. Lyme is often missed or misdiagnosed, allowing the disease to unknowingly progress in severity.

Lyme has presented new strains of bacterium that are resistant to antibiotics and once the course is complete, the strain returns with even greater ferocity. The introduction of a holistic Lyme regimen, particularly Noni, has been established as important due to its immune system modulating effect, its use as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, its cellular protective properties and its ability to block bio-neurotoxin molecular actions. When combined with Cat’s Claw Extract, the defense against Lyme is even greater.  One studied cited an average of 60 percent of patients improved after Lyme infection by utilizing a Noni/Cat’s Claw regimen.

Ticks have a life cycle of approximately three months and experience 4 stages; beginning with egg to larva, from larva to nymph and nymph to adult. If left untreated, tick-borne diseases can cause serious health complications and can even be fatal.

Lyme disease, or Borreliosis, is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of a deer tick (blacklegged tick, or bear tick). Dogs are especially susceptible to this disease, while cats are less likely to contract this disease due to constant grooming. This bacterial infection can affect one animal differently to the next. .

During the nymph stage, Lyme disease transmission is most likely. The nymph tick embeds itself into your dog’s skin for several days before causing symptoms of Lyme disease. The nymph tick is so small (pin-head size) that they are often over-looked by pet owners.

Lyme borreliosis is the most common tick-transmitted disease in the northern hemisphere and is caused by spirochetes of the Borrelia burgdorferi species complex. A complete presentation of the disease is an extremely unusual observation in which a skin lesion results from a tick bite and is followed by heart and nervous system involvement, and later on by arthritis.

Late involvement of eye, nervous system, joints, and skin can also occur. The only sign that enables a reliable clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis is erythema migrans. Other features of some diagnostic value are earlobe lymphocytoma, meningoradiculoneuritis (Garin-Bujadoux-Bannwarth syndrome), and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans.

Research is also ongoing in the treatment of Lyme disease due to its immuno modulation action on neurotoxins. Once infected by Lyme disease, spirochetes or spiral shaped bacteria, worm their way into muscles, tendons and practically every organ in the body. Once embedded, they begin dismantling the body’s immune defenses, leaving the body open to other pathogens. Most antibiotics work by destroying the cell wall of bacteria, however, the Borreliosis burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium of Lyme can exist without the cell wall, but also, the bacteria can change forms or hide to avoid detection by introduction of antibiotics into the body, making antibiotics useless in some cases.

A growing body of research exists with the CDC that there is a link between Borreliosis infection (also known as Chronic Lyme Disease) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Although a Lyme vaccine exists, it has not proven to be effective. There is no effective vaccine in development for Lyme.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies can be used as a compliment and adjunctive treatment for tick bites and tick borne diseases including all types of Lyme disease; to stop cellular irregularities, mutations and cell death caused by all types of Lyme: as an adjunctive to antibiotics; as a clarifier to chronic steroid and antibiotic use; as a restorative liver tonic; to promote systemic liver health; to improve red blood cell integrity, immunity & liver functioning; to prevent breakdown of red blood cells, fever, exhaustion and fluid loss.

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 (DJD), Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systemic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

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).

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Conventional Remedies:

If you suspect that your dog or cat has been bitten by a tick, consult your vet. A thorough examination of your pet and attached tick will be performed. A complete blood count will be taken and various tests may be performed to confirm the exact diagnosis of tick-borne diseases. Preventative measures are very important to protect your pet against ticks.

Your vet may recommend vaccinations for your pet to immunize him against Lyme disease. There are several products to remove and control ticks and these including using sprays, topical spot-on products, dips and chemical collars. Speak to your vet about the most effective product to use as some of these products are quite harsh for your pet’s skin and cause some serious side effects.

The many other symptoms and signs have little diagnostic value. Microbial or serological confirmation of borrelial infection is needed for all manifestations of the disease except for typical early skin lesions. However, even erythema migrans might not be pathognomonic for Lyme borreliosis, especially in the southern part of the USA where there is no microbiological evidence for infection with the agent. Treatment with antibiotics are typically beneficial for early stages of Lyme borreliosis, but new strains have steadily resisted antibiotic treatment and some of the new strains have been identified as antibiotic-resistant.

Alternatively, you can remove the tick yourself by using a pair of tweezers to pull it out. Remember to always wear gloves, place the tweezers level with the skin, squeeze, grip firmly and pull the tick straight up. However, if you are unsure about doing this, speak to your vet. Never burn, cut or uses petroleum jelly to remove the tick.


A growing body of research exists with the CDC that there is a link between Borreliosis infection (also known as Chronic Lyme Disease) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).


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