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Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis

Herbal remedies for dogs and cats to relieve and prevent infection related to tuberculosis.              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, microorganisms and skin wounds by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection that affects dogs and cats. There are two primary bacteria responsible for tuberculosis in dogs and cats;

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (human tuberculosis bacteria) and Mycobacterium bovis (cattle tuberculosis bacteria). Tuberculosis is most commonly thought of as a respiratory disease but the intestines can also be affected. Both dogs and cats can be infected with either type of bacteria but cats have been found to be quite resistant to M. tuberculosis and are primarily infected by M. bovis. Tuberculosis can be spread by inhalation of the bacteria or by ingestion of infected animal products. The route of exposure to the bacteria determines the type of infection. Dogs typically acquire infection through inhalation so the lungs are the primary targets and respiratory disease develops.

Cats and dogs usually are exposed to tuberculosis by ingesting infected animal products (usually infected milk) and their disease is associated with the gastrointestinal tract. Tuberculosis is a contagious disease, meaning it can spread from animals to humans. Extreme caution is recommended if you suspect your pet has tuberculosis. Most cases of tuberculosis are due to a spread of the bacteria from an infected person to the dog or cat.

The incidence of true tuberculosis has decreased and rarely affects dogs and cats, but cases are seen in parts of the world where there is a high degree of exposure and where the disease is endemic. Dogs and cats can become disseminators when the organism localizes in the intestinal or respiratory tracts.

Symptoms of tuberculosis include:

Coughing

Depression

Weight loss

Increased thirst and increased urination

Diarrhea

Jaundice (yellow tinge to the gums)

Vomiting

Dehydration

Sometimes, the pet is the first one in the family diagnosed with tuberculosis. After testing the humans in the family, several may be found to be positive for tuberculosis and not yet showing signs of infection.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used for their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to provide symptomatic relief of bronchitis and to alleviate infections of the respiratory tract, to provide respiratory support, to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing, to reduce symptoms of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose, to boost the immune system, to act as a tonic for the immune system and support systemic health of your pet and to speed up the natural healing process.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

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).

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.

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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. 

Hepa Protect(learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will conduct a complete blood count to detect an elevated white blood cell count. A biochemical profile can indicate the function of the organs and electrolytes and determine the overall health of the pet.

Tuberculosis is an uncommon disease, but due to antibiotic resistance, it is slowly becoming more common. If you suspect your pet may have tuberculosis, or someone in the family has tuberculosis, consult your veterinarian immediately.

For those pets with respiratory difficulty, x-rays can indicate if pneumonia is present but does not confirm the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Frequently, tuberculosis may be confused with lung cancer since both have similar x-ray signs.

Organ biopsy may be necessary to diagnose tuberculosis definitively. Biopsy of the lung or intestines is invasive and when pets are seriously ill, there is significant concern that the pet may not survive the anesthesia or the procedure.

Culture and cytology (microscopic exam) of any discharge may reveal tuberculosis bacteria. Most cases of tuberculosis are diagnosed at autopsy.

The skin test is not reliable in animals and should not be used to diagnose tuberculosis. An animal may need to be separated due to the potential for transmission of tuberculosis from the infected dog or cat to people. Most animals diagnosed with tuberculosis are euthanized. Treatment can be attempted in some pets with long term use of drug therapy but can be unsuccessful and associated with potential toxicities.  

Any person with tuberculosis must be very careful around pets. Coughing can result in spread of the bacteria through the air and nearby pets may be exposed.

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