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Vasculitis in Dogs and Cats Canine Vasculitis Feline Vasculitis

Vasculitis in Dogs and Cats / Canine Vasculitis / Feline Vasculitis

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to varying forms of vasculitis in dogs and cats.

The heart is the epicenter of the animal body, providing nutritional support to the cardiovascular system and an array of organs including the liver and kidneys, as well as the immune and digestive systems. Providing nutritional support to the heart is critical to supporting optimal cardiac health and function over your pet's lifetime as well as encouraging muscle cell healing and regeneration when cardiovascular dysfunction presents.

The cardiovascular system is responsible for moving blood throughout the body and includes the heart and blood vessels, the arteries, veins, capillaries and tissues. The cardiovascular system is also interconnected and directly related to immune health and function in the body.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign cells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Vasculitis occurs in dogs and cats when immunity is not balanced, and inflammation is triggered in your pet's body. This inflammation also causes the blood vessels to become inflamed due to a reduction in blood supply. Areas that are commonly affected in the body include the brain, liver and kidneys. 

Vasculitis is uncommon in dogs and fairly rare in cats, however, it can affect any age, breed, or gender in both dogs and cats.  Dog breeds which seem to be more predisposed include Jack Russell Terriers, Poodles and Yorkies.

Symptoms of vasculitis include:

bruising

lesions

localized areas of dead skin

skin ulcers (mainly localized to ears, lips, mouth, paws, tail, genitals)

lethargy

decreased appetite 

anorexia

fever

muscle disease

joint inflammation

swelling 

vaccinosis

There are varying forms of vasculitis:

Systemic vasculitis is inflammation related to the blood vessels. It is usually the result of an injury to the cells which cover and protect the internal surfaces of heart, the lymph vessels, and blood vessels.

Systemic vasculitis may be related to bacterial, viral or parasitic infections. Some pets may develop systemic vasculitis due to an immune-mediated disease, where the immune system over reacts and attacks its own body system.

Systemic vasculitis can also be caused by infection or inflammation that affects endothelial cell layers, related to bacteria, viruses, toxins or parasites. 

Symptoms of systemic vasculitis

Purple-red spots on the skin

Small vesicles filled with watery fluid 

Painful areas (usually related to the paws, ears, lips, tail and mouth tissue)

Swelling in the legs

Itchy skin

Skin ulcers (including necrotic, dead tissue)

Lack of appetite

Depression

Elevated body temperature

Causes of systemic vasculitis

Drug interaction

Vaccine interaction

Food allergy

Abnormal tissue growth and/or tumors 

Tick borne diseases

Abnormal tissue growth and/or tumor (Neoplasia)

Kidney disease

Allergies to food or drugs

Joint disease

Genetics

Cutaneous vasculitis is inflammation of the blood vessels due to an over production of white blood cells that are essential to immune system balance, including neutrophils, lymphocytes, or eosinophil deposition. Dogs and cats of any age, gender, and breed may be affected. Some dog breeds are more predisposed, including dachshunds, collies, Shetland sheepdogs, German shepherds, and rottweilers.

Symptoms of cutaneous vasculitis, which typically affect organs (kidneys or brain) include:

Skin ulcers

Patches of dead skin (necrotic tissue)

Bleeding

Swelling

Lethargy

Fever

Pain

Weight loss

Inflamed eyes

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

Herbal treatments have been studied for their safe, gentle yet effective nutritional support of the circulatory and cardiac systems; used holistically as cardio tonics which may help strengthen the heart and surrounding tissue; may help improve the heart and circulatory systems, including the promotion of healthy circulation and strong blood vessels; may help support healthy blood pressure; may encourage cell healing and cell regeneration and for overall tonic (toning, nourishing, balancing) benefits to the cardiovascular, circulatory, nervous and immune systems.

That’s A Nice Looking Bone – (learn more) used holistically to help address all types of Heart Disease (Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Congestive Heart Disease), for all types of arthritis, osteoporosis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Intervertebral Disk Disease; for its genistein and daidzein isoflavone content which has a stimulatory effect on osteoblastic bone formation and an inhibitory effect on osteoclastic bone resorption; for its plant actions to help support bone mineral density, potentially increasing bone mass; for its nutritive content to address mineral deficiency; for its ability to help restore lost cartilage and bone deterioration; to help support veins and arteries and to help increase vascular elasticity; for its oestradiol compounds which may help address urinary incontinence.

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, for mild heart arrhythmias and as a stroke preventative.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

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, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to 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.

 

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