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Pain Reliever

Pain Reliever

Herbal remedies to reduce pain and address painful situations for dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body and provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes and trace minerals that support skin and the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience that exists in the mind of the one who is experiencing it. Since animals can’t explain their pain, some people have long assumed that pets don’t experience pain to the same extent as we do. Many pet owners feel strongly that pets have historically been under-treated for pain. As in the case with humans, science has proven that helping to treat pain helps animals and humans heal faster. 

When our pets experience pain, they may present behavioral changes, including trembling, hiding, hissing, growling, restlessness panting, salivation, licking, dilated eyes, aggressiveness, increased heart rate, loss of appetite, tucked in tummy, lameness and limping can all be signs of pain.

Caring for a hurt animal can be difficult. A small injury can quickly cause pain, become infected and lead to long-term injury or disability. Because an injury or wound is likely to result in pain for your animal, they may react by not wanting you near them.  If your dog or cat is growling or hissing at you, don’t let it stop you from seeking medical attention for their injuries, wounds or pain.

The progression of pain can be understood this way: damaged tissue releases chemicals that sensitize nerve endings. Response to pain travels through the central nervous system up the spinal cord to the cortex of the brain, where pain registers and triggers a protective reflex, known as “learned avoidance.” Learned avoidance teaches pets to avoid repeating the situation attached to pain as well as to protect itself or rest until an injury heals.

Pain can be severe and sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). Often pain can be managed with natural elements. While antibiotics and steroids are used heavily to reduce inflammation or manage pain, chronic pain can also be relieved with a heat lamp, for pain related to joint pain or arthritis while cold water baths can soothe and reduce symptoms related to an allergy; both which are natural analgesics, or pain relievers.  Herbal pain relievers are also available and are safe for dogs and cats alike.

In cases of extreme pain, stress is placed on the immune system, which can reduce immunity, interfere with blood clotting, wound healing and compromise the cardiovascular system.

Extreme pain can also permanently alter neural pathways, creating a neurological memory in your dog or cat, causing the pain to continue long after the injury has healed. Chronic neuropathic pain is extremely difficult to manage for a dog or cat, is also difficult to treat medically and creates a host of other neurological responses, such as neuropathy, or decreased blood flow to the affected area. In severe, never related cases, an anesthesiologist can administer a nerve block into the spinal cord to prevent the pain message from ever reaching the brain.

There are many results of pain. Pets are susceptible to muscle and joint conditions such as swollen joints. Swollen joints can cause intense discomfort and pain, especially during colder seasons. Dogs and cats are both affected, although larger dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are more prone to swollen joints.

Age, wear and tear of the joints over time as well as being overweight can also lead to joint swelling. Swelling of the joints is often associated with muscle and joint problems such as tenderness, warmth, redness, inflammation, stiffness and pain. It is most likely a sign of arthritis, a gradual degenerative joint disease.

Stiffness of the muscles and joints is a common problem, especially in elderly pets. Pet owners often notice there pet is feeling stiff or struggling with joint aches when they walk with a stiff gait or limp, become less active or struggle to get up.

Cold mornings are often difficult for pets with joint or muscle problems as it can take some time for pets to get up and moving. 

Symptoms of pain include:

Morning stiffness

Reduced activity

Pain in the joints

Limping

Whining

Yelping

Shaking when touched

Thickening around an affected joint

Favoring one limb over the other

Lethargy

Difficulty sitting or standing

Reluctance to jump, run or climb stairs

Clicking sounds when walking

Common conditions that cause pain:

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis

Degenerative joint disease (DJD)

Trauma injury to the joint

Sprains or strains

Hip dysplasia

Spondylosis

Spondylitis

Viral infections

Tumors of the joint

Genetic factors

Other causes of stiffness include:

Scotty Cramp

Eclampsia

Muscle strain

Hip dysplasia

Inflammatory joint disease

Inflamed vertebrae

Anal sac tumors

Bone cancer

Taking preventative measures and making certain lifestyle changes such as weight loss, proper nutrition, regular exercise and adding natural supplements can make a significant difference to your pet’s health. A more holistic approach that includes acupuncture, chiropractic therapy or massage can also reduce your pet’s symptoms and improve overall wellness.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as analgesics (pain relievers), reducing pain messages from transferring from the nervous system to the brain, used to mitigate pain response and to support the natural healing process, to soothe pain and help to gently clean open wounds, cuts and scrapes, to support the body’s ability to resist infections, to boost immunity, to stimulate new tissue growth for wound healing and promote health in connective tissues, soft tissue, tendons, muscles & bones, to reduce inflammation and inhibit growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi and to speed the healing process from the inside out.  

Soothed & Serene   (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

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, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

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 systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

Serenity Zen Dog & Cat - (learn more) is used for its multi-level support to soothe, relax, calm and provide pain relief to nerves, muscles and all bodily systems (Adrenal, Cardiovascular, Digestive, Excretory, Respiratory, Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems), for anxiety disorders, allergies, digestive colic, storms, travel, boarding, vet visits, separation, restlessness, irritability, depression, ADHD and ADD, to maintain normal electrical balance in the brain, reduce neuro inflammation and modulate inflammatory response.

Conventional Treatments:

After inspecting the affected area, your vet may use a topical wash and/or antibiotic ointment. Your vet may also give your pet an injection of antibiotics combined with a short acting steroid for inflammation and to reduce pain, fever or other associated symptoms. They may also dispense oral antibiotics depending on the severity of the wound.

Cats and dogs have very elastic skin with a fair amount of fatty tissue between the skin and the underlying muscle. In cats, the problem of bacterial growth is especially prevalent because the skin heals too quickly over a puncture, trapping the bacteria under the skin. Once this occurs, drainage and removal of necrotic (damaged and rotten) tissue is performed.

 

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