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Parainfluenza in Dogs and Puppies

Para influenza in Dogs and Puppies

Herbal nutrition to help address symptoms related to Para influenza in dogs.

Pet supplements for para influenza in dogs and cats.

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 fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. With so many pet parents wondering why and how to best support immunity in their dogs and cats, this article will highlight its role and provide practical suggestions. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  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. 

Canine Para influenza virus (CPIV) is a highly contagious respiratory virus that is often confused with kennel cough. Although the respiratory symptoms may seem similar to influenza, they are unrelated viruses and require different forms of care and vaccines for protection.

Para influenza virus and canine influenza virus share similarities in that they both are respiratory viruses with symptoms of nasal discharge and a dry, unproductive coughing. Both are frequently mistaken for kennel cough, (canine tracheobronchitis) and both can lead to pneumonia. 

Para influenza is often a major force in kennel cough infection due to acute inflammation in the upper airways, and can cause pneumonia in puppies or chronic bronchitis in older dogs.

The canine Para influenza virus is transmitted through contact with the nasal secretions of infected dogs. It is highly contagious and is common in high density environments such as boarding and day care facilities.

Signs of Para influenza include:

Dry cough

Moist cough

Unproductive cough

Low-grade fever

Nasal discharge

Lack of energy

Loss of appetite

Labored breathing



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

Herbal remedies are used to help provide overall systemic and immune support to dogs and cats for influenza, to help address symptoms associated with flu and colds, to help provide respiratory system health and and to help boost or balance the immune system, to help relieve symptoms related to sneezing, nasal congestion & watery eyes, to help limit symptoms related to the flu and infection.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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. 

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. 

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Conventional Treatments:

Veterinarians generally check for the canine influenza virus with a blood test. Chest x-rays can help diagnose the Para influenza virus. The canine influenza virus is so new that scientists are still working on developing a proven vaccine.

When pneumonia develops as a result of a canine influenza infection, treatment methods include fluids and antibiotics. With exposure, only a small percentage of dogs develop pneumonia as a result of the disease.

Good hygiene is one way to avoid both diseases. Don’t let you dog frequent places such as public parks or dog parks where they may be exposed to dogs that have not been vaccinated for the canine Para influenza virus.







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