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Pharyngitis

Pharyngitis

Herbal remedies for symptoms related to pharyngitis,to help suppress coughing and wheezing and reduce gagging in cats or dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

Dogs and cats have two tonsils located in the back of the throat, where they act much like lymph nodes to combat throat infections. When the tonsils become inflamed, the condition is called tonsillitis. It is most common in small breeds of dogs but rarely affects cats.

Pharyngitis, also referred to as sore throat and tonsilitis, can be caused by any infection or irritation of the mouth that allows bacteria to multiply and enter the throat. Most sore throats are associated with infections in the mouth, sinuses, or respiratory tract. Tonsillitis can be related to a build up of bacterial tartar on the teeth and associated inflammation of the gums. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by overgrowth of bacteria that are normally found in the mouth, which means that it is not usually contagious to other pets or people.

Pharyngitis and tonsillitis can also occur with systemic diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, herpes virus, and pseudorabies. Dogs with an anal gland infection may also have a sore throat from spreading the infection while licking at their glands.

Primary bacterial tonsillitis is rare. It occurs in young dogs of the smaller breeds. Symptoms are similar to those of a sore throat, except that fever is more pronounced (over 103°F) and the dog appears depressed. The tonsils are bright red and swollen. Localized abscesses may be visible as white spots on the surface of the tonsils.

Chronic tonsillitis with tonsil enlargement is caused by persistent infection or by mechanical irritation from prolonged coughing, retching, or regurgitation of stomach acid into the throat. Any dog showing signs of tonsillitis should also be checked for anal gland problems, as grooming and licking the anal glands can spread the infection to the mouth.

Symptoms of tonsillitis may include a high fever, coughing, pain when swallowing, vomiting, gagging response, and loss of appetite. The throat looks red and inflamed. A purulent drainage may be seen coating the back of the throat.

Other symptoms include exaggerated swallowing motions, repeated licking of lips, and reluctance to eat because swallowing is painful. Your pet may be hungry and go to their food bowl but eat nothing or very little. Activity level may be decreased, although tonsillitis does not usually cause a fever.

The group A streptococcal sore throat (commonly known as strep throat) that occurs in young children can produce mild or unapparent sore throat in dogs and cats, which may then harbor the bacteria in the respiratory tract.

Although dogs usually get the infection from human members of their family, and not vice versa, to eliminate the bacteria in households with recurrent strep throat, consider treating pets as well as family members.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used as a respiratory tonic for the immune system, to reduce symptoms related to tonsillitis, to inflammation, pain and infection, to limit sneezing, wheezing and coughing; to treat and provide symptomatic relief for respiratory problems; to keep the lungs, chest and throat clear; to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing; to repair smooth muscles and clear infection and allergen triggers in the respiratory system and provide respiratory and immunity protection.

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Conventional Treatment:

Tonsillitis is diagnosed by signs of infection and examination of the inflamed and enlarged tonsils in the back of the throat. The tonsils are hidden in pouches, so they are difficult to see in healthy dogs and cats.

In tonsillitis, the red and inflamed tonsils often and can be seen by your veterinarian during an examination of the mouth. Treatment involves antibiotics to combat the infection, followed by therapy to remove the source of infection. A dental cleaning may be needed to remove built-up tartar and calculus.

Tonsillectomy is recommended only when the infection does not respond well to treatment, or if the condition recurs frequently. Feed a soft diet consisting of canned dog food mixed with water to make a mush.

Enlarged tonsils must be distinguished from lymphoma and squamous cell carcinoma-the most common cancers of the tonsil. This is done by biopsy. Tonsillectomy for chronically inflamed tonsils is seldom necessary.

 

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