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Pleurisy in Dogs / Pleurisy in Cats

Pleurisy in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help address symptoms related to pleurisy 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. 

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. 

Pleurisy, also known as pleuritis, is a condition that results from inflammation and swelling of the linings of the lungs and chest. The area between lungs and inner chest wall includes two lubricated surfaces called pleura, and includes the inner pleura that lines the lungs and the outer pleura which lines the chest wall.

Normally, the pleura slide over smoothly as your pet breathes, but when inflammation is present, it causes friction and chest pain, referred to as pleuritic pain, associated with pleurisy. Pleurisy usually occurs in conjunction with pneumonia, following pneumonia, or complications from a bacterial infection.

Pleurisy symptoms include:

Shallow breathing

Labored breathing

Short, rapid breathing

Fever

Pain when touched

Standing with head and neck extended

Fluid may also build up as a result of liver or kidney disease or as a result of  tumors that have spread to the lungs. Pleurisy can also produce mucus and pus in the chest, making it more difficult to breathe over time, as the infection becomes more pronounced. If this occurs, your dog or cat's lips and gums may turn blue, a condition called cyanosis.

When an affected areas is tapped with the fingers, you may hear a dull thus instead of a hollow response, which is normal.

There are two forms of pleurisy; dry pleurisy and wet pleurisy.

In dry pleurisy, a sharp, gravely, grating sound is produced with every inhale and exhale. When x-rayed, the fluid in your pets lungs will look like ground glass and your vet will need to use a catheter to drain the fluid from the lungs.  

Some types of lung infections can damage lung tissues. Since these tissues fail to regenerate, they are replaced by fibrous scar tissues, which interrupts proper lung functions and can leave your per susceptible to recurring infection and difficulty breathing.

Pleurisy can also be caused by kennel cough, a bacterial infection which can cause heavy coughing and severe inflammation of the bronchi. The cough can become chronic (ongoing) if not treated and eventually can lead to chronic bronchitis. Chronic bronchitis is also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which in short is also known as COPD. Pets that suffer from COPD are generally either middle aged or older aged dogs and cats but it can also occur in young animals.

Continued coughing is one of the common symptoms of the COPD. Your pet's cough will sound dry, along with a gagging sound. The coughing usually becomes more frequent at night and during colder seasons. Your animal may also have foamy saliva which is often mistaken as the vomit, but is a serious symptom of COPD.

COPD can also lead to emphysema and/or rupturing of the air sacks in the lungs. While some breeds are more susceptible, such as Highland White terriers, any dog or cat can suffer from pleurisy.

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

Herbal remedies may help address bacterial and viral infections, may help soothe inflamed and irritated lung tissues and surrounding skin, may help relax the smooth muscles in your pet's lungs to help encourage proper breathing, may reduce symptoms related to pleurisy and excess fluid, may help fight infection due to anti-bacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and natural antibiotic plant chemicals, may help promote a healthy balanced immune system, may help cleanse the blood and remove toxins, may help soothe smooth muscles to help prevent recurring infection, may help reduce the likelihood of chronic conditions such as coughing and bronchitis, and may help treat the presence of all types of skin eruptions and bacterial infections.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce 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 are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Let's Get This Party Started! – (learn more) may help provide critical vitamins and minerals often missing in commercial diets as well as home cooked diets; may help promote luxurious skin, coat, hair shaft and follicle strength by helping improve blood circulation and oxygen flow; may help improve nutrient assimilation and digestion; may help soothe the belly and balance digestion; may be used as a topical healing agent to help promote rapid relief from pesky mosquito, fly and tick bites, rashes, hot spots, allergic reactions, wounds, and all types of skin irritations; may help promote healthy colon cleansing; aided by a nontoxic assortment of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal natural plant-based essential oils.

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,  helps fight infections related to heart; for mild heart arrhythmias and as a stroke preventative.

Conventional Treatments:

Your veterinarian may conduct an x-ray to examine your pet’s lungs, a blood test as well as other tests to determine the presence of a viral or bacterial infection, chest muscle strain, rib fracture, pneumonia, and tuberculosis and for fluid in the lungs. Antibiotics are typically prescribed to eliminate infection and pain mediation may be provided.

Your vet may also have to use a catheter or needle to remove fluid from your animal’s lungs.

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