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RabiesPet supplements to help treat rabies in dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to reduce the effects of a bite by a rabid animal for an immunized dog or cat. 

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Rabies is an inflammatory infection that specifically affects the gray matter of a dog or cat's brain, spinal cord and the central nervous system (CNS). The primary form of transmission is through a bite from a disease carrier. Infectious virus particles are retained in a rabid animal's salivary glands to better disseminate the virus through their saliva.

The rabies virus is a single-stranded RNA virus of the genus Lyssavirus, which is in the family Rhabdoviridae. Since animals that have contracted rabies secrete large amounts of virus in their saliva, the highest form of transmission of the disease is primarily passed to dogs or cats through a bite from an infected animal, and rarely through breathing in the escaping gases from decomposing animal carcasses, such as in caves where bat populations are present.

It can also be transmitted through a scratch or when infected saliva makes contact with mucous membranes or an open, fresh wound. The risk runs highest if your dog-or any pet-is exposed to wild animals, such as foxes, racoons, skunks, and bats.

Unvaccinated cats and dogs who are allowed to roam outdoors are most at risk for infection because they are exposed to wild animals and have a greater probability to fighting with infected stray dogs or cats.

Once the virus enters a dog or cat’s body, it replicates in the cells of the muscles and then spreads to the closest nerve fibers, including all peripheral, sensory and motor nerves, traveling from there to the CNS via fluid within the nerves. The virus can take up to a month to develop, but once the symptoms present, the virus progresses rapidly. Rabies symptoms are severe, often fatal, and the disease can be transmitted to humans.

There are two forms of rabies: paralytic and furious.

In the early symptom, also known as prodomal, stage of infection, the cat or dog will show only mild signs of CNS abnormalities. This stage usually lasts between one to three days. Most animals then progress to the furious stage, the paralytic stage, or a combination of the two, while others succumb to the infection without displaying any major symptoms.

Furious rabies is characterized by extreme behavioral changes, including aggression and attack behavior. Paralytic rabies, also known as dumb rabies, is characterized by weakness and loss of coordination, followed by paralysis.

Rabies is a fast-moving virus. If untreated as soon as symptoms present, survival and prognosis are poor. If you pet has been in a fight with another animal, has been bitten or scratched or if you suspect it has been in contact with a rabid animal, take your pet to your veterinarian immediately. This is a medical emergency.

Symptoms to watch for in your pet:

Pica

Fever

Seizures

Paralysis

Hydrophobia

Jaw is dropped

Loss of appetite

Inability to swallow

Muscular lack of coordination

Unusual shyness

Unusual aggression

Excessive excitability

Aggression

Constant irritability/changes in attitude and behavior

Paralysis in the mandible and larynx

Excessive, dripping salivation (hyper salivation)

Frothy saliva (foaming at the mouth)

Constantly licking, biting or chewing at bite site

Biting or snapping at stimulus

Progressive symptoms of rabies:

Dog or cat may become hypersensitive to touch, light and sound

Eat unusual things

Hide in dark places

Paralysis of the throat

Paralysis of jaw muscles

Foaming at the mouth

Disorientation

Staggering caused by paralysis of the hind legs

Weakness

Seizures

Sudden death

The incubation period is between two to eight weeks before signs present. Transmission of the virus through saliva can happen as early as ten days before symptoms appear.

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments help to support the Central Nervous System; helps to support immunity and to reduce swelling of the brain; and to protect the blood brain barrier. Herbal treatments are considered supports for a dog or cat that has been bitten by a rabid animal and do not constitute a form of a cure.

Baby Love Bits  (learn more) helps to build, promote and support muscle, joint, bone, cartilage and tendon health, mobility and flexibility; as a powerhouse Probiotic Vitamin B complex; helps prevent against flea and tick infestations; supports the Central Nervous System; stimulates immunity and healthy metabolism; aids digestion and promotes whole body microbial balance; improves liver function and liver health; purifies whole bodily systems; keeps the skin, hair, eyes and mouth healthy; for dental disease, gout, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD); for infectious diarrhea, including rotavirus diarrhea, for nervousness and fatigue.

Dog & Cat Kryptonite (learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

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; and as a stroke preventative.

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 Treatment:

If you suspect your pet has rabies, call your veterinarian immediately. If it is safe to cage your dog or cat until safely quarantined, do so. Your veterinarian will keep your dog or cat quarantined in a locked cage for 10 days to confirm rabies infection.

Rabies can be confused with other conditions that cause aggressive behavior, so a laboratory blood analysis must be conducted to confirm the presence of the virus. However, blood testing for the virus is not veterinary procedure.

Your veterinarian will collect fluid samples if your cat or dog dies while in quarantine, or if it begins showing progressive signs of rabies; in which case, your veterinarian will opt to put your pet to sleep..

Diagnosis in the U.S. is done using a post-mortem direct fluorescence antibody test performed by a state-approved laboratory for rabies diagnosis.

If a diagnosis of rabies is confirmed you will need to report the case to your local health department. An unvaccinated cat or dog that is bitten or exposed to a known rabid animal must be quarantined for up to six months, or according to local and state regulations. A vaccinated animal that has bitten or scratched a human, conversely, should be quarantined and monitored for 10 days.

In the United States, rabies is reported in cats more than in any domestic species. If there are also cats in your household, it’s important to make sure they are vaccinated and kept indoors. Annually, rabies causes the deaths of more than 50,000 humans and millions of animals worldwide. Once symptoms appear, the disease normally results in fatality.

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