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Schistosomiasis Parasites in Dogs and Cats

Schistosomiasis Parasites in Dogs and CatsPet supplements for schistosomiasis in dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to help dogs and cats address schistosomiasis parasitic infection.

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. 

Dogs and cats acquire schistosomiasis when the initial parasitic infection of the H. Americana bacteria penetrates the skin. Theh beginning stage is known as cercaria. Dogs and cats usually contract schistosomiasis via contaminated fresh water which contains the snail that hosts the infection. In areas of high risk of infection, standing water should be avoided by dogs and cats. 

In the first stage on infection, the parasite burrows into the skin, maturing into the second stage, known as schistosomula. It then migrates to the lungs and liver, where it matures into the adult form. The adult worm then migrates to its preferred body part, which can include the bladder, rectum, intestines, liver, and veins that carry blood from the intestines to liver, spleen, and lungs. Eggs (known as H. Americana eggs) are then shed via feces. 

If the shed H. Americana eggs are exposed to fresh water, the parasite hatches and infects a snail. Once inside the snail, the eggs mature and look for a feline or canine host to complete the life cycle. Once a dog or cat is infected, an inflammatory response is triggered throughout the body, the infection spreads, known as disseminated visceral granulomata.

Signs of schistosomiasis infection include:

Fever

Chills

Weight loss

Rash

Abdominal pain

Diarrhea 

Vomiting

Anorexia

Lethargy

Lymph node enlargement

Liver enlargement

Spleen enlargement

Hematochezia

Specific signs related to the gastrointestinal tract: 

Hepatic disease

Polyuria/Polydipsia

Frequent urination

Painful urination 

Blood in the urine 

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 as a natural anti-parasitic and repellant for all types of parasitic infection, including ringworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, coccidian, schistosomiasis and protozoal Giardia; helps remove all types of infection from cell walls, tissues and organs; may help keep parasites in check by boosting immunity as needed; acts as a digestive tonic to promote digestive health; helps cleanse and detoxify the colon and bowel; helps detoxify the blood, for pesticides, environmental toxins and chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & 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).

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Conventional Treatments:

A complete blood count and a serum chemistry profile will be performed. Treatment is usually via high doses of praziquantel (25 mg/kg PO q8h for 2 days) or prolonged treatment with fenbendazole (40 mg/kg PO SID for 10 days, repeat in 3 weeks).

Sedimentation with saline is the recommended way of detecting H. Americana eggs in feces. If exposed to fresh water, the miracidium will hatch, making identification difficult. Examining a direct saline smear of feces may also allow identification of H. Americana eggs in samples from infected animals.

Laboratory finding may include hypoalbuminemia, hypoglobulinemia, hypocalcaemia, azotemia, anemia, and eosinophilia. 

 

 

 

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