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Respiratory Infection in Dogs and Cats

Respiratory Infection and in Dogs and Cats.

Herbal nutrition for respiratory and sinus infections 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. 

A respiratory infection affects the nose, throat and upper airways of our pets just like us. Although respiratory infections tend to be more common in cats, dogs are susceptible to them as well.

There are many types of respiratory infections in cats, including feline rhinotracheitis, feline calici virus and chlamydia in cats. In dogs, kennel cough is the most common.  Respiratory infections are contagious and are spread through direct contact with infected dogs or cats.

This condition may develop suddenly, from time to or be persistent. If left untreated, respiratory infections may develop into secondary bacterial infections as a result of a weak immune system. These infections are most common in young or elderly pets, those that are stressed and are have suppressed immune systems.

The common symptoms and signs of respiratory infections include:

Coughing

Sneezing

Fever

Runny nose or eyes

Lethargy

Loss of appetite

Respiratory infections in pets are caused by harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria or fungi which may bring about a combination eye, nose, and throat and sinus problems. In addition, a weakened immune system, irritants such as pollution or chemicals and other underlying diseases may also contribute to respiratory infections in pets.

There are several things that you can do to prevent respiratory infections and boost the immune functioning of your pet:

Supplement your pet’s diet with immune building supplements. A robust immune system is your pet's best defense against disease.

Feed your pet a premium, holistic diet that is free of corn, wheat, soy, colorants, preservatives and additives

Incorporate more raw foods such as raw vegetables and raw meat to your pet’s diet

Provide fresh, filtered water daily. 

Have your pet exercise regularly

Clean and disinfect food and water bowls daily as well as bedding to avoid infection

Wash your hands after each time you handle your pet

Don't give your pet sugar or milk

Reduce stress inside/outside your home

Spend enough time with your pet

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

Herbal nutrition is used holistically for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to provide symptomatic relief of bronchitis and to alleviate infections of the respiratory tract, to help provide respiratory support, to help relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing, to help reduce symptoms of sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, sore throat, and nose, to help boost the immune system, to act as a tonic for the immune system and support systemic health of your pet and to help speed up the natural healing process. 

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

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, for 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.

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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of a respiratory infection is based on your pet’s symptoms as well as a physical examination.

Your vet will prescribe medications such as antibiotics to clear and prevent secondary bacterial infections as well as decongestants to relieve congestion. Keep in mind that antibiotic drugs reduce and weaken the immune system which makes you’re your pet more susceptible to recurring infections. Your pet should also receive annual vaccinations against viruses and bacteria to protect them against infection and boost immunity.

 

 

 

 

 

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