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Scrofula

Scrofula

Herbal remedies to help address symptoms of scrofula in dogs and cats.

Natura Petz herbs scrofula Herbal remedies to help address symptoms of scrofula in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, microorganisms and skin wounds by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Scrofula is a kind of tuberculosis that is characterized by swellings of the lymphatic glands. It is generally hereditary and it mainly affects lymphatic glands, primarily of the neck. The disease progresses slowly with abscesses and pitsulas. Typically, scrofula is a rare condition in dogs and cats.

Scrofula is also referred to as tuberculosis (TB), which is a contagious bacterial infection that involves the lungs but may spread to other parts of the body. Tuberculosis is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and spreads via droplets expelled by the lungs while coughing or sneezing.

Symptoms often include a rough, dull coat, often accompanied with an offensive odor. The lymphatic glands swell; eyes may have a chronic, whitish discharge and an irregular appetite. The symptoms become chronic as the dog grows older, and the abdomen becomes pendulous.

Common symptoms include coughing, expectorating blood and mucus, fever, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, breathing difficulty, wheezing and excessive sweating.  (especially at night). The people most at risk for contracting TB include puppies and kittens, senior pets, animals with a weakened immune system, infection and people exposed to the disease.

Scrofula cannot be cured but maintaining strict cleanliness should be observed, both in the animal’s coat and surroundings. Your pet should be groomed daily to promote healthier skin and coat, get plenty of exercise, fresh air and bathed regularly. It is also helpful to administer herbals to purify the blood.

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 reduce glandular swelling, may help encourage lymphatic cleansing, may help reduce phlegm and soften nodules, may help eliminate blood impurities and toxins from the body, may work to help improve overall health and well being, may help support healthy digestive and metabolic function, may help cleanse and purify the liver and pancreas, may work to help maintain healthy bile flow and normal insulin production.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, antibiotic, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, antimicrobial  and anti-Candidal, is used holistically to help promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by limiting excessive inflammation and histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; helps limit inflammatory pathways in the body; helps relieve wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; helps soothe smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of 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.

 

 

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; strongly antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive Vitamin C content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; ); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); adaptogens and natural phytochemicals work to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, sheath surrounding nerves and muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) capsulestincture,  powder may help promote healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; adjunctively and holistically to help address conditional needs of DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to help address conditional needs related to respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); may help inhibit bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; may help provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that may help block the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to help stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

Conventional Remedies:

Scrofula is mainly treated by surgery. Antibiotic regimens are effective in some cases and include a 4-drug empiric treatment of isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol.

 

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