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Respiratory Support

Respiratory Support for dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to support a healthy respiratory system and for symptoms related to food, skin, inhalant, contact, parasite and insect allergies in cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, as well as to provide a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

Supporting a healthy respiratory system is wise in dogs and cats since respiratory allergies are the most common type. Allergies are commonly caused by inhaled substances and will cause respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, sneezing, nasal discharges or coughing.

Causes of respiratory allergies include:

Second hand smoking

Dust mites

Mold

Pollens or grasses and tree particles

Chemicals (environmental, household such as dryer sheet and room fresheners)

Some animals are more sensitive than others; and pets with other allergies are more likely to develop respiratory allergies due to the fact that allergies are a disease of the immune system. A pet with a weak immune system develops allergies.

The symptoms of respiratory allergies may vary, depending on how sensitive the dog is. Some symptoms may be absent, while others may be severe.

Common symptoms include:

Nasal and ocular discharges (a clear transparent discharge)

Sneezing

Wheezing

Coughing

Panting

Respiratory problems

Sometimes skin reactions such as dermatitis, as the inhaled allergens may also affect the skin. Anaphylaxis in the most severe cases (severe swelling of the face, swelling of airways, low blood pressure, seizures, shock)

These symptoms may be chronic or occur episodically, depending on what causes the allergies.

If the allergies are severe, the dog or cat may also be lethargic and suffer from stress.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used for their beneficial effects on the respiratory system to provide respiratory support and to help reduce respiratory disorder, to maintain clear, healthy chests, noses and throats, to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing and to provide immune protection, to reduce symptoms related to panting from anxiety, heat stroke and overheating.

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.

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 Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Conventional Treatments:

The detection of respiratory allergies may be done through blood testing. Presently, there are 2 types of tests: the RAST and the ELISA test, which are very similar. These will detect the presence of antibodies that occur when the dog is allergic to a certain substance.

The respiratory allergies may also be detected through intradermal testing. This skin testing will consist of the injection of possible allergens on small portions of the dog’s skin. Whichever injection causes an allergic reaction on the dog’s skin is the allergen that causes the allergies.

Respiratory allergies don’t have a cure; however, the symptoms may be controlled using drugs. However, allergies are difficult to manage, as dogs react differently to different treatments, so a lot of treatment trials are needed to find a way to manage the allergies.

Most commonly, allergies will be relieved with antihistamines. The immune system produces histamines which cause the respiratory allergy symptoms. The antihistamines will inhibit the production of histamines.

Corticosteroids may also be administered as a short term treatment for respiratory allergies. Corticosteroids may also be used in conjunction with antihistamine drugs for a more effective allergy management.

If the agent causing the allergies is detected, the vet may recommend the administration of an immunization therapy. This therapy consists of periodical shots of the diluted allergen under the dog’s skin and aims at making the dog immune to the allergen. The immunization is a lengthy process and results start to show only after 3 to 6 months, so meanwhile the dog should receive antihistamines or steroids. The allergy shots are not effective in all canines.

 

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