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Respiratory System

Respiratory System of dogs and catsRespiratory illness in dogs and cats including sneezing and wheezing.

Herbal remedies to support the respiratory system and to relieve breathing difficulties such as sneezing and wheezing in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

The animal respiratory system has two parts; the upper system which the mouth, nose and trachea; and the lower system which includes the lungs and smaller airways (bronchi and bronchioles). The respiratory system supports the taking in oxygen and eliminating waste gases like carbon dioxide. Because dogs and cats are not able to sweat through the skin, the respiratory system has an important role in temperature regulation.

In humans, body temperature is controlled by sweat glands, which dogs and cats lack, and as a result, must breathe hard to cool their bodies. Air must be filtered, warmed, and moistened in the sinuses and upper airways before entering the final tiny lung chambers for gas exchange. Disease can develop anywhere along the pathway, and as a result, respiratory issues in dogs and cats require specific treatments to sustain respiratory health.

The nasal cavities open out through a dog’s and cat’s nose, and include the nasal bone, premaxilla, maxillary bone, lateral cartilage and the nasal septum (the partition of bone and cartilage between the two cavities). They include the turbinate bones and the nasal sinuses. The turbinate bones are spongy and scrolled together to form a cone. This provides a bigger surface area to the mucous membrane that covers them. In this area, inhaled air is warmed and moistened. The turbinate bones and the nasal sinuses are partitioned by a middle bony partition.

Air enters through the nostrils. Dust, harmful particles and disease-causing germs can become trapped in mucus that is secreted by the nasal glands within the nasal cavities. One end of the membrane is responsible for the sense of smell; the other end is where air is taken in, at body temperature and filtered for impurities through the nasopharynx, a cavity forming the upper part of the pharynx.

The larynx and trachea are responsible for moving air to the stomach and lungs. The larynx is attached to the skull bones by the hyoid bone and is comprised of four cartilage structures, including the epiglottis, which is charged with controlling air flow as well as forcing the laryngeal opening to close during swallowing so that food does not enter the wind pipe.

The trachea contains hair-like projections on the surface which trap remaining dust and prevent it from entering the lungs. Any residual dust is usually removed by coughing. The trachea carries inhaled from the larynx to the bronchi, where it moves to the lungs. At the top of the trachea is a cartilaginous structure which contains elastic vocal cords that determine the vocal tone of a dog’s bark.

There are seven pulmonary lobes in a dog lungs, and as many bronchi. A tiny sac for holding air in the lungs is formed by the terminal dilation of air. The lungs have a large surface area and receive a vast supply of blood and exchange oxygen with carbon dioxide, passing it out through the mouth or nostrils to complete the cycle.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used for their beneficial effects on the respiratory system 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.

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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.

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Other suggestions:

Remove allergens from your pet’s environment if you suspect wheezing due to allergies (chemicals such as dryer sheets and room fresheners)

Avoid using odor-controlling sprays

Use an air purifier or air filter to remove dust and dirt particles

Use dust free, scent free cat litter

Don’t smoke around your pets

Conventional Remedies:

Diagnosis is confirmed by chest x-rays, which allow differentiation from other diseases with similar signs, such as Bronchitis, Heartworm Disease, and Pneumonia. Your vet may also collect fluid and mucous samples to be examined. Severe cases of asthma often require oxygen therapy and conventional drugs such as steroids. Antibiotics may be prescribed if bacterial infections are present.




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