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Respiratory Tract Disease

Respiratory Parasites in dogs and cats.Pet supplements for respiratory infection and parasites.

Herbal treatments to help treat and prevent all types of worm infections 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 balanced, 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.

Respiratory parasites can be classified as worms, and can be found in the passages of the respiratory tract or in the blood vessels, including the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, and windpipe), or the lower respiratory passage (bronchi, lungs).

Other causes include lung parasites including lungworms and heartworms as well as bacterial infections. Your cat may cough and have difficulty breathing. Your pet experience shortness of breath, labored (slow) breathing, as well as fast or shallow breathing.  

If you notice your cat breathing with its mouth open, this is an emergency and you need to visit your veterinarian. Parasites can affect all of the your pet’s bodily systems, including respiratory system, cardiovascular system circulatory system and endocrine system, which includes the liver and kidneys.

Homes with multiple pets, unsanitary living conditions, exposure to infected feces or animals that carry parasites can all infect healthy pets. Shelters, boarding facilities and animals who live outdoors are more susceptible to respiratory diseases as these situations present possible contact with the feces and urine of other animals. Hunting and sporting dogs are also at increased risk due to their exposure to wild animals and droppings in wooded areas, as well as water borne parasites in rivers and lakes.

Respiratory parasites often begin their life cycles in shellfish, crabs, lizards, and worms, spreading to other animals opportunistically.

Symptoms of respiratory tract disease include:

Sneezing

Runny nose

Bloody nose

Wheezing

Harsh lung sounds

Behavior changes (as parasites migrate to the brain)

Coma (parasites host in the brain)

Signs or other exposures  to respiratory tract disease include:

Eating earthworms

Digging or sniffing around rodent burrows

Touching noses or other mucous membranes with infected cats or dogs

Being sneezed upon by an infected animal

Eating infected rodents

Eating infected martens and mink or being exposed to their feces

Eating infected birds

Eating sheep offal

Eating infected crayfish

Eating snails (uncooked)

Eating infected ants

Eating infected cockroaches

Exposure to infected feces of other cats and dogs

Puppies and kittens can also become infected by their mother’s milk if she is a host to respiratory parasites.

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

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.

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, includingpesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

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.

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Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes theperformance, 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.

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Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical exam, including a blood chemical profile, a complete blood count, an electrolyte panel and a urinalysis to determine the exact origin of the symptoms. A differential diagnosis may find parasites, but it may also find a bacterial respiratory infection.

Your veterinarian will specifically examine your dog or cat’s urine and feces for parasite eggs or pieces of parasites. In feces, these are found by microscopically examining a solution of your animal’s feces. A sample of your dog’s or cat’s cough discharge can also be microscopically examined for parasite eggs.

X-ray imaging of the lungs is crucial for visualizing abnormal lung changes that may be indicative of a parasitic infestation. A rhinoscopy or bronchoscopy (direct visualization of the nose and bronchioles with a small camera) is an even better way to look for respiratory parasites.

Patients with respiratory parasites are usually treated on an outpatient basis with de-wormers. Anti-inflammatory agents are also given to the patients to decrease their body’s negative immune reaction to so many dead parasites. In some cases, the parasites can only be removed surgically one at a time.

If your dog or cat is having trouble breathing, it should be hospitalized and given oxygen therapy until the parasite infestation has been resolved.

Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments to examine your animal’s respiratory passages with a bronchoscope and to reexamine fecal and urine samples for parasite eggs. Preventing your dog or cat from eating insects, rodents, and wild animals is the best way of protecting your pet against parasite infections.

Also, avoiding contact with unknown cats and dogs, or even separating all of your pets from one another when they appear to be ill are some ways in which you can prevent or mitigate a parasitic infection.

There may be some more preventive methods for avoiding parasites. If your dog is a sporting dog, or if you live in a wooded area, or near a body of water, talk to your veterinarian about the local parasites and what you can do to protect your dog from an infestation.

Most animals recover well from respiratory parasites, unless the infection has been long term. If parasites have migrated to the brain, causing your dog  or cat to show symptoms of neurological impairment, a cure will not be possible.

If you suspect that your pet is infected with parasites, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. If your dog or cat has already begun to show symptoms of neurological change or degeneration, it is an emergency situation and call your veterinarian for an emergency appointment.

 

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