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Rhinitis (see Allergies)

Rhinitis in dogs and cats.Pet supplement for rhinitis and sinus problems in dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to help treat rhinitis 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 frontal and maxillary sinuses are extensions of the nasal cavity and are lined by a mucous membrane similar to the one that lines the nose. Accordingly, infections in the nasal cavity may spread to the sinuses, and vice versa. A nasal infection is called rhinitis and a sinus infection is called sinusitis.

The signs of rhinitis and sinusitis are sneezing; nasal and eye discharge and gagging or retching from a postnasal drip. The discharge is thick, creamy, and foul smelling.

Animals may cough or gag due to a postnasal drip. Cats with a sinus infection may stop eating due to a decrease in their sense of smell and as a result, can quickly become dehydrated and will need prompt veterinary attention.

Chronic rhinitis is a fairly common problem in cats and the primary causes are viral infections, such as feline calicivirus and feline rhinotracheitis virus. Other causes include an environmental allergy such as household detergents, smoke, birds and mold. Bacteria, nasal polyps, dental disease or a foreign object stuck up your pet’s nose are among the other possible causes.

Although rhinitis affects dogs and cats of all ages, it is more common in younger or older animals. Younger animals are more likely to have nasal polyps, while older cats may have an abnormal growth called a neoplasia.

Also, specific breeds such as Persian cats or multi-pet homes are more likely to develop rhinitis as a secondary condition of another respiratory disease.

The sudden onset of forceful coughing, pawing at the mouth, and respiratory distress in a healthy pet suggest a foreign body caught in the larynx and this is a medical emergency. Contact your vet immediately.

If the dog or cat is conscious and able to breathe, proceed at once to the nearest veterinary clinic. If your pet is gagging and retching but is not experiencing difficulty in breathing, assume a foreign object such as a bone splinter or rubber ball is caught in her mouth or in the back of her throat.

In young pets, bacterial rhinitis and sinusitis usually do not occur unless the mucous membrane has been damaged by an upper respiratory infection, foreign body in the nasal cavity, or trauma to the nose. Respiratory infections caused by the herpes virus, adenovirus, or parainfluenza virus are the most common causes of acute rhinitis. These infections may be followed by secondary bacterial involvement.

Distemper is a serious cause of secondary bacterial rhinitis. The discharge is mucoid and purulent. Other signs of distemper will be present.

In older pets, tumors and infected teeth are the most common causes of rhinitis and sinusitis. Both are characterized by a chronic, long-standing purulent discharge from one nostril, along with sneezing and sniffling. Tumors and abscessed teeth may cause a blood-streaked discharge.

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Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia as a respiratory tonic for the immune system, to limit sneezing and wheezing, to treat and provide symptomatic relief for respiratory problems, to keep the lungs, chest and throat clear, to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing and provide respiratory and immunity protection.

Herbal Remedies:             

Herbal remedies are used to promote a strong immune system, to help maintain healthy sinuses and clear nasal passages for optimal respiratory functioning, to reduce the likelihood and symptoms of a sinus infection, to help keep an animal free of infection, to soothe all bodily systems affected by infection, to reduce inflammation, diseases and conditions related to infection, to maintain the normal balance of gut micro flora ,to help maintain the body's water balance and to address mucous levels and congestion.

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Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will need to do a thorough investigation to discover the exact cause of the condition so that he can choose the right treatment. The diagnosis of rhinitis or sinusitis is based on X-rays, full blood count, cultures, direct visualization of the nasal cavity using a flexible endoscope, and, in some cases, a nasal tissue biopsy.

Your veterinarian will likely treat bacterial rhinitis with broad-spectrum antibiotics that are continued for at least two weeks. Fungal infections usually respond to one of the newer antifungal agents, such as itraconazole or fluconazole and the typical treatment lasts six to eight weeks.

In order to diagnose chronic rhinitis, your vet will need a full history of vaccinations and previous illnesses, plus he'll want to know whether your cat spends much time outdoors.

The Feline Advisory Bureau states that treatment doesn't always provide a long-term cure, but it can certainly control the condition and make your furry friend more comfortable.

Antibiotics help control an infection and a nebulizer with a decongestant that is suitable for dogs and cats helps relieve some of the symptoms. Antifungal drugs will help if it's caused by fungus and a corticosteroid helps with allergic rhinitis. Polyps and other growths in the nasal passage need surgical removal. You can also help your pet by regularly cleaning the nose area with a soft, damp cloth.

Keeping your pet’s vaccines up to date is a very important preventive measure, especially for viral infections. Changing litter frequently also helps, as does cleaning teeth regularly.

 

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