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Spleen Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Spleen Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help support symptoms of spleen disorders in dogs and cats.

natura petz organics supplements to help support spleen health in dogs and cats

The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs, comprised of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, bone marrow, thymus and lymph. Lymph vessels carry lymph fluid throughout the animal body and contain white blood cells which defend against germs. Lymph nodes support white blood cells which also fight infection and help cleanse and detoxify the animal body. 

The spleen is a long, flat organ that resides in the abdomen along the outer edges of the stomach. The spleen is the largest filter and blood cleanser in the body. 

Splenomegaly is a spleen disorder referring to an enlarged spleen. Spleen disorders can occur in all breeds and genders of dogs and cats, but largely affects middle-aged dogs and large breed dogs.  Spleen disorders are usually not directly related to the spleen but an underlying symptom of another disease or condition.

Symptoms of spleen disorders generally include:



Lack of appetite

Abdominal pain

Lethargy and reduced activity

Weakness and even collapse

Causes include:

Abdominal injury


Infectious disorders

Inflammatory bowel disease

Bacterial infection

Cell tumors of the spleen

Other immune disorders

Herbal Nutrition  - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets  - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal treatments work to support balanced immune response, help support healthy tissue and organ function, help support lymphatic and hormonal health, as an immune tonic to help naturally fight off infection and disease, to help provide nutritional and biochemical support to tissue, lymph nodes, bone marrow and organs, to help cleanse the blood and purify the body, to help promote healthy circulation and to promote white blood cell production to help fight infection.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce all types of 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) and fever; 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 mobilityreduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) helps support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, helps rehabilitate and repair the performance and health of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, helps rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; helps tone and balance the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder; helps normalize liver enzyme levels; helps regulate kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; helps reduce uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia and ehrlichiosis.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes 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; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to 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

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, including T3 and T4 production, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function, to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, to help soothe joints and cartilage, to help address histamine and mast cell response related to allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will examine your dog or cat for a protruding abdomen. A fine needle aspiration may then be used to diagnose the spleen disorder. Also, ultrasounds and X-rays may be used to view the spleen and surrounding areas for abnormalities. In addition to imaging, blood work will give a comprehensive review of all possible underlying medical issues.

Recommended treatment will be dependent upon the underlying causes of the enlarged spleen and many of the underlying conditions may be treated with medication. As an enlarged spleen is typically a sign of another underlying medical condition.  In severe cases, removal of the spleen (splenectomy) may be recommended.


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