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Sprains and strains in dogs and cats

Herbal treatments for injuries related to strains and to help promote healing for dogs and cats.                                                                               

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

Sprains and strains are common in dogs and cats and injuries involve the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. They are often called soft tissue injuries, and usually do not include damage to bones. Soft tissue injuries are most common in large breed, active and over weight dogs, but can also affect cats.

Muscles move the legs by contracting, relaxing and moving tendons that connect muscle to bone. Ligaments are strong, fibrous bands of tissue that connect bone to bone, which stabilize and protect the joints. Joints are also protected by fibrous capsules which surround and stabilize the joints and support joint fluid, which lubricates the joints. The greater the weight or activity, the greater the pressure placed on supporting tissue while in motion.

Falling, running, and jumping can stretch or tear the soft tissues, causing pain, swelling, and inflammation. Pets may limp or favor one leg, may cry in pain. Lameness may appear intermittent because pets may temporarily ignore pain when they are nervous or excited.

Caring for a hurt animal is nothing to take lightly. A small injury can quickly become infected and lead to long-term injury or disability. Because an injury or wound is likely to result in pain for your animal, they may react by not wanting you near them.  If your dog or cat is growling or hissing at you, don’t let it stop you from seeking medical attention for their wounds.

Symptoms in which to contact your veterinarian immediately:

Signs of shock

Animal bite (infection risk if very high)

Excessive bleeding or bleeding that will not stop

A wound that requires stitches

Deep puncture wound to chest or abdomen

Foreign matter in the wound

Hit by a car

Wound does not heal after a few days

* Any sign of a bacterial infection

If your animal is healthy, is not immuno- compromised or geriatric, most soft tissue injuries and superficial wounds can be treated at home by thoroughly washing the wound with soap that is specifically formulated for dogs and cats and drying the area with a clean, cotton cloth. As a pet owner, you can do a lot for your animal to lessen the discomfort and pain associated with an abrasion by using a natural product that soothes the skin, aids in healing and reduces the risk of infection and scarring.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as first aid products to expedite and support the natural healing process, to soothe pain and help to gently clean open wounds, cuts and scrapes, to support the body’s ability to resist infections, to boost immunity, to stimulate new tissue growth for wound healing and promote health in connective tissues, soft tissue, tendons, muscles & bones, to reduce inflammation and inhibit growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi and to speed the healing process from the inside out.  

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.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Soothed & Serene  (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due toanxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

Related Products:

All Shins & Grins  (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune response, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will conduct a physical examination of the affected leg, checking for warm, swollen muscles or joints check your pet’s gait, check for the full range of motion of the joints, and for signs of pain or joint instability.

Soft tissue injuries do not typically show up on x-ray, but an x-ray may be taken to rule out fracture or signs of arthritis.

Rest is usually recommended for soft tissue injuries, and use of an anti-inflammatory. Surgery is sometimes necessary to repair a torn or ruptured tendon or ligament, to help stabilize the joint and to minimize long-term damage and arthritis.



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