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Strep Throat

Strep Throat in dogs and catsSore throat and tonsil treatments for dogs and cats.

Herbal remedies for symptoms related to sore throat 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 body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

Dogs and cats have two tonsils located in the back of the throat, where they act much like lymph nodes to combat throat infections. When the tonsils become inflamed, the condition is called tonsillitis. It is most common in small breeds of dogs but can also affect cats.

The group A streptococcal sore throat (commonly known as strep throat) that occurs in young children can produce mild or unapparent sore throat in dogs and cats, which may then harbor the bacteria in the respiratory tract.

Although dogs usually get the infection from human members of their family, and not vice versa, to eliminate the bacteria in households with recurrent strep throat, consider treating pets as well as family members.

Strep throat is associated with infections in the mouth, sinuses, or respiratory tract. Strep throat can be related to a build up of bacterial tartar on the teeth and associated inflammation of the gums. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by overgrowth of bacteria that are normally found in the mouth, which means that it is not usually contagious to other pets or people.

Strep throat can also occur with systemic diseases such as parvovirus, distemper, herpes virus, and pseudo rabies. Dogs with an anal gland infection may also have a sore throat from spreading the infection while licking at their glands.

Symptoms of strep throat:

Lethargy

Depression

Physical weakness

Glossy, glazed or foggy eyes

Loss of appetite

Slower eating

Increased water intake

Lethargic intake of water

Fever

Unresponsive to commands

Increased sleep

In advanced stages of strep throat, your pet will be unresponsive to commands or verbal signals, will likely need help getting up and may need to be carried around and may refuse food.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used as a respiratory tonic for the immune system, to reduce symptoms related to tonsillitis, to inflammation, pain and infection, to limit sneezing, wheezing and coughing; to treat and provide symptomatic relief for respiratory problems; to keep the lungs, chest and throat clear; to relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing; to repair smooth muscles and clear infection and allergen triggers in the respiratory system and provide respiratory and immunity protection.

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Conventional Treatment:

Treatment involves antibiotics to combat the infection, followed by therapy to remove the source of infection. A dental cleaning may be needed to remove built-up tartar and calculus.

Tonsillectomy is recommended only when the infection does not respond well to treatment, or if the condition recurs frequently. Feed a soft diet consisting of canned dog food mixed with water to make a mush.

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