Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines for Dogs & Cats

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Homeopathy is a Science

Other than the conventional medicines which are based on the principle of “poison kills poison”, the Homeopathic system, pioneered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Europe in the 19th century works on the principle of “Similimum similibus curantur” or “Like cures like,” . Homeopathic practitioners have found that substances that produce symptoms similar to the symptoms of the disease can be used to cure the same disease.

Homeopathy for Animals

Most of the veterinarians or pet practitioners accept homeopathy as the best alternative to conventional treatment because of it’s nature to cure even the chronic diseases that we commonly see in animal patients. The goal of a homeopathic veterinarian is not merely to treat the disease but to cure it. That is the most important concept of the Homeopathic System of Medicine.  Homeopathic medicine cures any chronic disease with added benefits like no side effects or no contraindications. 

Diseases that can be treated with homeopathy

A lot of chronic problems that cannot be treated by conventional western medicine can be treated by homeopathy.  Conditions like skin allergies, ear infections, asthma, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, thyroid disease, and many other conditions have a cure with homeopathy.

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Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines for Pets in INDIA

In the current scenario of Pet Medicines specially Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine for Dogs and Cats, there is very little awareness among Pet Practitioners and Pet Parents regarding the ready to use of Homoeopathic Medicines For Pets. India’s first and foremost company of Veterinary Homoeopathic Medicine “Goel Vet Pharma Pvt Ltd” had launched a complete range of ready to use, sure shot, Homoeopathic Medicines for Pets. People can find details through the website of the company:

Easy to Give & Side Effect Free Medicines

Homeopathic Medicines are always easy to give, You can give these medicines to your pet in drinking water, on bread, or directly on the tongue. but please do not give medicine mixed in food or meat or Egg etc. Homeopathic medicines are always Side Effect Free Medicines and can be given for a long time without any side effects.

HOMEOPATHIC CURE

Homeopathy: a system of complementary medicine in which ailments are treated by minute doses of natural substances which in larger amounts would produce symptoms similar to the actual ailment in a healthy one. A lot of studies say Homoeopathy cures incurable diseases too. “Homoeopathic medicine = Energy e.g. E = mc2

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Since then the effectiveness of Homoeopathy has been proved in a huge number of patients. The same principle has been explored and extended to all kinds of life including animals. Now, Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine is having an emerging market in the field of small and large animals. People are positive towards better alternatives to conventional treatment with better cure and probably without side-effects or contraindications. Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines for all the domestic animals are the best available option that can solve most of the problems of the poor livestock farmers and pet parents as well as veterinarians.

WAY TO CLEAN MILK

Homoeopathic Veterinary Medicines for livestock like a cow, buffalo, sheep, goat, camel, etc., are very useful in case of the procurement of clean milk because it does not contain any chemicals of any kind. Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines are even proved to reduce the residue level of antibiotics and chemicals from the milk. Homeopathic Veterinary medicines are much effective in animals suffering from mastitis, repeat breeding, anoestrum, endometritis, and even other common complaints like diarrhea, constipation, hepatic disorders, etc.

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HEALTHY PET NATURALLY

Homoeopathic Veterinary Medicines for pets is highly advantageous for those who are looking for easily administrable, highly effective, side-effect free, and contraindications free treatment for conditions like distemper, pseudo-pregnancy, pyrexia, indigestion, vomiting, or any other general disorders of liver or urine infections. Homeopathic Veterinary Medicines for dogs and cats is the best alternative for side-effect-free medication ever known.

PET SUPPLEMENTS

We always try to give the best food to our pets for their long, happy, healthy lives. The supplements provided by our company are exclusively for those pet parents who are worried about their pet’s weakness or poor eating habits even after supplying the best healthy food. As supplements are very important for maintaining a healthy balance of every dog, pet parents should be aware of all the important pet supplements required for the proper growth of a young dog. Though the food we provide has mixed supplements, they may not fill the requirements of young puppies. Hence, supplements must be given for at least 12 months of age of the dog. Many types of supplements are available in the market but choosing the right supplements which contain only the necessary supplements like ours is important.

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WORLD HOMEOPATHY AWARENESS WEEK 2021 – HOMEOPATHY THE ROADMAP FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.

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Homeopathy is one of the many branches of medicine which is also an alternative form of medicine. This medicine system was established in 1700 and was developed in the late 1700s in Germany by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann. The World Homeopathy Awareness Organization created World Homeopathy Awareness Week from April 10th to April 16th. World Homeopathy Day kicks off the week of April 10th, which is Dr. Hahnemann’s birthday. This year on the occasion of World Homeopathy Day, the AYUSH ministry has decided to celebrate the day with the theme- “Homeopathy- Roadmap for Integrative Medicine”.

Integrative medicine approach means that two or more alternative medicine forms along with conventional treatment (allopathy) are used to cure or give relief from medical ailments. As we know due to covid-19 we have started adopting the Ayurvedic approach (like drinking Turmeric milk etc) and the Homeopathic approach (Arsenic Album etc immunity boosters) along with the traditional allopathic antibiotics and such similar drugs. The future is integrative medicine as this serves to be quick, easy, simple, and do-able along with being effective and efficient.

Tanvi Shendye, Bombay Veterinary College, Mumbai

What is Homeopathy? How does it work? What is its core beliefs? How are Homeopathic Medicines made? If you have ever had questions related to Homeopathy, its mode of action, etc, we’ve got you covered in this blog. This world Homeopathy Awareness Week, let us look at some amazing facts and features of Homeopathic Medicine!

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HOMEOPATHY AS AN ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FORM

Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine and has been gaining popularity right along with the Ayurveda medicine system and the Allopathic system. Homeopathy is one of the longest established alternative medicine to come out of Europe. In fact, this medicine system treats the overall wellbeing of a person and not just signs/symptoms observed. The Homeopathic Medicines are termed as remedies and the Homeopathic Doctor suggests one best remedy for the overall health and symptom state of a person, taking into account the full range of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states of the person. Homeopathic Doctor gives the remedy once in a single dose, of the required potency and then observes the responses for the next few weeks and this is called ‘The Constitutional Treatment’ in the classical homeopathy system.

The frequency of medicine dosing (dosage intervals) depends upon the history taken and the severity of the case. For instance, an acute case would be handled in a different way as compared to a chronic long-standing illness. The dosing is frequent (within few minutes or repeating medicine every few hours) in case of acute condition while other cases for normal-chronic cases the dosing interval would be more (for eg. Twice a day or thrice a day or once a day)

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BELIEFS OF HOMEOPATHY MEDICINE

The basic idea behind Homeopathy is not just to treat the symptoms or signs but to focus on the 360° aspect of a disease process. Homeopathic Doctor focuses on the overall well-being of the patient and not just the observable symptoms of the disease. The doctor will ask for your history (just like an allopathic doctor) but on the flip side will ask you more questions than usually asked. They will also ask questions regarding your mental aspect, your surroundings, your behavior, etc. Yes, these things apply to Veterinary Medicine as well! Thus this form of treatment focuses on the overall treatment of disease rather than treating signs and symptoms only. Let’s look at some of the core beliefs of this system-

  1. The major one is like-cures-like

Homeopathy believes that a substance that causes symptoms of a disease in healthy people can cure similar symptoms in sick people; this principle is called similia similibus curentur, or “like cures like”. In fact the name Homeopathy too has a unique meaning. The term “homeopathy” thus comes from the Greek words,  hómoios which means “-like” and páthos which means “suffering” thus, even the name is based on this ‘Like-cures-like’ phenomena.

 

  1. Potency of drugs

According to the principles of homeopathy, each dilution makes the product stronger. The process is called potentization. In homeopathic medicine, this is called the Law of Infinitesimals.

 

  1. Bring back the body to its natural form – Homeostasis

Homeopathic treatment is designed to facilitate the release of the illness. This system believes in the power of natural forces which works to ensure the body is back to its best form by maintaining homeostasis (a state of perfect well being)

HOW ARE HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES MADE?

Homeopathic preparations are termed remedies and are prepared using a wide range of things right from including plants, minerals, to animal products. For example, strychnos nux vomica, chinchona bark, aloe, marigold etc.

– A small amount of the mineral, plant, or animal product is added to a dilution material, such as alcohol. (Now you know the reason behind the typical taste of Homeopathic Medicine!).

– Also, sometimes these Homeopathic products may be delivered within small white lactose pills ,(the typical white tiny balls which we know of) or in liquids, or creams (for eg. Calendula cream) that are used externally.

-These remedies are generally labeled by the ratio of dilution and the number of times diluted. For example  30C, 10M.

 

These were a few facts about Homeopathy as an alternative medicine form. This World Homeopathy Awareness Week, we hope you spread the good word about the benefits, facts of Homeopathy as an alternative medicine form and take very good care of your as well as your pet’s health. Let’s keep in mind the theme for this year 2021, “Homeopathy- Roadmap for Integrative Medicine” and focus on building a society, where every human being and their pets as well as others outside like the flora and fauna, the strays are all fit healthy and happy

With 360° good health approach, we have the ability and power to create a difference, a good difference, build up a better world. Let’s pave the way for Homeopathy as the roadmap for integrative medicine!

We at GoelVet Pharma wish you a Very Happy World Homeopathy Awareness Week 2021!

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Protect your pets from worms, It’s easy with side-effect-free medication

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No pet parent likes to think of their dog having worms, but there’s almost nothing unusual about it – in fact, your puppy or dog has probably had them at some point in their lives.

Most puppies are actually born with worms, which are contracted from their mother’s milk like toxocara, while other dog worms are obtained from fleas and flies or the environment. If your puppy or dog has worms and the treatment is followed speedily, there’s no need for your dog’s health to be compromised at all.

Dr. Sakshi Sharma, MVSc, J&K

Different kinds of worms your dog may have

There are hundreds of kinds of worms that your dog could have, but some are more common than others. They all can have different kinds of symptoms. The best way for them is to look out for anything particularly unusual – especially in your dog’s feces – in case of worms are involved. The different kinds of worms, in general, can be:

Tapeworms

Roundworms

Hookworms

Whipworms

Lungworms

Heartworms etc.

How can your dog get these worms?

 

Puppies are infected with roundworms (Toxocara spp and Toxascaris spp) from their mother’s milk.

 

This is why it is important to worm expectant and nursing mothers with a safe, veterinary licensed product.

 

Dogs can also be infected by eating contaminated rodents or soil.

 

Roundworms in dogs can be identified as long noodles-like shapes in the faeces or, in severe cases, in vomit.

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Symptoms of worms in dogs

It’s not always easy to detect dog worms with your eyes, so don’t worry if you get it wrong – if you’re unsure about worms in your dog, or you don’t know what kind they are, consultation with a veterinarian can help solve this problem. Regular vet checkups will give your vet the chance to spot any potential dog health problems and help resolve them before they become serious. In any case, your vet should be consulted before you try to formulate any treatment yourself, just in case there’s a different problem at hand.

So the common symptoms to know if your dog has got worms are:

  • Dog worms in your pet’s faeces, vomit, or around their anus.
  • Weakness and depression.
  • Rubbing their bottom on the floor.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Weight loss despite a good appetite.
  • An abnormally swollen stomach.
  • Severe vomiting, loss of appetite, and depression might be a result of a large burden causing a blockage of the intestine (which is usually seen in puppies).
  • Coughing and bleeding problems, among various other signs, may suggest Lungworm.
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Prevention and control of worms in dogs

Your puppy should already be worm-free if they’ve come from a reputable breeder or rescue center, as they will have been dewormed before being handed over to you. Keep the records of the de-worming treatment, and ask your vet how to continue the schedule. If you keep track of your pet’s de-worming treatment and keep checking for symptoms, their chances of suffering through ill health because of worms is greatly reduced.

It’s not just puppies that suffer from the worms but the adult dogs need worming too, as they might pick infections while their outdoor activities. Ask the vet to supply a dewormer and provide you with more information on symptoms of worms in dogs. They can also tell you how frequently your dog would benefit from worming, so you can get a proper record.

Sometimes, stool sampling can be recommended for the proper identification of the worms involved. In this case, the stool samples are observed under the microscope to identify the type of eggs.

Dog worms and humans

Sometimes, dog worms can be transmitted to humans, or spread dog-to-dog via faeces. Because of this, it is always a good idea to dispose of stools when your dog goes to the toilet outside. This will help to prevent re-infestation and will protect his playmates as well. There are a number of other parasites to look for which are present on your dog’s body, including fleas, mites and ticks.

 

Although it’s alluring for them, try not to let your dog eat slugs and snails. Human infection is uncommon, but always use proper hygiene measures, such as making sure children wash their hands after playing with your pet just to be safe.

Generally, worms in dogs are not a serious concern, as long as you detect them and treat them in good time, your dog will be as happy as ever!

Homeopathic Medicine for Worms

WORMISULE XP for PET 30ml

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WORMISULE XP is the best and unique Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine Formulation for the expulsion of all kinds of worms. WORMISULE XP is the best Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine for Deworming in Dogs and Cats of all ages and breeds.

It works on the homeopathic principle i.e. “Similia Simillibus Curanter” which means “like cures like”. Hence, such formulations that cause symptoms like a diseased animal in a healthy one are used to prepare this wonder drug formula for deworming of pets.  It is a formulation that is developed by a renowned Indian veterinarian after consulting many homeopaths and conducting advanced field trials over the years with continuous supervision and training.

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SUNSHINE OF PET HEALTH : WORLD HEALTH DAY 2021

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‘Health is Wealth’ we have often read this quote since childhood, where we talk about the importance of good health as this is the ONLY and prime wealth we have in our lives. That’s true to many extents as wealth is of many types – monetary wealth, luxury wealth,  etc but the important one is always the wealth of health.

Every Year on April 7th, The WHO – World Health Organization observes “WORLD HEALTH DAY” and over the past 50 years, this event has brought to light important health issues such as mental health, maternal/ child care, climate change, etc. The date of 7 April marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. World Health Day is a global health awareness day to spread awareness, knowledge and to focus on topics that are often directly or indirectly ignored- for instance, mental health.

Tanvi Shendye, Bombay Veterinary College

Health includes but is not limited to physical health (a state of being free from diseases). In fact, Health is defined as a state of physical, mental, and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent.  Each year on World Health Day, the WHO announces a theme for the day. The 2021 theme for World Health Day is “Building a fairer, healthier world”. 

What is a fairer healthier world?

A world is considered to be healthy when there are peace and justice prevailing with happiness and perfect health as its the anchor. A world is considered to be fair when no species is considered to be greater or smaller, where each and every being regardless of their species, race, religion, ethnicity is treated with love and kindness. Good Health is a fundamental right of every single being walking the face of the earth. Yes, this includes all wildlife, all stray animals, all pets, all trees, all birds, all humans!

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This World Health Day 2021, let’s talk about the Physical, Mental, and Social well-being of our beloved furry friends, our pets who are our family members and are at the core of our lives. This world health day. Here’s how you can ensure good health in pets!

PHYSICAL HEALTH

This topic is often touched upon almost daily in our blogs, so please make sure to read them! This world health day, we can ensure our pets good physical health by following the 4 steps to physical wellness

  1. General check-ups
  2. Routine Deworming
  3. Vaccination
  4. Exercises

Let’s discuss them in detail-

  1. General Check-ups

General Check-ups refers to routine health checkups of your pets. Once every 8-12 months it’s a good practice to take your furry friend to the veterinarian. Why? Ensure your furry baby is scanned thoroughly for any ailments!

There are some diseases that are cryptic (for example cancer) while some diseases are very mild which often goes unnoticed, as the signs/symptoms your pet might be showing are too bleak to be noticed. Your Vet will often carry out the routine procedures of running a blood panel to ensure there’s no infection of any sort.  They will also make sure that your pet’s gums, teeth, ear, nails, skin are in perfect shape. That’s the veterinarian’s part. Here’s what you, as a pet parent can do on the daily basis –

  1. Check your dog/cat’s fur coat for any ticks/fleas

Ticks and fleas are notorious for spreading diseases such as tapeworm infection, tick fever (Ehrlichia spp, Babesia spp). A routine daily checkup of these ectoparasites is a great way to start focusing on the physical health of your pets.

The use of shampoos that have good action against ticks and fleas can be used for this purpose along with the use of other tools such as spot-on, anti-flea collars, etc.

Pro Tip– brushing your pet’s fur with a comb almost daily has immense beneficial effects.

  1. It gives a sense of calm, relief to your baby (as combing/brushing is scratching their backs)
  2. It helps you to locate ticks and fleas quickly!
  3. No fur knots formed!
  1. Routine Deworming

It is a good practice to follow the deworming schedule as prescribed by your Vet. Generally, adults are dewormed once every 3 to 4 months as it prevents scope for any endoparasitic infections such as tapeworms, roundworms, etc. Tapeworms are particularly very intimidating creatures as they tend to take up all the nutrients from your pet’s body to thrive and cause your pets to lose weight, become weaker. And it’s a fact if you’re physically weak/not strong enough, you tend to be mentally weak too. If you’re physically being bothered, it’s pretty obvious you’re mentally going to get bothered too! Hence, deworm your pets!!

 

  1. Vaccination

Routine vaccination schedule and record-keeping is an extremely important aspect of the general fitness of your furry friend.

Adults require annual vaccination against rabies and other viral diseases such as Parvovirus, Distemper virus, Leptospira bacteria. We are blessed with good vaccines and must follow this yearly vaccination schedule to prevent many of the notorious diseases such as gastrointestinal infections, etc. Thanks to Covid-19 we all know the importance of immunity and how vaccines play an important role in building it. Vaccinations in pets play the same role! Vaccines build up immunity for your pets so that they are not harmed when exposed to dangerous viruses and bacterias.

 

  1. Exercise

Taking your pet for a refreshing walk, or jogging daily with your furry paw ensures your pet has good physical activity. Exercising daily has immense health benefits which act as a base to build upon good health, a happy mind, and a sound body.  Exercise acts as a stimulant and releases happy hormones. Exercise helps to increase flexibility and endurance. Also, it boosts strength, provides mental satisfaction and happiness. Exercises keep many health problems caused by obesity at bay! When your dog is lacking exercise, it ends up becoming bored or frustrated. And this can manifest itself as destructive behavior or aggression.

Here’s what you can do –

  1. Daily walks 2-4 times per day to refresh them and give them relief from holding their bladder.
  2. Playing with ball/toys
  3. Running in the backyard
  4. Going on hikes or short jog
  5. Toys and play area for puppies and kittens
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MENTAL & SOCIAL HEALTH

Let’s talk about the lesser-known facets which prove to be very essential for maintaining the good health of our furry friends – The Mental and Social well-being.

Pets, like humans, can undergo periods of stress, anxiety, and depression, loneliness. Due to certain events occurring around. Just like humans, pets too get affected by it.

Here’s what you can do to ensure good mental and social health for your pets-

  1. Give them time and attention

Yes, the best part of your pets’ day is when they spend time with you. You are the best thing in their lives, Never forget this fact! They love when you just give them a little time and attention despite your hectic schedule. So go on, talk to them, love them, take them on walks and just focus on increasing the bond between you two.

This ensures 2 things

  1. Happiness for your pets
  2. Happiness for you

And just by being there and spending some time with them, it’s a scientific fact that stress levels rapidly decrease (in humans and animals both) and happy hormones start increasing.

 

  1. Speak Positive Words.

Whenever your pet is acting like a good boy/good girl make sure they know it too! Saying positive words and good thoughts, words of encouragement does in fact help your pets feel super proud and happy. It relaxes the stress and promotes happiness!! We all need a ray of sunshine in our lives. For pets, you are the ray of sunshine! So go on, talk to them! Tell your pets how your day was, ask them how their day was. Maybe you both won’t understand each other due to the language barrier, but trust me, we do understand emotions regardless of language and species. Try it today!

3. Walks

Yes, daily walks help in promoting the good physical health of your pets but also, it does help in the mental sector too. Walks help to refresh their minds and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are endless benefits of walking.

  1. Rejuvenation
  2. Happiness Quotient
  3. Analysis of situation
  4. Enjoying nature
  5. Staying fit
  6. Mental and physical stimulation
  7. Obesity can be kept under check

You can decide where to walk your pets. Dog parks seem to be a great place too. It will help your little furry friend make some other friends while you too can make friends with other pet parents. So go on make some friends at the park and have a happy little dog party!

 

4. Socializing

When your furry babies are babies (puppies) make sure you’re taking them between humans and fellow dogs to initiate friendship. Even if your pets are adults, try to make them aware of their surroundings and encourage them to initiate friendships with fellow humans and fellow dogs. Friendship and Bonding are the core nature of all creatures. We always notice every single animal on this planet has some or the other kind of association with some other animal. There are a mutual bonding and love which binds us all. Hence, make sure you’re allowing your pet to expand their horizons and enjoy what life has to offer by loving and bonding with others. This helps with conditions such as social anxiety, loneliness, depression, lethargy, and isolation.

This World Health Day ’21 let’s keep in mind the theme “Building a fairer, healthier world” by focusing on the health of our pets along with us humans! Let’s start this trend to prioritize our well-being along with the well-being of all of them living amongst us which includes our pets, our community stray animals, our wild animals, our birds, our trees! Only when we respect nature and its beings can we thrive physically and mentally. Only when we believe and vouch to work for building a fairer healthier world for all, can we actually stay connected, grounded, and healthy in the true sense.

It’s a circle of life, let’s pledge to be a part of the change to preserve, save and grow our community as citizens of earth. Let’s pledge to BUILD A FAIRER AND HEALTHIER WORLD!  We, the Goel Vet Pharma team wish you and your furry friend a Very Happy World Health Day’21. Here’s to a new chapter of building a happy, fairer, and healthier world!  

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Don’t fool yourself- These side effects can be harmful for your pets.

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Side Effects on Pet's Health

While deciding to give a pet medication, we often determine if the benefits outweigh the risks. Why do we do that? Because even if we tend to focus on the good that medications can do, the fact is that every medication might cause unwanted side effects as well. Having an insight of possible side effects of such pet’s medications and what to do if they develop is simply a concern of a responsible pet parent.

Dr. Sakshi Sharma, MVSc. J&K

Some common side effects of pet’s medication that seem to be common but are of immense concern could be:

1. Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Many medications are given to pets by oral route and are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the possible side effects like vomiting, diarrhoea, and poor appetite are quite common. Any oral medication might upset the stomach with moderate to extreme discomfort to the pet. This quite often resolves over a period of time as the body adjusts to the medication or if the drug follows the meal, but sometimes more serious symptoms develop too.

An example of this is antibiotics. Antibiotics are notorious for causing gastrointestinal signs, diarrhoea in particular because they can also kill the helpful bacterial population in the gut that is essential for normal digestion.

2. Stomach Ulcers

Steroidal drugs like prednisone, prednisolone, dexamethasone, etc., and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, NSAIDs like carprofen, deracoxib and firocoxib are known to increase a pet’s risk of developing digestive tract ulcers which can lead to vomiting or diarrhoea that may contain blood. These medications when given together increase the risk of developing life-threatening stomach ulcers.  Medications that decrease the production of stomach acid and protect the mucosa of the digestive tract can help heal and prevent ulcers.

3. Nodules and Lumps

Skin involvement is also a huge side effect of medications especially given by injections. In some cases, the relationship is obvious. For example, if a drug is given by injection, it is not unusual for a small bump to develop under the skin. These bumps usually disappear over the course of a few days to weeks. However, sometimes the bumps don’t go away and cause serious affections further like allergies, wounds, or granuloma formation which are highly discomforting to the pet and pose them to infections.

4. Skin reactions

Topically applied skin medications (e.g., flea and tick repellents and other ectoparasitic spot-on products) will sometimes irritate the skin and cause hair loss, rashes, redness, flaking, and often itching. Usually cleaning and washing the affected area with mild soap and cool water and some time is all that is needed for the skin to return to normal. However, in the future avoid using the product that caused the reaction.

The possibility of other rare skin infections is also possible. For example, allergic drug reactions may cause a pet to develop hypersensitivity or hives. A variety of drugs can also cause toxic epidermal necrosis, which is characterized by skin reddening and blistering.

5. Liver or Kidney Damage

All medications eventually need to be metabolized and excreted from the body. The liver and kidneys are the sole organs that responsible for this job and they may be damaged in the metabolization and excretion of harmful metabolite products. Symptoms like increased thirst and urination, panting, anemia, refusal to eat, vomiting, diarrhea, lassitude, and lethargy are commonly seen when a pet develops a medication side effect involving the liver or kidneys.

Unfortunately, there are some side effects that are idiosyncratic, which means that their occurrence is not quite often and it’s impossible to determine beforehand which individuals are at risk. Such an example is the relationship between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and intense liver failure in dogs. Millions of dogs take these medications every year and experience no side effects but a few do face potentially fatal liver damage. Grossly, the benefits of NSAIDs outweigh the risks, but this is definitely not the case for the unfortunate dogs who suffer the impact of this rare side effect.

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6. Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity

Certainly, the scariest and most fatal side effect of drugs that a pet parent can witness is anaphylaxis. It is a potentially fatal type of allergic reaction. The symptoms of anaphylaxis start to show up after a pet has been exposed to a drug at least a couple of times. The reaction occurs quickly, often within a span of a few minutes to half an hour or so after the pet has been given the drug. Symptoms include difficulty to respire, pale or blue-tinged mucous membranes, vomition, diarrhea, shock, and collapse. Rapid supportive treatment includes intravenous fluids and injections of epinephrine, steroids, and diphenhydramine which are essential to be given in fractions of seconds if a pet has to be saved.

7. Lethargy, Lassitude, Weakness, and More

These are general manifestations of numerous medications. Many medications that pets are given have an effect on the brain. Sometimes these are expected outcomes of sedatives and anti-anxiety medications, but at other times it is an unwanted side effect. For example, opioids like morphine, butorphanol, buprenorphine, fentanyl, and tramadol can cause lethargy or even dysphoria. So the pet feels abnormal sensations leading to a state of unease. Certainly, these symptoms vanish over the course of a few days to a week or so as the body gets used to the medication. The commonly prescribed gut-acting antibiotic metronidazole also has an effect on the brain, especially when given at high doses in acute infections or in elderly patients. It can cause abnormal eye movements, weakness, unsteadiness, and seizures.

The herding dog breeds like Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, English Sheepdogs, and related breeds have a gene mutation that makes them especially sensitive to macrocyclic lactones like ivermectin or moxidectin which are the most common drugs to kill parasites.  Symptoms of toxicity include dilated pupils, unsteadiness, mental dullness, drooling of saliva, vomiting, blindness, tremors, seizures, shock, coma, and death. However, the dose of ivermectin or moxidectin in heartworm prophylactic medications is so low that it is safe for use almost in any breed of dog.

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Preventing and Treating Pet Medication Side Effects

Discussed above are the most common and frequent side effects of the drugs. However, other less common side effects such as those involving the bone marrow and blood, reproductive system, heart, and eye are also possible. Sometimes more than one symptom or a series of symptoms can be observed in one particular individual while none in the other.

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A lot can be done by the owners to protect their pets from the side effects of medications. Consulting a veterinarian before administering any kind of medication to your pet. The use of Homeopathy based medicine which involves the principle of curing ailments using ingredients from nature can also be a great alternative to protecting your pet from these kinds of side effects. Homeopathic medicine for cats and dogs is a complete treatment approach using natural substances to stimulate the body’s natural healing and defense processes. Similar to human homeopathy,  veterinary homeopathy can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from allergies to diarrhea. Homeopathy concentrates on taking care of the whole animal with methods that are specific, gentle, and parallel to the body’s needs. It is based on the utilization of specially prepared, refined dilutions of extracts of herbs, minerals elements, and other natural substances, and is a great alternative treatment option for pets.

Having better know-how of the medications prescribed by the veterinarian helps to respond during emergency conditions. And finally, never change the dosage or dosing schedule of your pet’s medications on your own without first talking to your vet. Giving your pet too little or too much of a drug can be equally dangerous.

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A BATTLE AGAINST COUGHING CLOUDS – HOMEOPATHY FOR PETS

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1,2,3… Sneeze!

We’ve all been there, where we forget what we were doing to focus on the sneeze which is on its way out! Coughing and sneezing are very natural mechanisms to get the irritant out of our respiratory system. In fact, our dear pets too face the coughing sneezing dilemma! The occasional cough in an otherwise healthy dog is usually nothing serious. But just like us, when a dog’s coughing becomes a constant or recurrent problem it can be a sign of serious illness.

But what exactly happens during coughing? What is happening? Why is my pet coughing? If you have such questions, read more below about Coughing:

WHAT IS COUGHING?

A cough, also medically termed as ‘tussis’, is a voluntary or involuntary act that clears the throat and respiratory or the breathing passage of foreign agents such as microbes, pollutants, irritants, fluids, and mucus.

It is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, as a reflex action or deliberate action.

 

WHY IS MY PET COUGHING?

There are many reasons for the coughing mechanism

Let’s classify them for the sake of easy understanding broadly into –

Extra- Respiratory Causes and

Respiratory Causes

Let’s begin by discovering the extra-respiratory causes

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EXTRA RESPIRATORY CAUSES OF COUGH

Extra Respiratory essentially means the causes lie apart from the respiratory system. That is, the cause of coughing is not the lungs but something apart from the respiratory system is causing coughing.

  1. THROAT CLEARANCE

Coughing is the main standard method of clearing the throat and trachea. What exactly happens is whenever your pet’s airways become clogged with mucus or foreign particles such as smoke or dust, the body tries to remove it out as quickly as possible through coughing. It is a  reflex reaction that attempts to clear the particles from the tract to make breathing easier.

Usually, this type of coughing is relatively infrequent, however, coughing might continue to increase if the exposure to irritants such as smoke/dust is not removed at the earliest.

It could be noticed that pets, whose owners are chronic cigarette smokers, can also end up coughing.

  1. ASTHMA

One of the causes of coughing could be asthma. Typically, asthmatic coughing involves wheezing, which makes it easy to identify. Dog asthma is an allergic disease. There is some trigger that initiates the ‘Anti-Foreign Body Mechanism’ inside the body. Asthma attacks in dogs are caused by an allergic reaction and often result in airway inflammation. It causes constriction and spasms of the small airways in the lungs. Asthma is usually seen in middle-aged dogs and some young dogs.

However, it’s not a frequent cause of coughing but it’s always better to get your pets diagnosed by a trained veterinarian who will suggest you the line of treatment for the same.

  1. MEDICATION

Some medications can cause coughing, although even this is generally a rare side effect. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors [used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions] can cause coughing.

However, the coughing stops when the medication is discontinued.

  1. MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS

Other conditions that may cause a cough include:

a) Damage to the vocal cords

b) Postnasal drip

c) Serious and life-threatening conditions such as pulmonary embolism or Congestive heart Failure.

Tip – A persistent cough during the evening or night hours indicates heart problems so it’s best to get your pet diagnosed at the earliest for any doubts about the cause of coughing/wheezing.

Now that we have discovered the non-respiratory causes, let’s now focus on the Respiratory Causes of coughing.

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RESPIRATORY CAUSES

Respiratory Causes of coughing basically involve pathogens that causes irritation in the tract as well as disease progression.

Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites can all infect a dog’s upper respiratory tract, lung tissues, airways, or both airways as well as lung tissues thus, causing the dogs to cough.

Sometimes dogs get bronchitis or pneumonia due to these Bacterias (eg Mycobacterium), Viruses (eg Influenza Virus) and Fungi (eg Aspergillus). Other causes could be because they have inhaled some allergens such as dirt, grass seeds, or food, which can lead to an infection of the airways. In certain rare cases, lung cancer is the diagnosis. However, Your vet will help you to decide the best possible way out by diagnosing the conditions properly. Other major causes of coughing include Distemper Virus, Kennel cough : [Kennel cough is the common name for a honking type canine cough].

WHAT SIGNS SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR?

Coughing could be because of the influenza virus causing normal seasonal flu to the life-threatening conditions such as CHF or Allergic reaction. It’s best to get your pet diagnosed at the earliest to avoid any future obstacles in the recovery phase.

Keep an eye on –

  • The period of coughing. i.e. whether the cough lasts for a few hours or more than few days, or is worsening as time passes by.
  • Behavioral Aspects- If your pet is depressed or seems extra tired
  • The rise in temperature – Keep an eye on whether they have a fever
  • Anorexia – If your pet has developed anorexia i.e they won’t eat.
  • Concurrent Health Problems- if your pet has some underlying non-diagnosed health problems it could take a toll on your pet’s health adversely.

 

HOW TO DIAGNOSE?

The Diagnosis is generally based on the type of cough, the consistency of it and the time period

If the cough lasts only for a few hours and subsides, then it’s an acute cough

If it lasts for more than a few weeks it may be a chronic cough due to some health issues.

Your veterinarian will diagnose your pet on basis of some tests

  1. BLOOD PANEL

Your Vet may suggest routine blood checkup to rule out or rule in Infections.

A complete blood count test (CBC) gives a clear picture regarding the blood cells and whether there’s an Infection going on in the body

 

  1. X-RAY

X-Ray is an extremely handy diagnostic tool as it can check the lung patterns and even the heart for any lesion which may cause coughing in your pets

 

  1. History

Based on the history of signs and symptoms that your pet may be exhibiting, a good diagnosis can be made. Diagnosis is based partly on history as well! Hence it’s essential that you give the proper and complete history of the signs that your pet exhibits.

Ie. If with coughing you notice any other signs and symptoms and if there are any other concerns, which you may have, should be promptly expressed to your Vet.

 

TREATMENT PROTOCOL

Treatment is based on diagnosing, thus diagnosis is key.

If your pet has coughing due to Respiratory causes your Vet may suggest antibiotics, fluids, and other such medicines for your pet.

In cases of other reasons such as allergies, the coughing generally subsides when the causative irritant is removed (like pollen/cigarette or vehicle smoke, etc)

On the other hand, for coughing caused due to heart problems, the treatment protocol is totally different and focuses primarily on resolving the heart disease to subsequently resolve the coughing problem.

Homeopathic Treatment for coughing –

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Dosage: 20 drops three times a day or as directed by the doctor.

 

Coughing is a normal phenomenon we observe in our day-to-day lives and thus it’s a manageable condition!

However, the root cause should be discovered as quickly as possible to prevent any delays in the recovery period. Thus, along with the conventional treatment as suggested by your vet, WHEEZ GO for pets is a homeopathic drug for coughing due to causes such as influenza or respiratory disorders.

So,

If your dog has a cough due to the flu and is feeling a bit low, check out our amazing product WHEEZ GO!

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HOMEOPATHIC VETERINARY MEDICINE FOR INFERTILITY AMONG DAIRY CATTLE

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Infertility in general means  degree of reduced /delayed/ irregular desire or ability to mate, capacity to conceive and to nourish an embryo, and finally the power to expel a normal foetus and foetal membranes at the time of parturition.

Dr. Sakshi Sharma, MVSc

In normal reproductive process, the animal has to undergo various aspects-

  • Functional ovaries
  • Development and maturation of follicles
  • Displaying estrus behavior
  • Fertile coitus
  • Timely ovulation
  • The arrest of ova with fimbria of the oviduct
  • Successful conception
  • Tubal journey of zygote
  • Implantation of embryo
  • Development of embryo
  • Development of embryo, fetus and its membranes
  • Successful birth at full term with intact membranes
  • Resumption of cyclicity and restoration of uterine function after parturition.

Any disturbance due to management or disease or the genetic make-up at any stage of these steps may cause infertility.

Forms of infertility

  1. A) Anatomical

Congenital and Acquired

  1. B) Functional

 Anestrus, Cystic Ovarian Degeneration, Repeat Breeding Syndrome

  1. C) Infectious

 Specific and Non-specific

  1. D) Managemental

Nutrition,  Poor Heat Detection, Wrong time/ Faulty Insemination

Anatomical form of infertility

A) Congenital Anomalies

Congenital lesions of the ovaries are rare.

Ovarian agenesis-

It is a rare hereditary condition in which one or both the ovaries are absent and the animal has a poorly developed genital tract. The cyclic behaviour of the animal is absent due to a lack of reproductive hormones.

Ovarian Hypoplasia-

In this condition, one or both the ovaries are small, narrow, spindle-shaped rather than oval and functionless. No cyclicity occurs if both ovaries are involved. This condition arises due to autosomal recessive gene with incomplete penetrance and usually associated with the white coat colour.

Intersexuality (Hermaphrodite)-

In this condition, the animal’s phenotypic sex does not correspond with the gonadal sex or chromosomal sex. The sexuality of the animal is confused by the presence of anatomical structures in both sexes.

A true hermaphrodite has both male and female gonads which may be either separate or combined as ovo-testes.  It has been found in horses, goat, cows and pigs. But it is more common in pigs and goats than in other species.

In a pseudohermaphrodite gonad of one sex i.e., testes or ovaries are present but the remaining part of the reproductive system has parts representing both sexes. It has been observed in pigs, goats and dogs.

Freemartin-

It is distinct from intersexuality. The condition occurs in the female member of the heterosexual twin in which the allanto- chorionic membranes of the twins fuse early during embryonic development as early as 30 days, prior to the development of reproductive organs. This fusion allows the exchange of blood between the twins. It is noted in cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, but not in horses, dogs and cats.

Characteristics of Freemartin-

  • The freemartin is sterile.
  • Gonads vary widely in appearance.
  • Normal to abnormal ovaries.
  • Defective development of the genital tract.
  • The clitoris may be enlarged and a tuft of hair at the vulva is more prominent.
  • The mammary gland remains rudimentary and can be distinguished from normal by 1-2 months.

Segmental aplasia of Mullerian duct/ White heifer disease-

This defect leads to various anomalies of the vagina, cervix, and uterus. It can be sub-fertile or sterile. The ovaries develop normally consequently the animal shows cyclicity. There is a significant level of secretory activity of tubular parts but due to obstruction, these secretions distend the lumen of the reproductive tract. This defect is associated with a single recessive sex-limited gene with linkage to white coat colour and is commonly found in white shorthorn heifers.

Parovarian Cysts-

Around 1 cm in diameter and adjacent to the ovary in the mesosalpinx and may press lumen of the oviduct.

Atresia of the vulva-

The vulva is abnormally small and results in dystocia and requires episiotomy at the time of delivery of foetus.

Cysts of Gartner’s duct-

These ducts are two in number in cow and located beneath the mucosa of the floor of the vagina these are usually difficult to detect. Cystic distension of these ducts may occur due to high levels of estrogen. These cysts may be as big as 5-6 cm in diameter. It rarely causes infertility and can be removed by ablation.

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B) Acquired Infertility

Ovaro- bursal adhesions-

Adhesions between ovaries and bursa are commonly observed in cattle and buffaloes.  It may vary from partial, which does not involve fallopian tubes to complete which involves ovaries, bursa, and fallopian tubes. Fibrous strands of varying thickness extend from bursa to ovary. This condition may be unilateral or bilateral. The ovulation is hampered if the ovary completely adheres to the bursa. It may cause obstruction of fallopian tube lading to the accumulation of secretion, distension, and thinning of walls. Secondary infections may cause the accumulation of pus.

 The functional form of infertility

It usually affects individual animals in a herd. But in aggregate it constitutes an important cause of infertility. It is related to hormonal disturbance influenced by heredity, diseases, nutrition or stress. When this form of infertility affects a large number of animals in a herd, they frequently reflect some other problem especially nutrition.

The functional form of infertility includes problems like anestrus, subestrus/ silent heat, ovulatory defects like delayed ovulation, anovulation, cystic ovarian degeneration ( COD). COD is reported to be the most common cause of infertility followed by subestrus, anestrus, and anovulation/ delayed ovulation.

  1. A) Anestrus

 True anestrus-

In this condition, the ovaries are quiescent with the absence of cyclic activity. The reason for the failure of normal activity is the insufficient to release or production of reproductive hormones to cause follicular development.

Pathological anestrus-

It is due to persistent corpus luteum (CL) because of a defect in the uterus. If damage to the endometrium occurs, synthesis of PGF2 alpha is blocked and CL lysis does not occur, leading to anestrus. The possible conditions, in this case, could be –

  • Pyometra
  • mummifcitaion of foetus
  • maceration of foetus
  • hydrometra
  • mucometra
  • aplasia of endometrial gland
  • uterus unicornis.

Silent heat-

It occurs more frequently between 60 days or more after calving. Occasionally after partition, a silent heat may follow a normal estrus. The animal may not show heat signs but on close observation, heat signs could be noticed. On rectal examination, the cow shows evidence of having ovulated by the presence of a normal corpus luteum, or occasionally the cow may be in estrum or have just ovulated. So, the animal should be closely observed twice a day for 20-3- minutes or teased by the bull.

B) Ovulatory defects

These defects cause problems in normal ovulation. Ovulation in cows occurs 10-12 hours after the end of the behavioral estrus and 18-26 hours after the ovulatory LH peak. During estrus and after the end of estrus several follicles undergo development but usually one, or occasionally two ovulate, the other follicles regress and degenerate. The defects related to ovulation could be-

Delayed ovulation-

As the name indicates, there is a delay in ovulation. So sperms get aged and the animal becomes cyclic repeat breeder. Diagnosis of this condition is difficult since it requires sequential rectal palpation of the ovaries which might itself interfere with the process of ovulation and may cause a premature rupture. It has been recommended that a diagnosis can be made if the same follicle can be detected in the same ovary on two successive examinations, one at peak estrus and the other 24-36 hours later.

Anovulation-

As the name indicated=s the mature follicle fails to ovulate. It can be associated with those conditions which can predispose to true anestrus. Sometimes the true anestrus is preceded by an anovulatory estrus with the follicle regressing and ova degenerate. Another reason could be the failure of regression of the mature follicle.

Cystic ovarian disease (COD)-

Ovaries are said to be cystic when they contain one or more persistent fluid-filled structures larger than a mature follicle i.e. >2.5 mm in diameter in one or both ovaries.  These cysts persist for at least 10 days. As a result, the normal cyclical activity of the cow is altered and the animal becomes either acyclic or nymphomanic ( excessive sex drive or prolonged behavioral estrus).

The incidences are more in high-yielding cows. Other reasons could be feeding of high protein diets, deficiency of vitamin A in diets, and its incidence is more common during 2nd or 3rd pregnancies.

These cysts could be luteal or follicular in origin.

Luteal cysts are thick-walled, hard inconsistency and the affected animal shows signs of anestrus while the follicular cysts are thin-walled, soft inconsistency and the affected cow always remains in heat.

Repeat breeding-

Repeat breeding syndrome is defined as a condition in which the cows or heifers having regular estrus cycles and appear normal on superficial clinical examination, fail to become pregnant following three or more consecutive breeding. Such a cow is called a repeat breeder cow.

It leads to a long service period and inter calving interval, which is responsible for low milk and calf production resulting in economic loss to dairy farmers. In a repeat breeder cow, the fertilization rate and embryo survival rate are low.

Special care for repeat breeders should be taken off. The use of unsterilized types of equipment should be prohibited to lower to risk of genital infections during artificial insemination. If there is a persistent hymen membrane among heifers, it should be ruptured before inserting an insemination gun. A balanced ratio should be offered to the breedable cows. Trace minerals like copper, cobalt, iron should be given in diet or supplementation to allow better hormone production for healthy reproduction.

Animals in heat should be inseminated with high-quality semen. Double insemination should be preferred in crossbreds. If animals are not bred at the right time it may lead to conception failure. Inseminate indigenous cows according to the A.M.-P.M. rule i.e. if the cow comes in heat in the morning then inseminate the cow in the evening and vice-versa.

The infectious form of infertility

  1. A) Specific infections

It is most attributable to the presence of venereal disease caused by various bacterial, viral, or protozoal organisms which are transmitted to the cows from the infected bulls at the time of natural service or through infectious semen at the time of artificial insemination. These include-

Trichomonas infection

Vibrio infection

Brucella infection

IBR-IPV ( infectious pustular vulvovaginitis, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis).

  1. B) Non-specific infections

Catarrhal vaginitis and cervicitis –

It is characterized by the profuse non-odorous yellow mucoid discharge from the vulva. The vagina and cervix are hyperaemic and oedematous but there are no gross pustules. The course of the disease lasts for 7 days to three months fertility and conception are lowered.

Endometritis-

A common cause of infertility in dairy animals is due to inflammation of the uterus on account of bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. There is a mucopurulent discharge from the uterus, especially during the estrum, flakes of pus are there. Oestral discharge is often cloudy, milky instead of being clear and translucent.

Factors predisposing uterus to infections are-

  • The wound on the uterus mucosa
  • Dystocia (difficulty in giving birth)
  • Abnormal parturition
  • Prolapsed of the uterus or vagina
  • Abortions
  • Retained placenta
  • Premature birth
  • Uterine inertia
  • Lack of exercise
  • Delayed uterine involution
  • Injury during AI
  • Unhygienic conditions at the time of calving

Pyometra-

It is the accumulation of pus and mucopurulent material in the uterus accompanied by retained CL resulting to failure of the estrum. The quantity of pus varies from 500ml to 10 litres. There is the failure of oestrum in this condition. The pus from the uterus escapes in the anterior of the vagina. It is expelled when the animal lays down or while urinating or defecating. on rectal palpation, the uterine wall is usually felt thickened, flaccid, and atonic.

Pyometra usually develops following-

  • Dystocia
  • Retarded involution of the uterus
  • Abortion
  • Premature birth
  • Twin calving
  • Retained placenta
  • Septic metritis
  • After service from the infected bull (trichomonas)

Mucometra/ Hydrometra-

It is characterized by cystic degeneration of the endometrium and atrophy of the uterine wall with accumulation of thin mucus in the uterus from 30 ml to 5 liters. The persistent hymen may result in locking up the uterine contents. Such cows should not be bred.

Perimetritis /Parametritis-

It is characterized by adhesion between the uterus and broad ligament to the other abdominal organs. It could be due to-

  • Very severe septic metritis
  • Perforation of the uterus due to penetration of the catheter
  • Rupture of the rectum due to rough handling
  • Extrauterine foetus (ectopic pregnancy)
  • Excessive bleeding following nucleation of CL
  • Forcible extraction of retained placenta
  • Diffused peritonitis due to traumatic reticulates.

Uterine abscesses-

They may occur as a sequella to severe metritis, after forcible extraction of retained placenta, injury to the uterine wall due to improper penetration of insemination catheter.

Sclerotic metritis

It may occur due to severe chronic metritis which has resulted in complete destruction of the endometrium. In this case culling of the affected animal is advisable.

Cervicitis-

It is the inflammation of the cervix and is also associated with metritis. It may frequently follow abnormal parturition, abortions, dystocia, and lacerations.

Vaginitis-

It is the inflammation of the vagina. It may be primary or secondary to cervicitis and metritis. Its major causes of occurrence are non-specific infections.

Treatment of infertility with  Homeopathic  Veterinary Medicine

The best possible homeopathic treatment for the condition of infertility among dairy animals is the use of the product Fertisule. The overall response of the product is excellent in the repeat breeding cattle which have no apparent sign of reproductive anomalies. It triggers the endocrine secretions which regulate reproductive behaviour.

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Bovine Mastitis and Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine

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Bovine mastitis is the persistent, inflammatory reaction of the udder tissue due to physical trauma or microorganisms infections. Mastitis, a potentially fatal mammary gland infection, is the most common disease in dairy cattle in the United States and worldwide. It is also the most costly disease to the dairy industry. Milk from cows suffering from mastitis has an increased somatic cell count. Prevention and Control of mastitis require consistency in sanitizing the cow barn facilities, proper milking procedure, and segregation of infected animals. Treatment of the disease is usually carried out by penicillin injection in combination with sulphur drug.

Dr. Sakshi Sharma, MVSc, J & K

What is mastitis?

Mastitis refers to the inflammation of milk-secreting tissues or simply the mammary gland. Mastitis occurs when white blood cells (leukocytes) are released into the mammary gland, usually in response to bacteria invading the teat canal or occasionally by chemical, mechanical, or thermal trauma on the udder. Milk-secreting tissue and various ducts throughout the mammary gland are damaged due to toxins released by the bacteria resulting in reduced milk yield and quality.

How to identify mastitis?

This disease can be identified by abnormalities in the udder such as swelling, heat, redness, hardness, or pain (if it is clinical). Other indications of mastitis may be abnormalities in milk such as a watery appearance, flakes, or clots. When infected with sub-clinical mastitis, a cow does not show any visible signs of infection or abnormalities in milk or on the udder.

Mastitis causing bacteria

Bacteria that are known to cause mastitis to include:

These bacteria can be classified as environmental or contagious depending on mode and source of transmission

Type of mastitis

Mastitis may be classified according two different criteria: either according to the clinical symptoms or depending on the mode of transmission.

Clinical symptoms

  • Clinical mastitis
  • Sub-Clinical mastitis
  • per acute mastitis
  • acute mastitis
  • sub acute mastitis
  • chronic mastitis

Mode of transmission

  • Contagious mastitis
  • Environmental mastitis

 

Transmission

Mastitis is most often transmitted by repetitive contact with the milking machine, and through contaminated hands or materials.

Another route is via the oral-to-udder transmission among calves. Feeding calves on milk may introduce some mastitis-causing bacteria strain in the oral cavity of the calf where it will stay dormant until it is transmitted elsewhere. Since grouped calves like to stimulate suckling, they will transmit the bacteria to the udder tissue of their fellow calves. The bacteria will lay dormant in the udder tissue as the calf grows until it begins to lactate. That is when the bacteria activates and causes mastitis. This calls for strict calf management practices to curb this route of transmission.

Effects on milk composition

Mastitis can cause a decline in potassium and an increase in lactoferrin. It also results in decreased casein, the major protein in milk. As most calcium in milk is associated with casein, the disruption of casein synthesis contributes to lowered calcium in milk. The milk protein continues to undergo further deterioration during processing and storage. Milk from cows with mastitis also has a higher somatic cell count. Generally speaking, the higher the somatic cell count, the lower the milk quality.

Serrous exudates from udder in E.coli mastitis (left) and normal milk from a healthy cow (right).

Detection

Cattle affected by mastitis can be detected by examining the udder for inflammation and swelling, or by observing the consistency of the milk, which will often develop clots or change color when a cow is infected.

Another method of detection is the California mastitis test, which is designed to measure the milk’s somatic cell count as a means for detecting inflammation and infection of the udder.

Control

Practices such as good nutrition, proper milking hygiene, and the culling of chronically infected cows can help. Ensuring that cows have clean, dry bedding decreases the risk of infection and transmission. Dairy workers should wear rubber gloves while milking, and machines should be cleaned regularly to decrease the incidence of transmission.

 

Prevention

A good milking routine is vital. This usually consists of applying a pre-milking teat dip or spray, such as an iodine spray, and wiping teats dry prior to milking. The milking machine is then applied. After milking, the teats can be cleaned again to remove any growth medium for bacteria. A post milking product such as iodine-propylene glycol dip is used as a disinfectant and a barrier between the open teat and the bacteria in the air. Mastitis can occur after milking because the teat holes close after 15 minutes if the animal sits in a dirty place with faeces and urine.

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TEATASULE is the pack contains TEATASULE No. 1 bolus and TEATASULE No. 2 bolus, a pack of 4 boluses each that are to be given in the morning and in the evening as mentioned.  TEATASULE course is to be given for 4 to 16 days as per the severity of the case or as directed by the veterinarian.

This unique formulation is brought up by the leading Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine producing company Goel Vet Pharma Pvt Ltd. The company is certified under WHO GMP practices which highlight its hygienic manufacturing facilities. All the available formulations had undergone many clinical and field trials thus gaining trust among many veterinarians and farmers.

Useful links

https://www.vetamit.com/post/homeocare-for-bovine-mastitis

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THE STORM OF SEPSIS – FAQs, DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF SEPSIS

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Bacteria are microscopic microorganisms that cannot be visible to the naked eye but still possess the power to cripple the visible- kind-of big living animals such as Dogs, Cats, and in fact, even humans! It is evident from Historic references, The Great Plague aka The Black Death- a bubonic plague pandemic occurring in Afro-Eurasia from 1346-53 killing millions and this microorganism was in fact a  Bacteria!

And thus, we now know, something so microscopic, so tiny can be so powerful to cause real damage to your pet’s body.

Now that we have our background ready about Bacterias and their Prowess, let’s dive into this Blog which is about Septicemia, Sepsis in the body caused by nasty Bacterias, also we will go through the Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine to treat our pets

WHAT IS SEPTCEMIA?

Septicemia is also commonly called Sepsis. Septicemia word refers to sepsis in blood.

Sepsis occurs when certain bacterial chemicals are released in the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. Septicemia occurs when a bacterial infection occurring elsewhere in the body, such as the lungs, Uterus, etc., enters the bloodstream. This is an extremely serious and dangerous condition because the bacteria and their toxins can be carried throughout the bloodstream to your entire body. This can trigger a cascade of changes that leads to damage of multiple organ systems, leading to organ failure, sometimes even resulting in death.

This condition is also commonly referred to as

  • Blood Poisoning
  • Septic Fever
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THE PHASES OF SEPSIS/SEPTICEMIA –

Broadly we can observe three phases of Sepsis in the body they are –

  1. SEPSIS
  2. SEVERE SEPSIS
  3. SEPTIC SHOCK

Sepsis as a condition progresses from mild to severe to extremely severe and ultimately death if not dealt with aptly and quickly. Thus, quick medical help must be sought out in case of sepsis. Let’s discuss further phases of sepsis.

 

  1. PHASE I – SEPSIS

This is characterized by –

  1. Fever of high grade

Most often, the normal body temperature of Dogs is around 101-102°F, anything above this is termed as pyrexia or fever. Fever usually comes, when there is some sort of bacteria/virus or microorganism to be general which is antigenic in nature (harmful and damaging in nature). Thus, fever can be a clear and good indication that some sort of infection is occurring inside the body, and thus apt diagnostic procedures should be carried out to figure it out!

  1. Tachypnea

Rapid and quick breathing is medically termed as tachypnea.

It is generally observed along with fever or pyrexia. Thus, even a slight abnormal increase in breathing rate or way is to be observed keenly and it could be an indicator of Sepsis.

  1. Increase in heartbeat rate.

With the increase in respiratory rate and fever, on examination by your vet, the heartbeat rate also shows an increase.

 

  1. Confirmed Diagnosis of Infection.

Sepsis is characterized by bacterial infection occurring inside the body of your pets. Sepsis in dogs is generally seen due to active infection caused by bacterias.

The most commonly occurring infections leading to sepsis in severe conditions are –

  1. GI tract Infections – e.g., canine parvoviral enteritis, Hemorrhagic Gastro Enteritis
  2. Respiratory Tract Infection e.g. bacterial pneumonia, pneumococcal Infection, etc.
  3. The chronic urinary-tract disease which is most often than not caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli
  4. Uterine Infections – infections such as pyometra (pus in the uterus), mucometra (mucus in the uterus), endometritis (inflammation of the endometrial walls of the uterus), etc. can also trigger an inflammatory response in the body.
  5. Most often, Gram-negative bacterial infections predominate, with E. coli being the most common isolate observed. However, any bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral organism may cause sepsis.

PHASE II – SEVERE SEPSIS

When the symptoms of sepsis are not properly managed at earlier stages, it leads to a severe septic condition in the body and thus triggering a condition called SIRS (Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome)

The sequence of events leading to sepsis is very complex and not completely understood. However, it’s noted that microbial products e.g. endotoxins from gram-negative bacteria,  exotoxins, peptidoglycans, and from gram-positive bacteria and fungal cell-wall materials induce SIRS- systemic inflammation through activation of immune cells, triggering an immune response.

Symptoms observed are –

  1. Decreased urination.
  2. Depression or changes in mental state.
  3. Low platelet count.
  4. Tachypnea or difficulty in breathing.
  5. Abnormal heart functions.
  6. Unconsciousness and recumbent condition due to weakness
  7. Cyanosis Blueish discoloration of the mucus membranes (Gums)
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  1. PHASE III – SEPTIC SHOCK

Symptoms of septic shock are essentially similar to those of severe sepsis as mentioned above, but they also include an important symptom – a significant drop in blood pressure.

This drop in blood pressure can lead to heart failure, stroke, multiple organ failure, respiratory failure, and ultimately leading to death.

DIAGNOSIS OF SEPSIS

On examination by your veterinarian, your pet may show certain clinical signs and the history which you provide to your vet helps in the formation of a solid Diagnosis. Ensure that you give complete history (whether your pet had any wounds prior, or any Infection, diarrhea vomiting, etc.)

At 1st clinical presentation, your pet may show Hyperdynamic changes i.e. Characterized by Fever, Brick Red mucous membrane, Tachycardia, and Tachypnea. If a certain amount of time has passed, your pet might present clinical signs of Hypodynamic nature i.e. Hypothermia (drop in body temperature), pale mucous membranes, and hypotension.

Your Veterinarian will immediately focus on locating the infection so as to provide apt treatment. Each Bacteria/Virus is different and hence the choice of drugs used for treatment will vary. Thus, proper diagnosis is very essential.

  1. BLOOD PROFILE

CBC (complete blood count), LFT (Liver Function Test), and KFT (Kidney Function Test)

A routine complete blood check would provide a confirmatory diagnosis of infection. Serum biochemistry profile abnormalities may include –  hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, hypoalbuminemia, azotemia, etc. Coagulation abnormalities are also very commonly observed. Anticoagulant proteins are decreased. There may be Blood Acidosis and an increase in Lactate on Blood -Gas Analysis.

  1. USG

Ultrasonography is a very important tool to locate infections in the body. A female dog/cat who has a history of a pseudopregnancy or improper (heat) estrous cycle, your veterinarian will definitely opt for a USG to have a look at the uterus of your pet. Infections of the uterus (Pyometra etc) can be aptly diagnosed. Also, your veterinarian will have a look at Kidneys, Liver, Gall Bladder, Intestines, Stomach to check for any abnormalities in shape/size, any abnormal structures like cancer, polyps, stones, etc. Also, the walls of these internal organs can be properly observed, and thus, USG acts as a support to Blood Analysis for perfect diagnosis.

When Diagnosis is perfect, the treatment protocol is initiated which acts on that particular microorganism causing havoc in your pet’s body.

TREATMENT OF SEPSIS

1] ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Treatment is solely based upon the diagnosis. Sometimes your vet may even carry out a Bacterial Culture test to check for the kind of bacteria that is causing infection under a microscope. Based upon that, a perfect Antibiotic choice is made.

The use of appropriate broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents is recommended. Your Veterinarian may suggest Amoxicillin, Cephalosporins, etc based upon the need of the hour.

The treatment also involves – Saline (to ensure that there’s no dehydration), Pain Killers such as NSAIDs, Etc. For some dogs, the administration of colloids and vasopressors (if presented with bradycardia, etc) will be indicated.

In fact, the treatment protocol is not a rigid structure and it solely depends upon the individual patients (ie. How they react to therapy, what kind of drugs do they need, etc)

Additionally, supportive care includes-

  1. Nutritional management
  2. Frequent reassessment of a patient with the apt treatment protocol and
  3. Good nursing care by pet parents is a key aspect in the management of sepsis.

 

2] HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine for Sepsis in Pets?

SEPTIGO for pets is the best remedy for treating conditions of sepsis anywhere in the body with exceptional improvement in metritis and pyometra conditions.

Homeopathic remedies work on the principle of “similia similibus curanter” which means “like cures like”, so is SEPTIGO. Hence, such formulations that cause symptoms like a diseased animal in a healthy one are used to prepare this wonder drug formula to be able to treat sepsis for varied reasons. It is a formulation that is developed by a renowned Indian veterinarian after consulting many homeopaths and conducting advanced field trials over the years.

Dosage: 20-25 drops three times in a day or as directed by a veterinarian.

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Sepsis is a crucial condition, bacterias, viruses, and other disease-causing microorganisms are really dangerous, yet they’re not stronger than the will power of your pet and apt treatment protocol of your Vet. Sepsis is a manageable condition, however, apt diagnosis and quicker treatment initiation are very essential. If your pet starts showing the symptoms of sepsis, please ensure that you take proper steps by taking your pet to the nearest vet for proper management of this condition.

 

Let’s quickly Fight Infection, so in the future, there’s no Health Tension!

 

HAPPY PETS FOR A HAPPY YOU!

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THE GURGLES OF INDIGESTION – Diagnosis, Symptoms, Management & Homeopathic Treatment of Indigestion in pets.

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“And again, my pet isn’t eating anything”

“Well, my pet is eating but not much.”

“Just that my pet doesn’t feel good sometimes and is not eating properly”,

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Are you having the same doubts in your mind? Is your pet fussy at times? Does your pet feel anorectic and decides to go on a hunger strike? What is wrong with my pet!

It gets difficult as it is painful for you-the owners to see their pets in distress or discomfort. Well, in that case, your pet might have simple indigestion which could also be due to something as minor as acidity to something as major as a Liver Malfunctioning. Yes, indigestion in the pet is really rather common malfunctioning disorder of the Gastrointestinal tract and with apt diagnosis and management, your pet gets back on track! In this blog, let’s unravel the causes of indigestion, symptoms-signs that your pet might show, and more FAQs and doubts. Let’s dive in!

Tanvi Shendye, Final Year Student, Bombay Veterinary College

WHAT IS INDIGESTION?

Indigestion is also called ‘dyspepsia’ or upset stomach, and Indigestion literally means “digestion malfunctioning”. It is a general term used for upper abdominal discomfort and disorder. Indigestion is not really a disease, but rather some series of symptoms that your pet experiences. Indigestion is often a sign of some underlying problem.

💡 It’s important to note that Indigestion or upper abdominal discomfort can be due to the stomach primarily or the Liver as anatomically Liver organ is also located in the upper abdominal region.

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WHAT CAUSES INDIGESTION?

Indigestion primarily occurs due to :

  1. Stomach malfunctioning or disease
  2. Liver diseases
  3. Concurrent infections which may cause Indigestion
  4. Use of medicines that causes dyspepsia

Let’s check these conditions out one by one.

  1. STOMACH MALFUNCTIONING OR DISEASE.

Due to ongoing disease of the stomach or due to simple malfunctioning of the stomach, abdominal discomfort and Indigestion occurs.

  1. Eating the wrong type of food.

Does your pet give you a “puppy eye look” and demand hot spicy masala human food?

Eating human food is not good for the tender stomach of our dogs and cats. As they have different systems and so, the functioning of the stomach differs significantly. Human spicy food items are not good for pets as it may cause acidity or indigestion. Hence it’s essential that the food that you offer to your pets is good for them, healthy, and definitely not loaded with spices and sauces.

  1. Eating food too quickly.

If your pet has a habit of gulping food quickly, eating quickly, it’s likely that your pet might get Indigestion. As food doesn’t get churned efficiently in the mouth, it may cause further problems with digestion. And thus, discomfort and distress occur.

  1. Gastric Acid Build-up and Reflux

Gastric Acid is responsible for the digestion of food that enters the stomach. This acid helps to digest the morsels of food that is chewed by the teeth. Sometimes, this acid is produced in excessive quantity causing distress to the stomach. As we know, anything in excess is poisonous (not good) to the body. Thus, an excessive amount of gastric acid can cause problems such as erosion of the gastric wall or if the sphincter of the stomach is loose, it may lead to gastric reflux causing the acid to enter the esophagus leading to Esophagitis and Esophageal ulcers.

  1. Gastritis

Gastritis means Gastric inflammation or infection of the stomach. Gastritis can occur due to a variety of reasons primary causes being – bacterial infections, viral infections (such as parvovirus in puppies), eating hot food, or eating food that is not good or healthy for pets. Eating spicy food by puppies etc. Also, it’s important to note that gastritis occurs concurrently with Enteritis (inflammation of intestines) and thus, this condition is commonly referred to as –  ‘Gastro-enteritis’. Thus, this condition too causes pain, discomfort, and indigestion as the natural good gut bacterias are destroyed and the intestines/stomach is damaged by pathogenic (disease-causing) bad bacterias.

  1. Over Eating

If your pet is eating too much than required, it will lead to Indigestion. The body has certain limits and capacity till which it can function optimally. Excessive feeding or overeating will definitely lead to Indigestion and stomach upset.

LIVER DISEASES

The liver secretes bile which is important for the digestion process.

Digestion is a complex process and needs all accessory organs to function optimally for best results and proper digestion. If one organ is affected, the entire system gets affected. Thus, If the liver is affected due to some disease-causing pathogens or is having functional problems, it will lead to hampering of the entire digestion process leading to discomfort, pain in the abdomen, Indigestion.

CONCURRENT INFECTIONS

Infection of the esophagus, intestines pancreas or liver will hamper the digestion process. Thus it’s important to rule them out while assessing Indigestion symptoms

Also, anxiety stress may cause Indigestion as the sudden change in environment or food may lead to stress-causing Indigestion and mental shock causing further problems.

USES OF MEDICINES THAT CAUSES DYSPEPSIA

Although, not so common, but certain Medicines such as prednisolone may cause increased chances of acidity or gastric reflux.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INDIGESTION TO WATCH OUT FOR?

  1. Burping or gurgling noise from the stomach.

It’s medically termed as borborygmi. You may notice and hear some sounds coming from the stomach which commonly is termed as gurgles or bubble-forming sounds. It is evident of Indigestion.

  1. Vomiting (yellow acid-like) with froth

Sometimes if you notice vomiting (without food) which is generally clear yellow straw colored it may be due to acidity along with white froth (like mucus)

  1. Bad breath

Due to Indigestion, acidity, and vomiting, bad breath ensues.

  1. Anorexia and Loss of appetite

Due to Infection or Indigestion as such, your pet may feel anorectic and would be rather dull ignoring the food.

You can read further about anorexia in pets in our previous blog.

  1. Weight loss

If Indigestion episodes are recurring, the body won’t get proper nutrition or efficient nutrition leading to weakness and loss of weight

  1. Pain (whining or howling)

Indigestion is painful at times and partly due to pain, your pet won’t eat normally and it’s an extremely distressing situation for them.

  1. Inactivity and lethargy.

Your pet may show signs of being dull overall. Isolating itself, sitting laying down, sleeping all day may be few signs you may observe in case of Indigestion.

  1. In severe cases and concurrent infections, fever, diarrhea, etc may also be observed.
  2. Bloating

Bloating refers to excessive gas built up inside the stomach. It may be due to acidity as well as eating food rather quickly. You may notice a bulge in the stomach area as the gas builds up.

  1. Eating leaves or grass

It’s a natural remedy that your dog already knows! By default, dogs eat leaves such as Tulsi or grass when they’re having an upset stomach. It’s a natural instinct and thus, hints towards Indigestion!!

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HOW TO DIAGNOSE AND MANAGE THIS CONDITION?

Indigestion is rather a common condition affecting pets. However, it is essential to know what is causing this. To get right at the root cause and treat the root cause will lead to better results and efficient recovery.

  1. Your Vet may suggest a routine blood checkup to rule out other Infections

Sometimes the diseases occurring concurrently may mask certain conditions. To learn effectively the cause of Indigestion it’s essential to know whether there are other Infections causing Indigestion or if it’s simply due to acidity. A complete blood count test (CBC) along with LFT (Liver Function Test) is important to rule out liver disorders or parasitic infections, etc.

  1. USG

Ultrasonography is a good tool to diagnose tumors, excessive growth of stomach walls, sloughing of walls (due to excessive gastric acid), ulcers in the stomach or esophageal region, etc.

  1. History

Based on the history of signs and symptoms that your pet may be showing, a good diagnosis can be made. Diagnosis is based partly on history as well! Hence it’s essential that you give the proper and complete history of the signs that your pet exhibits.

MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT :

Based on the apt diagnosis, proper and best treatment and management can be done.

Management protocol involves –

  1. Human food with spices to be strictly forbidden. Your pets should not be allowed to eat food that is spicy with sauces etc.
  2. Regulate food intake- Giving food at properly spaced timings is a good management practice. Adult dogs should be fed twice to thrice a day while puppies should be fed depending on their age (in months). Also, it’s important to feed your pets limited quantity as required by their body (based on growth needs) do not feed excessively or more frequently.
  3. Allopathic Treatment involves antacids (anti-acidity drugs), pro-kinetics (to prevent gastric acid reflux and strengthening the gastric sphincter), antibiotics to cover pathogenic bacterias along saline to cover up fluid loss and dehydration.
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Homeopathic Treatment of Indigestion in pets –

 

Our product R.BLOATASULE for PETS is effective and efficient in treating bloating, pain, and Indigestion in pets. At times during emergency situation at night when approaching a vet is difficult, you can manage this condition at home till the time you get help from your local veterinarian. R.BLOATASULE for pets is the best remedy for symptoms like indigestion, vomiting, eating of inanimate objects, stomachache, etc. It is the best Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine for dogs and cats in cases of uneasiness during nights or when approaching a veterinarian is difficult.

Dosage: 20 drops 3 times a day or as directed by the veterinarian

 

Indigestion is an extremely painful condition for your pets and the management along with treatment is extremely simple and easy. Proper Diagnosis is the Key. Be sure to get your pets checked up by a Veterinarian and explain the entire history of signs, symptoms to your vet properly as it is an important tool in helping your pet as it forms the basic foundation of diagnosis. Our product R. Bloatasule is excellent in the management and treatment of Indigestion in pets along with the conventional medical treatment with allopathy medicines.

Here’s to our pets, Let there be giggles of joy and not gurgles of Indigestion!

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The Urinary Dilemma – FAQ guide on Cystitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Homeopathic Treatment.

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Tanvi Shendye, Final Year Student, Bombay Veterinary College.

Does your pet show symptoms of painful urination, frequent urination, straining to urinate, excessive thirst, and /or occasional blood in the urine? There is a chance that your pet might have cystitis or urinary tract infection or both together. Yes, there are certain other conditions as well in which these symptoms may occur, although majorly these symptoms are related to Cystitis and concurrent Urinary Tract Infection. Read more about the cause, symptoms, clinical signs, diagnosis, and differential diagnosis along with treatment and management of Cystitis and UTI in our blog below –

WHAT IS CYSTITIS?

Cystitis word is derived from the Modern Latin word – ‘Cystis’ (meaning: Bladder) and ‘itis’ (meaning: inflammation). Thus, Cystitis means the inflammation or infection of the Urinary Bladder

Inflammation is the condition wherein an organ or tissue becomes irritated, red, swollen. Mostly, the cause of cystitis is a urinary tract infection (UTI). Since the urinary bladder is connected to the Urinary tract, an ascending infection from the urethra or lower urinary tract can cause bladder infection subsequently.

When does a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) occur?

A UTI happens when a bacteria enter the urethra and bladder and begins to multiply and cause localized infection leading to inflammation of the tissues.

WHAT CAUSES CYSTITIS?

There are number of diseases and conditions that can cause cystitis. The most common cause of cystitis is an infection which is generally caused by bacteria. Bacteria such as Escherichia coli is the most notorious one and is the common cause of Cystitis followed by various other bacterias such as- Proteus, Klebsiella, Pasteurella, Pseudomonas, Corynebacterium, etc. This is termed as BACTERIAL CYSTITIS (since it’s caused by bacteria). Reversibly, these bacterias can and may also cause UTI because of which Cystitis occurs as a secondary infection.

Bacteria enter upwards through the urethral opening. The bacteria can invade and develop when feces/dirt enters the urinary/genital area, or if your dog has some wound in and around the urinary opening, or if your dog’s immune system is weak due to some other concurrent condition or due to lack of proper nutrition. In most cases, E. coli is the bacterium that causes such infections.

Other common causes of Cystitis include –

1. Bladder stones.

2. Stones in the ureter

3. Bladder Tumors

And other common causes of Urinary Tract Infection may include –

1. Chronic glucocorticoids administration

2. Hyperadrenocorticism

3. Kidney disease such as Chronic kidney disease,

4. Diabetes mellitus

Female dogs are more likely to get UTIs than males since the urethral tract of females is shorter as compared to males but male dogs may still get them.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CYSTITIS AND UTIs?

Majorly all symptoms would be related to urination, watch out for these symptoms –

1. Frequent urination

With excessive urination urge, your pet urinates quite frequently than normal.

This is also medically termed as Polyuria.

Accidents at home (loss of control over urination or excessive urge to urinate) or increased frequency in urination may also be related to other causes apart from UTI. The Symptom of polyuria could also  be due to

• Diabetes

• Hypothyroidism

• Cushing’s disease

• Cancer

• Trauma

2. Straining to urinate

There’s excessive straining to urinate. This is medically termed as Stranguria

3. Occasional or frank Blood in urine

This is termed as hematuria and often you would notice blood in the urine. This is an alarming situation and one must contact/visit a veterinarian immediately.

Also, it is to be noted that, blood in urine can be due to stones in the bladder or urethra which on contact with the surface of tissue causes sloughing of tissue and bleeding which mixes with urine hence hematuria.

Also, tumors or polyps inside the bladder can cause this condition.

Poisoning (rodent poison) or Kidney Disease too can cause blood in urine or hematuria.

Again, we should rule out any trauma caused externally (vehicle accidents, etc) which may have damaged your pet’s internal organs.

4. Difficulty in urinating

Yes, this is also a possibility wherein your pet (may have voided urine before) may show signs of squatting again and again and trying to urinate while excessively straining to pass urine.

Apart from UTI, It is important to rule out other causes such as –

•Obstruction (stones, blockage)

• Tumor in the urinary tract

• Trauma

• Spinal Cord Injury

5. Pain

It is observed that there is pain on urination as well as generalized painful condition.

6. Fever

Since there is active infection happening inside the body, there is fever. Fever is a coping mechanism of the body. You can read further about fever in pets in our blog below –

FEVER IN PETS? FAQs, MANAGEMENT, HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY

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HOW TO DIAGNOSE?

On consulting your Veterinarian, they may run a few tests and carry out certain medical procedures to rule out other causes of these symptoms and rule in Cystitis/UTIs.

1. Blood Test

A routine blood test – CBC (Complete Blood Count Test) along with  LFT (Liver Function Test) and KFT (Kidney Function Test) is carried out to rule out other systemic causes as well as to keep an eye on kidney parameters (such as BUN- blood urea nitrogen, Creatinine, etc) to verify if whether these symptoms are due to Chronic Kidney Disease or Acute Kidney Injury.

2. Radiography (X-Ray)

To check for stones in the bladder or urinary tract, an x-ray is an excellent option as your vet can easily and quickly locate and rule out or rule in Stones.

3. USG (Ultra Sonography)

In USG, Bladder wall thickening, changes in Bladder, tumors, or growth, etc can be verified.

In a bladder infection, there is occasionally sloughing off of the bladder wall with thickening of the internal walls. These can be checked by USG procedure.

4. Urine Analysis.

A urinalysis consists of tests to detect abnormalities in the urine.

Urine culture helps your vet to find out which and what kind of bacterias are causing this issue and subsequently helps them to make the appropriate Antibiotic choice.

TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF CYSTITIS AND UTIs

Treatment is generally cause-based. Depending on whether your pet has Bacterial Cystitis or infection due to some other concurrent infection occurring in the body. Usually, in Diabetes, there is UTI and the treatment involves the management of Diabetes itself and then the UTI resolves itself. Let’s focus primarily on the treatment protocol of Cystitis and bacterial UTI.

1. NSAIDs or Anti-inflammatory Drugs.

Your Vet may suggest anti-inflammatory drugs such as NSAID or Steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs such as meloxicam to alleviate the pain and give temporary relief to your pet.

2. Antibiotics

With appropriate diagnosis and figuring out the bacteria which is causing the inflammatory condition, antibiotics are then chosen based on the bacteria type.

3. Fluid Therapy

If your pet is anorectic (not eating) fluid therapy is offered to ensure that your pet is well hydrated and is getting prompt treatment for the same along with medicines such as Vitamin B complex, etc.

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4. Homeopathic Treatment of Cystitis in Dogs & Cats

Our product CYSTIGO for pets is the best remedy in treating symptoms of painful(dysuria), frequent(polyuria), straining(stranguria) urination,  excessive thirst(polydipsia), blood in the urine(haematuria). It is also very effective in cases of renal calculi and urinary tract infections in pets. Homeopathic remedies work on the principle of “similia similibus curanter” which means “like cures like”, so is our CYSTIGO. Hence, such formulations that cause symptoms like a diseased animal in a healthy one are used to prepare this wonder drug formula to be able to treat urinary tract infections of varied reasons

Dosage:  20 drops 3 times a day or as directed by the doctor

Along with conventional therapy, Homeopathic Veterinary Medicine Cystigo for Pets is an excellent cure for Cystitis and UTIs in pets.

Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections are extremely important medical conditions and prompt treatment must be given as any negligence may cause major backfires such as Chronic Kidney Disease or systemic infection. On the brighter side, these conditions are easy to diagnose and with prompt treatment, uneventful recovery is possible. However, as vigilant pet parents, it’s up to you to be prompt, aware, and quick in noticing your pet’s change in behavior and noticing the symptoms.

Taking your pet to your vet at the earliest results in quick diagnosis, quicker treatment protocol, and quickest recovery.

HAPPY PETS FOR A HAPPY YOU!

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