February 26, 2014

Can Dogs and Cats Get the Flu?

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:13 pm

flu_dog_catThe pain and agony of flu season is not just reserved for humans. Our furry friends can also experience the same grey cloud over their heads, that the flu and cold bring to us. What makes it worse for them is that cats and dogs are unable to tell us how they are feeling. Our furry friend’s rely on us, their owners, to look after their health. For this reason it is very important to be aware of flu and cold symptoms in pets and to know how to treat the cold and flu in pets.

Dog Flu Symptoms

Does it seem like your pooch is feeling under the weather? Look out for the following symptoms as an indication that your dog might have the flu:

  • Fever
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes

Cat Flu Symptoms

Cats will generally show the same symptoms for the flu as a dog would. However, when these cold and flu symptoms occur, cats could also be infected with either the herpes virus or calicvirus.  Both viruses affect a feline’s respiratory health. These  viruses can causes symptoms such as:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

How to Treat the Flu and Cold in Dogs and Cats

Conventional Flu Treatment for Pets

A vet may prescribe the following treatments for your pet depending on the severity of their symptoms:

  • Cough supressants
  • Rest
  • Antibiotics
  • Fluids to stay hydrated

Natural Remedies

A holistic vet may prescribe the following treatments for your pet:

  • Echinacea for stimulating the immune system
  • Osha root for sore throat and cough
  • Eucalyptus for reducing inflammation in the respiratory tract

Homeopathic remedies may include aconitum, arsenicum album, and gelsemium.

Preventing Cold and Flu in Cats and Dogs

It is important to keep an eye out on your pet’s health. As a pet owner, you are the primary care taker that your furry friend relies on to be healthy and strong. The first step you can take towards preventing the cold and flu in cats and dogs is by providing your pet with a nutritious, species appropriate diet. Such a diet would include high quality animal protein and no grains.

You can also supplement your pet’s diet with vitamins. I recommend finding a  pet-friendly, quality mulit-vitamin. I also recommend supplementing with Vitamins C and E for antioxidant support.

February 18, 2014

Heart Disease and Pets

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Pet Health — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 7:50 pm

heart_disease_in_cats_dogsHeart disease is a serious condition in both cats and dogs, and definitely should not be ignored. Knowing what the symptoms are, may help your pet live a long and healthy life, by providing them with the right treatments and/or remedies at the right times.

Symptoms of Heart Disease in Pets

Symptoms of heart disease in cats and dogs include:

  • Wheezing
  • Panting after minimal activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • No appetite
  • Minimal energy
  • Fatigue
  • Blue-gray color inside of mouth
  • Coughing
  • Swollen limbs
  • Dragging of feet
  • Weakness

How to Treat Heart Disease in Cats and Dogs

When it comes to heart disease in cats and dogs, you want to make sure that you support their cardiovascular system with natural remedies. These include a healthy diet, CoQ10, and amino acids.

Nutritious Diet for Pets

When it comes to a diet, make sure that your furry friend is being fed a diet that is grain free and appropriate for a cat or dog. Making sure their bodies receive the proper nutrients through food is the first step in preventing and treating heart disease.

CoQ10 for Cats and Dogs

CoQ10 is a supplement that can be used for heart disease in cats and dogs.  The vitamin provides energy to the heart so that it does not struggle to get nutrients and blood throughout the body.

Amino Acids


Taurine is an excellent amino acid for cats. You can purchase this amino acid as a supplement to add to your cat’s diet, or you can switch your cat from a commercial diet to a raw food diet to get more Taurine into their system.


L-Carnitine is an amino acid that can strengthen both a cat and dog’s heart. This supplement can be added to your pet’s food.

Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil is known to be a healthy fat that promotes good cardiovascular health by reducing inflammation. You can add flaxseed oil directly to your pet’s food.


Hawthorne is a herbal remedy that contains phytochemicals. Hawthorne improves heart function by encouraging blood to flow to the heart, while also supporting the heart in it’s pumping process. It is an excellent herb for strengthening the heart and normalizing the heartbeat.

All in all, you should never ignore the signs of heart disease in your cat or dog. Prevention and treatment can go a long way in saving your pet’s life.

February 6, 2014

Urinary Tract Infections: Natural Treatment for Dogs and Cats

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Pet Health — Tags: , — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 12:32 am

Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and CatsUrinary tract infections are not pleasant in humans, and accordingly, they are not pleasant for cats and dogs. How do our pets get urinary tract infections and how can urinary tract infections be treated? Keep reading to find out.

How Urinary Tract Infections Occur in Cats and Dogs

Urinary tract infections in cats and dogs can occur from a variety of health issues. These include:

  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Deficiency in the immune system
  • Fungal infections
  • Bladder stones
  • Injury
  • Tumor

You will know, or at the very least suspect, that your cat or dog has a urinary tract infection because they will urinate frequently, and urinate in unconventional places.

How to Treat Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Urinary tract infections can be treated in dogs and cats through a natural means. Here are some of the ways you can treat your furry friend’s UTI:

1. Juniper Berry

The herbal remedy, juniper berry, is effective at increasing the kidney’s functions by quickly removing toxins out of the body. This results in frequent urination, which can help to restore your cat or dog’s pH balance.

2. Cranberry

This berry is not only known to be effective in humans, but is also effective in pets. Cranberry prevents bacteria from invading the urinary tract. It is also very effective at preventing the recurrence of urinary tract infections in cats and dogs.

3. Uva Ursi

This leaf is very powerful. Many holistic vets will use this leaf with the aim of attacking pathogens that cause urinary tract infections in pets. It is able to stop bleed as well as reduce inflammation.

4. Supplement

Provide your pet with multivitamins and antioxidants. You will help to support their bodily functions on a day-to-day basis, as well as support their immune system during times of distress.

Overall, as soon as you notice signs of a urinary tract infection, you should take your pet to your hollistic vet as soon as possible. It is a serious problem that can become extremely uncomfortable for them, and you definitely do not want your pet to feel uncomfortable.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.