March 13, 2014

5 Herbs for a Pet Detox

Filed under: Cat Disease,Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care,Pet Health — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 9:50 pm

herbs-for-pet-detoxDogs and cats are more susceptible to damage from everyday toxins in the environment and in their diets because their bodies are typically small. It is important to take preventative measures, so that your pet does not experience long-term health issues.  As a pet owner, two of the best preventative measures you can take to keep your furry friend healthy are to limit their exposures to toxins and to help their bodies detox. The best way to help your pets detox is through natural therapies, such as dietary supplementation. Below you will find my top 5 picks for dietary supplements that will help you furry friend detox.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a miraculous herb that helps detoxify the liver.  It helps the liver to break down environmental toxins as well as toxins and chemicals in foods, like preservatives and pesticides. Milk thistle also prevents toxins from entering the cell walls in the liver, further helping prevent conditions like liver failure. Milk thistle  is an excellent herb for you to administer to your pet, in order to take precaution against liver disease.

Vitamins C & E

Both Vitamin C and Vitamin E are powerful antioxidants. The help eliminate free radicals in your pet’s body and boost the immune system. Having a strong immune system will help your cat and dog’s body eliminate toxins. Moreover, both vitamins can also help support the treatment of infections, skin problems, bowel problems, cancer,  and gum disease.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is another potent antioxidant that helps the body eliminate free radicals and boost the immune system. As a result, green tea extract can help support the liver in it’s initiatives to rid the body of toxins.


Zinc is a necessary mineral in your pet’s diet. Zinc helps the liver with detoxification by supporting the liver production of enzymes that are used to detoxify the body.


Dandelion is a very powerful, yet gentle liver stimulant. It triggers the liver to produce bile, which in turn helps to remove waste in the digestive system.

Helping your pet detoxify their body is essential to good health. Don’t wait until it is too late and your pet develops a chronic illness. Start to practice detoxification on a monthly basis to help prevent toxin-related illness in the future. When choosing any dietary supplement to support your cat or dog’s health, it is very important that you consult with a holistic veterinarian first.

April 24, 2012

5 Signs of Feline Illness

Filed under: Cat Disease,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 12:28 am

Feline IllnessFrom my experience, cats fear visiting the vet as much as people fear going to the dentist.

Unfortunately, for our own good, a dentist trip is inevitable every now and again. It’s the same with cats: once in a while, it’s important to see the vet, even if it’s unpleasant.

Cats deserve a happy and healthy life.

The obstacle may not be the office itself. Maybe your cat hates traveling. That alone can be enough for some cats to make their owner’s lives very unpleasant.

I have seen plenty of cats that didn’t have a sick-looking hair on their body, but still needed attention. Then again, other kittens that I’ve helped care for were born sick from day one, making visits to me a regular occurrence.

Cat owners have to be wary about being over-protective of their pet’s health. Too many visits to the veterinarian won’t harm your cat, but your bank account will quickly feel the pain. Once in a while is just right.

In the interim, every cat owner should learn to recognize the signs of an impending feline illness.

Below I’ve listed the top five signs that your cat needs medical help. This should help give you a basic understanding of the most common feline health issues.

Excessive Vocalizations: When Loud Becomes Obnoxious

A cat that meows too much could possibly be in pain.

Or, it might just have a ‘talkative’ personality.

“Excessive” vocalization depends on a cat’s specific quirks. I once saw a cat named Ashley that meowed constantly in the mornings until she is fed, according to her owner. But other cats I’ve seen may never meow, unless in real distress.

So, if a normally quiet cat suddenly starts calling out in distress, it’s time to make a vet appointment.

Excessive Sleeping: Too Much Snoozing, Too Sick to Eat

Many cats sleep for a large portion of the day.

On average, felines sleep as many as 16 hours a day. However, cats can sleep excessively, too.

Sudden changes to a cat’s sleep routine could signal an illness. When accompanied by a fickle, non-existent appetite, consider it an even stronger warning.

Cat Colds: Kitten Coughs and Sneezes

Cat cold symptoms are very similar to human cold symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fever
  • Swollen, crust-rimmed eyes
  • Oral sores

Thankfully, humans can’t contract a cold from a cat and vice-versa. Cats can, however, transmit viral and bacterial infections amongst each other rather well.

Excessive meowing and sleeping may accompany a cat cold. And that could mean a more serious health issue.

Fur Loss: Not Just a Sign of Old Age

A cat’s fur coat receives constant grooming and attention throughout the day.

Cats groom themselves and each other as often as they sleep, so if your cat is losing hair, it could signify a health problem. Ringworms could cause patchy hair loss in cats, but fleas can also cause excessive scratching, which then results in losing hair.

Surprisingly, cats can develop allergic reactions from flea infestations, too.

Urinary and Bowel Incontinence: Accidents Happen

Cats are very particular with their toilet arrangements. You should be concerned if your cat suddenly cannot make it to the litter box in time. It might be a cat just getting older: arthritis in cats may make climbing up to the litter box painful. Your cat has accidents outside because he or she can’t get in!

A dirty litter box can also be a fertile breeding ground for germs, especially in homes with multiple cats. First, try to maintain a clean litter box so your cat has the best chance of going in and using it. If the problem persists, it’s vet time.

Dr. Loridawn Gordon

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.