Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Natural Remedies For Cats With FIV

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What is FIV?
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is also known as Feline AIDS and is a serious retrovirus disease that only affects cats.  Cats infected with FIV may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred but will suffer from a weakened immune system making them more susceptible to a variety of secondary infections.   A cat will become infected almost exclusively by bite wounds, as the disease is transmitted through saliva. There is no known cure, and unfortunately FIV can be fatal. However, with proper care (veterinary visits, proper diet, immune support supplements and keeping indoors), cats can remain asymptomatic for long periods of time (sometimes for years) and lead a happy life.   

Symptoms of FIV
  • Fever
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis and/or eye discharge
  • Upper respiratory infections and pneumonia
  • Weight loss
  • Poor coat condition
  • Recurrent infections

Natural Remedies For Cats With FIV

Cats with FIV are very prone to getting secondary infections such as eye infections, upper respiratory infections and can have wounds that don't heal.  Using supplements to support immunity can strengthen your cat's ability to fight off these infections.

Immune Harmony - Immune Harmony is the first line of defense for cats with autoimmune disease and viruses.  It is made with natural plant sterols and one bottle will last a long time. It helps to modulate the cat's immune system, and is well tolerated by cats.

Immune Support Kit- Contains three tasteless liquid formulas:  Silver Immune Support, NotaSAN and QuentaSAN drops.  These three remedies can provide fast relief for your cat's stomatitis and are easy to administer.  Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies together.  

QuentaSAN and NotaSAN--Two powerful homeopathic formulas that are most effective when used together. They easy to use gentle drops can have powerful and effective results in treating infections.  The drops can be used long-term for immune support.

Silver Immune Support for Pets - Broad spectrum antimicrobial that can be used along with antibiotics. Safe for young kittens with upper respiratory infections too. AKA  "The Germinator"

Power Probiotic for Pets--is a multi-strain formula and is simply the best probiotic for pets. It is safe and natural without any fillers and most cats love the taste! The Power Probiotic for Pets promotes the growth of healthy bacteria throughout the GI tract and mouth needed to ward off bad bacteria.  This is extremely important since most of your pet's immune system resides in the GI tract.

Curcumin For Pets --Curcumin has been well researched for its benefits regarding the treatment of HIV in humans (which is similar to FIV in cats).  Research has shown curcumin has anti-microbial properties and can support immune health.  Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight the damaging effects of free radicals and reduces inflammation which can ease symptoms in FIV kitties.

How To Choose A Diet For FIV
There is not a specific diet for cats with FIV. The most important diet consideration should be to give them a nutritionally complete diet (keeping in mind cats are inherently carnivores) that is also hypoallergenic and anti-inflammatory. There may be other health conditions to consider (i.e. Allergies, Kidney Disease, etc.) when selecting a diet. Please include your pet’s current diet on the order form at checkout and our nutritionist will send a diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with the product directions. 


Rocky

"We love Immune Harmony for our cat, Rocky. He gets Immune Harmony in his baby food (onion-free) every afternoon. He actually looks forward to this little treat. He is doing great!” 

Deborah Albritton and Steve Yost