Treating Feline Infections with Natural Antibiotics

by on February 25th, 2011
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Antibiotics prescribed by a veterinarian can fail for a number of reasons including:

Antibiotics only treat infections caused by bacteria. Beware of veterinarians who want to begin antibiotic treatment without ensuring the cause is bacterial, not a virus, fungus or cancer. Cats with allergies or thyroid problems may have long-standing bacterial skin infections. If the primary cause remains, the associated conditions continue to be a problem. A single type of antibiotic does not cure every kind of bacterial infection. Rather than starting on a course of treatment based on a first choice of medicine, a culture test may prevent having to try several different antibiotics. Stopping use of a particular antibiotic before the full needed treatment time can result in remaining bacteria, particularly a modified strain no longer susceptible to the antibiotic.

Bacterial Skin Decontamination

A typical reason for a veterinarian to prescribe antibiotics is a chronic skin infection. These probably do require antibiotics at the beginning, but an antibacterial shampoo can reduce the length of time needed for treatment. This therapy will rehydrate and moisturize the skin, removing bacteria in the process. Shawn Messonnier, D.V.M, author of Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats, recommends this kind of shampoo every one or two days while under treatment. This should cut the treatment time from the typical 4 to 8 weeks often needed down to 3 to 4 weeks. Shampoos with chlorhexidine, povidone iodine, ethyl lactate or benzoyl peroxide help.

Herbal Antibiotics

Quite a few herbs can act as natural antibiotics for cats. These include alfalfa, aloe vera, astragalus, blessed thistle, chamomile, dandelion, coriander, cranberry, echinacea, garlic, ginger, goldenrod, goldenseal, olive leaf, sarsaparilla, tea tree oil, turmeric, white vinegar.

Caution: Cats have a short digestive tract so herbs act faster than in humans with the dangers of an overload. Usually natural antibiotics take longer to be effective so you may have to use them every day for fifteen days. Natural antibiotics for cats from commercial sources tend to be safer than simply using home sources.

Herbs can be dangerous in pets with an incorrect dose. Herbs can react with drugs, so always consult a holistic or naturopathic veterinarian for the best choice and dosage for cats.

Homeopathic Antibiotics

Homeopathic practitioners use extremely diluted versions of specific bacteria as an antibiotic but call these particular remedies nosodes. There are different nosodes for different bacterial infections. A staphylococcal infection would be treated with a staphylococcal nosode. Consult a homeopathic veterinarian or one familiar with homeopathic medicine for the proper nosode.

Natural Antibiotics for Specific Conditions.Ear mites and ear infections: Use almond oil to soften the ear tissue and reduce inflammation. Combine Pau d’archo tincture with mineral oil to treat the infection. Dry skin and cuts: Aloe vera helps the dryness and works to disinfect the area. Gastrointestinal problems: Treat these with slippery elm bark formulations. Bladder/Urininary tract infections: Dandelion leaf, echinacea, marshmallow, uva ursi (urine must be alkaline for uva ursi).

Whole Food Diets

A cat’s health depends in a significant part on the diet it eats. Some pet owners and veterinarians believe that adding raw vegetables to the diet provide needed vitamins and minerals as well as beneficial bacteria and enzymes to improve your cat’s overall health.

Warning

If your pet does not improve with natural antibiotics consult a veterinarian immediately..

References

Messonnier, Shawn, D.V.M., Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats, 2001

VetInfo: Natural Antibiotics for Cats


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