Leptospirosis in dogs can be threatening to a dog’s life but on the other hand can not have any symptoms at all. Dogs usually recover from mild infections and the time required for this can vary from Dog to Dog or bread to bread of dogs. Main question lies in how your dog gets such an infection at first. Obviously there are some factors highly responsible for this and yes, when it happens your dog needs special medical attention as it is a type of infection which either won’t show any symptoms in your dog and it can be its carrier for years or can show worse symptoms. In this article we will discuss in detail about leptospirosis and its consequences on your pet. Moreover, how it can be overcomed using specific Ayurvedic formulations.
Leptospirosis is a disease which is caused when your pet gets infected with leptospira bacteria. The bacteria can be found worldwide in soil and water and has various strains. Variation of strains can give mild to severe symptoms. The disease or infection is zoonotic which means it can spread from animals to humans as well. In humans, it gives flu-like symptoms at first but can get severe as well and cause liver and kidney damage in both cases. Leptospirosis is more common in warm climates and also during heavy annual rainfall. In case of dogs, they can get this infection if there’s any break in their mucous membranes like a skin with any wound cut or scrape through for example urine contaminating the soil, water, food or bedding.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of leptospirosis vary in dogs. Some dogs, even after getting infected do not show any type of signs and symptoms. They are just a carrier for the infection or possibly in later stages, due to low immunity can face the outburst of the condition. On the other hand, there are some dogs which can show mild and transient illness, even recover easily but in other cases can develop the worst illness.
Following are the peculiar signs of this infection:
- Fever with shivering
- Tenderness in muscles
- Reluctance in moving
- Low water intake
- Urination changes like frequency, urgency and amount
- Dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhoea
- Low appetite
- Lethargy as a result of jaundice
- Inflammation of eyes with pain
- Development of severe lung disease or kidney failure
- Liver function disarrangement
- Difficulty in breathing
- Bleeding disorders like blood tinged vomit, urine, stool, saliva, bleeding nose, pinpoint red spots visible on gums or other mucous membrane areas
- Swollen legs in case of kidney failure or liver failure due to water retention
Diagnosis of Leptospirosis
- Physical examination for symptoms like fever, tenderness, difficulty breathing, water retention causing swollen legs
- Blood tests to rule out infection
- Urine test, stool test for presence of bacterias and blood
Treatment and Prevention
- Treatment includes antibiotics and supportive care. When it is treated early and aggressively then the chances of recovery become good but the risk of permanent residual kidney and liver damage persists.
- Nowadays there are certain vaccines which are available for protecting dogs from leptospirosis.
Preventive measures include washing hands after handling your pet, if the dog urinates in the house, clean it quickly, avoid direct skin contact with dog’s urine, don’t let your dog urinate in or near water bodies and keep your pet in touch with a veterinarian.
In Ayurveda the Treatment of Leptospirosis in Dogs is successfully possible not only for humans but also for dogs. Ayurveda is a science which explains about animal health too and considering this fact below mentioned products have shown really good results in leptospirosis in Dogs.
Herbal formulations for Leptospirosis in Dogs by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda is a renowned Ayurvedic company which deals with the manufacturing and preparation of herbal formulations. These formulations are prepared using potent herbs and their extracts which are really effective in managing many conditions like leptospirosis. The formulations or products prepared by Planet Ayurveda do not contain any kind of adulterants, dyes, additives, fillers etc. These medications are really potent in supporting the recovery of the body from this infection and hence giving positive noticeable results. The medication or formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda for the management of leptospirosis are as follows:
- Mutrakrichantak churna
- Mahashankh vati
- Punarnava mandur
- Sanjivani vati
1. Mutrakrichantak Churna
Mutrakrichantak churna is a classical herbal formulation that has ingredients like Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri) and varuna (Crataeva nurvala). These ingredients help in reducing inflammation and prevent infections. The impact of leptospira on the functioning of kidneys can even result in kidney failure affecting their functioning and filtration rate of fluids. But with these formulations the damage to kidneys can be prevented as well as reversed. The formulation is really good and gives very effective results especially when it comes to protection of kidney parenchyma.
Dosage: one tsp twice after meals.
2. Mahashankh vati
Mahashankh vati is the effective classical formula which helps in the enhancement of digestion and also effectively relieves symptoms like bloating and indigestion. The formulation is popularly mentioned in classics and contains pippali (piper longum), chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), danti (Baliospermum montanum) and many more. The formulation helps in naturally dealing with indigestion, loss of appetite along with gas and other digestion related problems. In leptospirosis mahashankh vati helps relieve the sharp spasm which are common while passing stool or due to diarrhoea. It also helps in protecting the gastrointestinal mucosa as well. The tablet is having an appetising effect and digestive effect as well. The formulation is really great to heal gastrointestinal tract in case of blood in stool.
Dosage: One tablet twice daily 10 min before meals with lukewarm water.
3. Punarnava Mandur
Punarnava mandur is a classical herbo-mineral preparation which is formed with helpful herbs like punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), pippali (Piper longum), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), chavya (Piper chaba) and a few others. The formulation also has mandur as its ingredient which is a mineral and hence is really effective in making formulation more effective. The formulation works really well in increasing the blood haemoglobin levels which lowers due to blood vomit, blood in stool or others. It is a great preparation and helps in maintaining the health of kidneys as well as liver.
Dosage: Two tablets twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.
3. Sanjivani vati
Sanjivani vati is a really effective preparation which is like being prepared to infuse life into a being. This is also a classical formulation and contains many herbs like sonth (Zingiber officinale), vidanga (Piper retrofractum), giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and many more. The ingredients combinedly strengthens the immune system and hampers the aggravation of symptoms These herbs when ingested and passed through the intestine creates an environment that is suitable for healthy digestion and also works as antipyretic agent. It all over works by enhancing the digestion power and provides a very good and positive effect on digestion processes as well as on the digestive system as it digests the endotoxins.
Dosage: Two tablets twice a day after meals along with lukewarm water.
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Our dogs or our pets are a very important part of our lives. They bring us joy, love and the feeling of being loved and to be loved. Yes, when they get ill we panic because we love them and the most above all thing we are scared of is that they can not share their pain. But what’s in our hands, it’s the observation we can make to take care of our pets. Don’t let them out in areas where they can get easily exposed to such types of bacterias.