Anaemia

| October 16, 2010

Anaemia Anaemia

Anaemia is a deficiency of red blood cells or haemoglobin

What is it?
Anaemia is a deficiency of red blood cells or haemoglobin (the oxygen carrying part of the red blood cell). Many things can cause Anaemia. If your pet shows signs of Anaemia, it is vital that you consult a veterinarian to establish the cause as it can be caused by serious conditions such as liver disease, renal failure, immune mediated disease etc. A less serious but very common cause of Anaemia is parasitic infestation.

Symptoms:

An unusual amount of lameness or sleepiness can be a sign of anaemia. Anaemia itself is a symptom that often affects the amount of energy that your pet has, so look out for a decrease in this.
What can be done?

Lifestyle changes:
Anaemia is closely linked with low levels of iron in the body. Food and herbal iron sources are therefore very helpful. Some mild exercise can help to increase oxygenation and energy levels. It is also important to feed good quality protein to support blood making in the body. As Anaemia is often related to parasitic infections it is vital that you ensure your pet is flea free, using a good quality conventional flea and worm treatment to get achieve quick and effective results.

Suggested dietary changes include the introduction of liver to the diet. Other possible foods include beets, molasses, brown rice, eggs, mussels, sesame seeds, oats and wheat bran. Broccoli, Sunflower seeds, fruit and vegetables are also helpful.

Holistic Treatments:
A range of vitamins can help your pet when suffering with anaemia. Nutritional Yeast, Wheat germ, Folic Acid and Vitamins B, C and E are particularly good. Acupuncture and herbal treatment are also worth considering. The Natural Vet Company have consulted Sydney veterinarian, Dr Barbara Fougere to formulate a range of safe and easy to use products to best help your pet. We can also assist during consultation by presecribing chinese medicinal herbs to treat the specific problem your pet has..

Conventional Treatments:
Iron supplements are often a conventional way to treat anaemia. Your vet should also carry out some blood tests. While The Natural Vet Company can offer you new and natural ways to improve your pet’s health, it is important not to disregard any of the advice that your regular veterinarian provides you with

Consult one of our vets:
For more information and guidance feel free to contact The Natural Vet Company directly. You can sign up for a consultation using our online ordering system. One of the many trained veterinarians will be more than happy to guide you through a personalised treatment plan to ensure that your pet is happy and healthy again very soon. Another option is to post your question to our online forums where other members can perhaps help you with advice and guidance (please note: we do not have any control over the advice given in our forums). Please feel free to suggest a topic for a factsheet and we will be happy to put one online.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS FACTSHEET IS INTENDED FOR GENERAL BACKGROUND READING AND NOT AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL VETERINARY ADVICE. A VET CAN NOTICE SUBTLE CHANGES PERHAPS NOT OBVIOUS IN YOUR PET AND HAS MANY YEARS OF TRAINING TO PROVIDE THE BEST TREATMENT. WE DO NOT ADVISE YOU FOLLOW ANY OF THIS ADVICE WITHOUT CONSULTATION WITH OUR VET OR YOURS.

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