Friday, January 13, 2017

Natural Treatments For Feline Pillow Foot (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis)

Chloe with Kirby and Sammy (background)
"My 13 year old Calico named Chloe started limping terribly about 3 years ago.  When I took her to the vet, she was diagnosed with the immune system disease called pillow foot,  which was causing the pads under her paws to enlarge and become puffed out making them very sore to walk on. We started on oral steroids, and steroid injections into the pads of which all seemed to be just a temporary bandaid, and I was not thrilled with the long term effects of steroids on her liver. A pain medication similar to Ibuprofen, and oral morphine was all that they had to offer after that.  I decided to try to strengthen her core system by trying your Power Probiotic , 1 daily in her wet food, and within 2 days the problem and the limping were completely gone and have never returned. I was completely astonished and very thankful for your product!  Additionally, she is a picky cat and usually will not eat her food with anything added to it but loves the taste of this Probiotic. I was very relieved to see my elderly cat walking comfortably and not in pain finally, especially after being told by the vet that she may have it for the rest of her life.  Your Probiotic has also worked wonders on my other 2 cats as well.  Kirby was vomiting up his food daily, but with the probiotic that has completely stopped except for once in a great while. My Russian Blue cat,  Sammy, was having terrible constant bouts with eye herpes every 2 to 3 weeks. The Probiotic has cut the episodes back drastically to maybe one every 3 to 4 months.  I cannot say enough how much your supplements have helped all of my pets with their various problems." Donna, Pennsylvania 2016

“Pillow Foot or Paw” (Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis) is an autoimmune condition in cats that can leave pet owners feeling helpless. The exact cause is not known, but like other autoimmune conditions, it is the body’s response to an antibody or infection that causes an inflammatory response. Autoimmune conditions can affect different parts of the body when they flare up. Some cats may show signs of red inflamed gums, indicating stomatitis, others may lose excessive amounts of weight due to hyperthyroidism, while others may develop Pillow Paw where excess plasma is produced and the padding of the paw becomes soft, swollen and inflamed. Cats of any age, gender or breed can develop Pillow Paw and if your pet has been diagnosed with Pillow Paw it important to provide your pet with immune system support. Autoimmune diseases can be controlled holistically by feeding your pet an anti-inflammatory diet and using supplements that help modulate the immune system. Allergens in food and stress are a big trigger. To learn more about how to help your pet with an autoimmune disease, click here.

Stages of Pillow Paw
Stage 1: Paw pad may be slightly puffy and tender
Stage 2: Pads will eventually become purple and appear bruised.
Stage 3: The pads become increasingly mushy and your cat will begin to “favor” the affected paws.(often more than one paw is inflamed)
Stage 4: Sores will develop and in severe cases may split open 
Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Plasma Cell Pododermatitis
Your vet may be able to diagnosis Pillow Pet by the the initial physical exam and the classic physical symptoms, however, for confirmation, blood tests may be run to determine lymphocyte levels. Conventional veterinary care would most likely include antibiotics and steroids to calm the inflammation and clear any infection.

Using holistic care for autoimmune conditions can greatly reduce the need to give your cat medications and better regulate their immune system and overall well being. When cats have an autoimmune condition, the cat's immune system is so overloaded that their body forms antibodies to its own tissues and attacks itself. Autoimmune disease can be very challenging for veterinarians to treat and often involves the use of antibiotics and steroids to calm down the immune response. The onset of the attacks is often associated with triggers which could be exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, stress or food allergens. These contribute to a "flare-up" which may then quiet down for a period of time.

Effective Supplements For Pillow Foot and Autoimmune Diseases in Cats

Several products have been especially effective in helping cats with Pillow foot and other autoimmune diseases such as stomatitis. Immune Harmony, Quentans, Power Probiotic and Notatum work synergistically together, helping to calm down inflammation naturally. Generally over a few months time, pet owners start to see real improvements in their cat's overall demeanor and a slowing in the progression of the disease. Controlling the frequency and the level of flareups can transform a cat's quality of life.
Each of these formulas works in a different way and can be used together.

Power Probiotic 
The Power Probiotic is a multi-strain formula that many cats like the taste of (yeah!). It can be sprinkled in food or some cats like to eat it by itself. The Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria throughout the intestinal tract. Why is this important? The majority of your cat's immune system resides in the intestinal tract.

Immune Harmony
This formula is natural plant sterols and has been specifically designed to treat autoimmune diseases.  It helps to modulate the cat's immune system and is well-tolerated by cats. 

 Quentans and Notatum--Great things come in small bottles! These drops are easy to administer and work exceptionally well together. Notatum is a basic formula for fighting infection while Quentans is especially helpful for viruses. When used together, they seem to control the incidence of infections such as URIs, UTIs, redness and soreness associated with inflammation.

Diet For Cats With Pillow Foot And Other Autoimmune Diseases
Diet can also play an important role in supporting your cat’s immune system too. Even "healthy or organic" premium brands can be problematic if they contain ingredients which can cause inflammation, thereby flaring up the autoimmune disease. The wrong food can be a trigger that causes a flare up of symptoms. Food allergies and intolerances are the single biggest trigger for autoimmune conditions. A cat doesn't have to be sneezing or vomitting to have a food intolerance. The food may be causing inflammation and in the early stages, you may not make any connection that the flareups are connected to the food. Some common food allergens in cats: fish, poultry, grains, soy and dairy. Dry kibble can be a problem because the foods are very high in carbohydrates which turn to sugar. Cats are carnivores and feeding them as clean and natural a diet will go a long way to helping control Pillow Foot.

Ask Ariel is dedicated to helping pets with autoimmune conditions. If you place an order for the products, include your cat's diet on the order form at checkout. Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis will include a diet suggestion on the packing slip based on your cat's special needs. Susan offered inperson consultations at VCA hospitals in Southern California for over 10 years and uses the knowledge she gained to help pets nationwide.

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