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Spastic Colon in Dogs and Cats / Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Dogs and Cats

Spastic Colon in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help address spastic colon in dogs and cats and to help address symptoms of digestive disorders.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to the overall health and well-being and is directly related to immune and endocrine health. The digestive health of your dog and cat can impact the breakdown and absorption of nutrients as well as have a significant impact on the excretory, digestive and immune systems, the liver, kidneys, bone marrow as well as the endocrine system for its effects on the adrenal and thyroid glands.

Spastic colon, commonly affects dogs and cats of all ages and breeds. Spastic colon, also referred to as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, refers to gastrointestinal dysfunction that caused mucous membranes in the digestive tract to become inflamed and irritated, causing chronic (ongoing) inflammation in the bowels. Inflammation can occur in the large intestine (referred to as colitis), the small intestine (referred to enteritis), or the stomach (referred to as gastritis). 

Inflammation and irritation can lead to abdominal pain, constipation, chronic diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, bloating, and flatulence. Your dog and cat may also lose their appetite, a condition known as cachexia.

Common reasons related to spastic colon:  

Diet intolerance (related to poor diet commonly found in low quality commercial foods that contain corn wheat, soy, inferior proteins, fillers, soy, additives, colorants, preservatives=check the ingredient's list of your pet's food) 

Food allergies

Stress

Overuse of antibiotics

Viral infections

Bacterial infections

Parasites

Spoiled food

Eating too fast

Over eating

Vigorous exercise

Swallowing foreign objects

Toxin exposure (dryer sheets, detergents, cigarettes, scented candles, smoking, pesticides, fertilizer)

Sudden diet changes

Intolerance to certain foods (lactose, corn, wheat, soy)

Anxiety

Nervousness

Excitement

Ingesting medications

Over-vaccination (vaccinosis

If your pet displays signs of spastic colon, consult your veterinarian. 

Helpful suggestions:

Start with diet. Many dogs and cats have an intolerance to certain ingredients in their food just like people do. You may need to experiment with a variety of diets before finding one that suits your pet’s needs. Opt for premium, holistic, balanced diets filled with quality nutrition and avoid diets that include corn, wheat, soy, preservatives, additives and colorants, which are found in most commercial dog and cat foods. Common triggers: chicken and turkey are widely used in pet food and your pet can develop an allergen if fed the same food, especially the same type of protein over and over. Consider exotic proteins like bison, venison and duck, which have lower allergen triggers.

Avoid feeding your pet human food, including table scraps, eliminate all treats until you have spastic colon under control. Known triggers include diets high in fats, spicy foods, processed foods, dairy products, preservatives and sugar. 

Skip tap water. Give your pet fresh, filtered water or bottled water daily.

Parasites are a common trigger for spastic colon, especially in young pets. Make sure your pet is checked for parasites if you suspect infection and treated. Pets should be de-wormed every 3 – 6 months

Limit stress. Pets can detect our stress so be mindful about what kind of environment you are creating both inside and outside the home. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies help tone and strengthen proper digestive function, help act as digestive tonics which may help soothe and support the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract; may help nutritionally support mucous membranes throughout the body; may help to address symptoms of colitis, enteritis and gastritis; may help soothe stomach bloat and help provide symptomatic relief of digestive problems in the digestive tract; may help soothe gastric mucus membranes and stomach bloat; nay help promote digestive and gastrointestinal system health and overall health and well being, may help promote immune balance and may help reduce other nutritional imbalances in the body’s systems in dogs and cats.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobilityplus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. 

Body Bliss – (learn more) is used holistically as a plant based, full spectrum Omega 3; for its anti-inflammatory, auto-immune, antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventive) actions; for its heart healthy effects; as a potential heart and blood vessel disease preventive; for its essential fatty acid content which may be help to prevent blood clots (thrombus); to help address myocardial infraction and cerebral apoplexy; for its effects to lubricate mucous membranes found throughout the body; may help address symptoms of Crohn’s disease, disseminated sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, for its nutritive content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize skin; for its nutritional value to help protect and promote bone, eye, teeth, joint, ligaments and connective tissue health while keeping your pet's coat healthy and glowing, from the inside out.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Conventional Remedies:

A physical examination as well as blood tests, urine samples, feces analysis, and x-rays may be taken to determine the cause of spastic colon. Sometimes additional testing which includes an abdominal ultrasound, radiograph or endoscopy may also be performed.

Depending on the cause of gastritis your vet may prescribe various medications. If your pet has been vomiting for more than 24 hours, he will most likely be dehydrated and require fluids to rehydrate his body. Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics, pain relievers and anti-emetics to relieve fever, vomiting and nausea.

Your vet may recommend that food and water be withheld for a certain period of time, followed by a bland diet like rice and chicken. In cases of chronic gastritis, your pet may require a change in diet permanently.

Consider adding belly soothing herbs to help settle your pet's digestive and to promote balanced, native gut flora.

 

 

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