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Stools, Loose in Dogs and Cats / Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats


Stools, Loose / Diarrhea

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs to help stop diarrhea and promote canine and feline health.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the immune system, the liver, bone marrow and adrenals.

Digestive dysfunction can result in abdominal cramping and pain in animals. Like humans, abdominal discomfort may be caused by an accumulation of gas in the abdomen and can be extremely painful.  Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds may be affected by abdominal pain, although some breeds are likely at greater risk than others.

Pets can occasionally encounter a bout of diarrhea. Diarrhea usually occurs when something that your pet has eaten does not agree with his stomach or irritates it. It is characterized by loose, watery stools that are passed frequently. Sometimes there may even be blood present in the stools. It affects dogs and cats of all ages and breeds.

Warning signs that you should be aware of include loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness, fever, a sense of urgency to defecate several times during the day as well as continue to strain after defecating. Diarrhea may be mild or severe. This condition affects electrolyte balance and may cause a critical loss of fluids within the body,  can lead to dehydration, acid-base imbalance or electrolyte interference.

If diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting, fever and your pet refuses to drink water, consult your vet immediately. 

There are various causes of diarrhea that range from eating rotten food, garbage or road kill, overeating, ingesting chemicals and toxins, sudden changes in diet, food allergies or a reaction to certain medications.

More severe episodes of diarrhea may develop because of parasitic infestation, bacterial, viral and fungal infection, colitis, ulcer, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney and liver disease, or stomach cancer.

Herbal Nutrition:

Herbal remedies help to provide relief for both dogs and cats suffering from diarrhea, loose stools and digestive disorders, to help promote firm stool formation, to restore proper digestive and bowel function, to help soothe the stomach, the digestive and nervous systems, to deliver prebiotic and probiotics to help calm and balance native flora, to help treat all types of infections and to seal and heal wounds of all types.

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

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).

Love Your Liver - (learn more) promotes the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, provides protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and flatulence, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for hepatic lipidosis, Fatty Liver Disease (FLD),  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS) and Feline cholangiohepatitis.

Helpful suggestions:

Feed your pet high quality, holistic pet food or a well balanced all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Avoid feeding your pet table scraps, bones or snacks and exclude spices, bran, sugar and lactose products from the diet

If your pet has loose stools, give his stomach a rest by withholding food for at least 24 hours and water for 12 hours. This may help ease an irritated stomach

After your pet’s fast, feed him a bland diet of cooked rice with skinless chicken and follow with small amounts of plain yogurt which contains natural bacterial cultures and soothes the bowel

Avoid making sudden changes to your pet’s diet by introducing new foods gradually by adding it to old food. It should take 3 – 5 days to introduce a new diet

Inspect your pet’s stool daily for abnormalities such as loose stools, blood or mucus in stools

Ensure that your pet is de-wormed regularly

Keep your pet away from spoiled food and garbage cans

Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are updated

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of diarrhea is based on the symptoms presented, a thorough physical examination and review of your pet’s medical history. Your vet will take a fresh stool sample to check for internal parasites, blood tests, x-rays, ultrasound of the abdomen or endoscopy to determine the cause of diarrhea.

Mild episodes of diarrhea can be managed at home. This can be done by withholding food for 24 to 48 hours, but always make sure that water is available to avoid dehydration. When diarrhea stops, feed your pet a bland diet of cooked rice with chicken in small amounts 3 to 6 times per day.

Afterwards, you can slowly return him to his normal diet. However, do not withhold food from puppies or kittens or administer any over-the-counter medications – consult your vet first! In cases of severe diarrhea, a specially formulated diet will be prescribed together with anti-inflammatory or antibiotic medications and intravenous fluids.

 

 

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