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Bloating

Herbal treatments for bloating in cats and dogs to help prevent bloated and distended stomachs.

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.

Just like humans can get bloated or ‘gassy’ after a meal – dogs and cats can get bloated too. Bloating in humans is far less serious than in animals – as severe bloating in dogs or cats can be a life-or-death emergency!

A bloated stomach for an animal could simply occur as a result of excess gas, fluid or foam, or it could be the result of a twisted stomach (volvulus) or blockage of the stomach valve – which usually requires surgery. Most animals get bloated from too much food. However the condition referred to as ‘bloat’ should always be treated by a veterinarian and is very serious.

Common causes of bloating include:

Swallowing excess air

Eating quickly and eating too much food

Trapped air and gas in the digestive system

Symptoms of common bloating:

A slightly swollen belly after eating

Flatulence and excess gas

Belching or wind

If you notice the following symptoms in your pet, you should consult with your vet immediately:

Severely distended abdomen (usually appearing rapidly)

Nausea, vomiting, or attempts to vomit (or retching)

Excessive salivation

Shortness of breath (as swelling puts increased internal pressure on the lungs)

Restlessness and discomfort from abdominal pain (often lying down and getting up repeatedly)

Sudden weakness or collapse or lethargy

Diagnosing Bloating

Most animals look slightly bloated after a meal or drinking lots of water. If however, you notice a severely distended abdomen and you suspect serious bloat in your pet – an immediate vet visit is essential.

Your vet will perform a physical exam and abdominal x rays may be taken. Your vet may also check for gas in your pet’s stomach by inserting a tube through the esophagus or inserting a needle through the abdomen.

The best way to protect your pet against bloat is to keep a close eye on them and watch for severe discomfort and stomach distention. If you notice anything about your dog or cat’s digestion that seems sudden, strange and unusual, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Herbal Products:

Herbals are safe and effective ways to prevent excess gas build up in the digestive system and abdomen, used as a tonic for the intestines and entire digestive tract, soothing the mucus membranes of the digestive tract, helping to soothe digestive upset and promote healthy digestion.

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

Soothed & Serene – (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security.

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, and 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.

Large breed dogs with broad, deep barrel chests are more likely to develop bloat – if you are the owner of a breed like this, watch carefully for bloat.

Feed your dog with small, regularly spaced meals

Presoak food in water for 30 minutes before feeding your dog

Prevent your animals from drinking large volumes of water at any one time.

Limiting exercise after meals

Keep garbage cans closed and put away – eating something that your pet is not used to can also cause gas to accumulate

Remove your pet’s food after a while if it is not finished. Periods of fasting throughout the day are very important for effective digestion and detoxification.

Ensure your pet is eating a balanced, high quality diet with plenty of raw and unprocessed food (preferably organic). Flatulence problems are often solved by a change in diet.

Avoid exposure to toxins and chemicals as much as possible including pesticides, herbicides, commercial flea collars, flea powder, insecticides and second-hand cigarette smoke.

Emotional or physical stress can also have an effect on digestion.

Related Products:

Stix & Stones - (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

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. 

Conventional Remedies:

If your pet is diagnosed simply with bloat, (if the stomach has not become twisted) your vet may be able to simply decompress the stomach with a tube or needle. If your dog has a twisted stomach (volvulus) they will most likely need to be treated surgically.

If your vet suspects your pet has bloat, your veterinarian will stabilize your pet and treat him/her for shock by giving your pet intravenous fluids and monitoring heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. During surgery, sutures attach the stomach to the body wall to help prevent future recurrences.

 

 

 

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