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Bowel Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Bowel Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address bowel problems in dogs and cats and to help prevent canine and feline bowel disorders.

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

The animal body takes in food and uses it as fuel. Your dog and cat's body extracts nutrients from food and then digests and rids of the "fuel" through urine and solid waste. Just as humans, dogs and cats can commonly experience digestive upset for a variety of reasons, often presenting a dizzying amount of symptoms, which oare overwhelmingly related to inflammation of the (GI) gastrointestinal tract. 

The animal GI system has multiple layers of defense against food and water that passes through, however, when the system breaks down, it allows food to leak through the intestinal wall. As a result of the dysfunction, the immune system is triggered, inflammation follows and a self-perpetuating bowel disorder ensues, typically referred to as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a top to bottom gastrointestinal disorder that results in a thickening of the bowel lining which interferes with your pet's ability to absorb, contract and move food through the body, disrupting bowel function. Over time, your pet may suffer nutritionally as it struggles to extract what its body requires from food.

Chronic vomiting results if the infiltration is in the stomach or higher areas of the small intestine. Watery diarrhea with weight loss results if the infiltration is in the lower small intestine. A mucous diarrhea with fresh blood (colitis) results if the infiltration occurs in the large intestine. Gas and bad breath are common. IBD should not be confused with IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is a stress related diarrhea.

IBD can include: 

Colitis including Chronic Colitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Lymphocytic-plasmacytic Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Enteritis (Regional, Granulomatous Enteritis or Spastic Bowel Syndrome)

Helpful suggestions:

Animals need to follow a healthy diet. Avoid processed foods with corn, wheat and soy. Organic, raw and hypo-allergenic diets are suggested. Too little roughage will lead to loose stools (diarrhea) while stools that have too much fiber will be hard to pass and lead to constipation. Regular bowel movements are key to the health of your pet.

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily.

Ensure your dog and cat have exercise.

Keep garbage cans closed and put away. Eating something that your pet is not used, including human food!, can also cause gas to accumulate, diarrhea or constipation

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

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

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help address symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disorder, to promote healthy digestion and healthy bowel movements for your pets; to help support healthy native gut flora; to help seal the stomach and limit inflammation; to help act as a natural system cleanser; to help reduce colic and symptoms of colic; to help relieve symptoms of acute colic, stomach cramps and gas; to help optimize digestion; to help calm gastro-intestinal disturbances and for all forms of digestive complaints.

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 mobility; reduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Conventional Remedies:

If your pet has loose stool, your vet may prescribe a medication to help ‘bulk up’ their fecal matter. Similarly your vet may prescribe a stool softener to help loosen hard, firm stools that may be backing up in the bowel.                           

Keep in mind these medications may come with other side effects. If you suspect your pet may have an irritable bowel, be constipated or suffering from diarrhea, consult with your vet and research different options.

 

 

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