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Fur Balls

Fur Balls

Natural remedies to promote healthy digestion and reduce coughing due to fur balls in cats and dogs.

Nutrition plays a major role in skin and bone health. Healthy skin and bones are a result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune system, tissues and organs in the body and herbal and marine extracts provide natural antibiotics, proteins, co-enzymes and trace minerals that provide skin support, help to maintain the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of topical skin wounds, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral.

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.

Fur balls are most commonly associated with cats, but may also affect dogs. A cat has an intrinsic instinct to groom its coat – helping to get rid of unsightly burs and knots. The cat has a raspy tongue, like sandpaper – helping to brush the coat and dislodge small debris. The licking of the coat means that a fair amount of hair is swallowed.

Fur balls are usually harmless, causing mild discomfort; however in severe rare cases a cat may be unable to pass the fur ball – causing an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract. This would warrant medical attention and may even require surgery. If there is any change in the pattern of fur balls, or your pet experiences weight loss, diarrhea or a picky appetite, consult with your vet.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies provide a natural, gentle and effective solution to fur balls, used for indigestion, to maintain digestion, for  diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, violent retching and abdominal cramps and to promote balanced 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.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

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.

A number of steps can be taken to help prevent fur balls. Here are some helpful tips:

Groom your pets frequently. Try to start when the pet is young – but it is never too late to groom. The more loose hair you brush off, the less likely a fur ball is to occur as a result of ingested hair!

Use a rubber brush. It is soft and will not cause much discomfort (great for the cat and it works wonders for removing pat dander from carpets and furniture!)

Dry foods can help reduce the formation of fur balls in the gut. These foods help to "sweep" the fur along the intestines in the right direction.

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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.

Conventional Remedies:

Conventional treatment may include laxatives (never give your pet laxatives without consulting your vet – as it may result in serious harm or dehydration!) Your vet may prescribe drugs that enhance gut motility – however this may disturb the delicate balance in the digestive system.

Most hair is passed through the digestive system; however some hair may get trapped in the throat or stomach and combine to form a hairball. This occurs more frequently in longhaired, young to middle-aged cats. This fur ‘ball’ accumulates and when it reaches a certain size, the body attempts to eliminate it from the digestive tract.

This usually causes retching and heaving for the cat or dog, resulting in vomiting. The fur ball is usually cylindrical in shape and may or may not be mixed with semi-digested food. Irritable skin (eczema or flea bite dermatitis) or psychological disorders (stress and anxiety) can cause a cat to groom excessively.

 

 

 

 


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