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Gastritis in Dogs / Gastritis in Cats

Gastritis in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help address gastritis and to help relieve stomach irritation.

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.

Stomach inflammation, also known as gastritis is defined as inflammation or infection of the stomach lining. This condition occurs frequently in both dogs and cats. It develops as a result of eating spoiled food, garbage, plants, hair, foreign objects, eating too fast or eating too much, as well as toxic substances such as household detergents, pesticides or fertilizer.

Gastritis is a condition that describes inflammation, irritation or damage of the stomach lining. The stomach secretes acids needed for digestion but when the lining is irritated, symptoms arise that may bring about pain and discomfort.

Food allergies, overeating and certain drugs and medications such as steroids, antibiotics and aspirin may also result in your dog or cat’s stomach being inflamed. In addition parasites, viral, and bacterial infections, as well as systemic diseases such as liver failure, kidney disease, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease and hypoadrenocoricism can cause chronic stomach inflammation.

It affects both dogs and cats, and episodes of gastritis may be mild to severe and, sometimes even requiring hospitalization. If left untreated gastritis may lead to more serious stomach disorders such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic gastritis and stomach cancer.

Common conditions:

Vomiting

Nausea and belching

Blood in vomit or stool

Gas

Diarrhea

Decreased appetite and water intake

Lethargy

Gastritis may also occur as a result of the following and these include:

 

Vigorous exercise or exercising too soon after a meal

Bacterial infection

Viral infection

Food allergies

Sudden diet changes

Intolerance to certain foods such as lactose or grains

Anxiety, nervousness or excitement

Ingesting medications

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as digestive tonics while soothing and supporting the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract, to soothe stomach bloat and to provide symptomatic relief of digestive problems in the digestive tract, to soothe gastric mucus membranes and stomach bloat, to promote digestive & gastrointestinal system health and overall health and wellbeing and to reduce the imbalance in the body’s systems in dogs and cats.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) contains prebiotic, probiotics and digestive enzymes and more, used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, soothe stomach upset and support proper elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders; helps promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; for Candida including systemic Candida 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) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat and nerves; as a neurasthenic for nerve pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous, antiviral, neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide 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); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gum.  

Digestion Meal Topper (learn more) - contains prebiotics and probiotics to help maintain native gut flora and support healthy digestion and a healthy digestive tract; containing adaptogens which are specialized, healthy natural plant chemicals, able to identify digestive disorders and works to nutritionally correct digestive upset; adaptogen content  may help correct bladder, kidney and upper and lower urinary tract infections; natural antioxidants and plant steroids help fight stomach infections and limit stomach inflammation; soothes stomach upset, supports proper elimination and nutritionally supports balanced immune health.

Helpful solutions:

Feed your pet an all natural, high quality diet without preservatives, colorants and additives

Avoid changing the type of food that you feed your pet and try to be as consistent as possible about feeding times. Make sure that if you have to change the diet, it is done gradually over 5 to 7 days.

Make sure you keep all food and water bowls clean and disinfected

Keep potentially dangerous objects out of reach that your pet may swallow and become lodged in the digestive tract – these include pens, toys, string or medication

Watch what your dog or cat eats as they are often attracted to garbage, dead animals, plants and insects, and toxic substances

If you suspect that your pet may have gastritis, withhold food and limit water until you have contacted your vet

Reduce your pet’s stress levels by keeping him relaxed and calm 

Conventional Remedies:

Gastritis is based on the symptoms presented as well as a physical examination. Certain tests such as blood tests, urine samples, feces analysis, and x-rays may be taken to determine the cause of gastritis. Sometimes additional testing which includes an abdominal ultrasound, radiograph or endoscopy may also be performed.

Warning signs that may indicate that your pet has stomach inflammation include vomiting, diarrhea, high temperature (above 101.5), weight loss, loss of appetite and black, tarry stools. If your pet is suffering from a mild episode of stomach inflammation, withhold food for at least 24 hours to allow the stomach to rest. Follow with a bland diet of cooked rice with chicken once the stomach has settled.

Provide water to avoid dehydration but only in small amounts. However, if symptoms persist, consult your vet immediately. Your vet will perform a thorough examination, complete blood count, biochemical profile and urinalysis. Other tests include x-rays, abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy and parvo testing on puppies. Treatment involves giving your pet water initially, then a bland diet. Some pets may require fluid and electrolyte therapy, antacids, antiemetics and gastric protectants.

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.

Dogs and cats with acute gastritis may be given antacids such as Tagamet or stomach-soothing medications such as Pepto-Bismol. Your vet will also 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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