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GERD / Gastroesophageal Reflux in Dogs and Cats

Natura Petz Organics supplements for GERD in dogs and catsGERD / Gastroesophagel Reflux in Dogs and Cats

Natural treatments to help relieve symptoms of esophagitis caused by gastric and acid reflux in dogs and cats. 

Nutrition plays a critical 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 provide skin support. Nutrition also helps lubricate tissues, joints and muscles and helps support the skin's ability to counteract and repair wounds, bites, scars, burns, environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms, bacterial and viral in nature..

Esophagitis is a condition that describes the irritation and inflammation of the esophagus (the tube that leads from the back of the mouth to the stomach) as a result of a continual backup of gastric and intestinal fluid into the esophagus.

This fluid consists of acid, and if left untreated can lead to swallowing difficulties, bleeding and ulceration of the esophagus. It causes severe discomfort and is often quite painful for your pet. Esophagitis occurs in both dogs and cats, although younger animals that have a congenital hiatal hernia tend to be more susceptible.

This condition occurs as a result of many factors and can be related to Leaky Gut Syndrome, excessive acid in the digestive system, lack of Ph balance in the body, excessive vomiting, swallowing caustic or chemical substances, general anesthesia, a hiatal hernia, cancer of the esophagus or the reflux of gastric or intestinal juices.

Common symptoms of GERD include:

Salivation

Lack of appetite

Constant gulping

Constant coughing

Constant regurgitation

Swallowing difficulties

Anorexia

Help suggestions:

Feed your pet high quality commercial food or an all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients

Avoid feeding your pet high-fat foods, instead follow a low-fat, low-protein diet

Avoid feeding your pet late at night as late night feedings contributes to pressure in the stomach causing the reflux

Make sure that your pet does not ingest any caustic substances or foreign objects

Try feeding your pet smaller meals several times throughout the day to relieve episodes of esophagitis

Give your pet some honey to alleviate esophagitis and protect the esophagus

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have proven to be highly effective in helping support proper digestive function; to help promote Ph balance; to help heal and seal tissue affected by GERD and ulcers; to help reduce episodes of esophagitis; to help soothe stomach bloat, inflammation in the stomach lining and entire digestive tract, and to help promote general digestive, gastrointestinal and immune system health in cats and dogs.

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; 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 gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) is 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.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet’s diagnosis will be based on the symptoms presented as well as a thorough physical examination. Certain tests such as a complete blood count, biochemical profile, chest x-ray, and urinalysis may be performed. In addition, further tests such as an esophagram, fluoroscopy or esophagoscopy may also be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of esophagitis.

Treatment involves a change in diet – feeding your pet small low-fat, low-protein meals several times throughout the day. Your vet may prescribe medications such as gastric acid inhibitors or antibiotics to soothe and protect the lining of the esophagus. More severe cases of esophagitis may require hospitalization where intravenous feeding or surgery may be performed.

 

 

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