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Hiatal Hernias in Dogs / Hiatal Hernias in Cats

Hiatal Hernias in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address digestive and stomach problems such as hiatal hernias and digestive upset in cats and dogs.

Natura Petz Organics remedies and supplements for hiatal hernia in dogs and cats.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to the overall health and well-being of your dog and cats. Your pet's digestive health not only impacts how nutrients are broken down and absorbed by the body, but digestive health also impacts immune health, the liver, bone marrow and adrenals.

A hernia most commonly occurs in puppies less than a year old and is usually an inherited condition. A hernia can also occur due to trauma, referred to as an acquired hiatal hernia, and can affect dogs and cats of all ages.

A third type of hernia, called a concurrent hernia, forms as a result of GERD, or gastric reflux, resulting in the lower esophageal sphincter sliding into the thoracic cavity, causing inflammation of the esophagus. 

A hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part. A hiatal hernia takes place at the opening of the diaphragm where the food pipe joins the stomach. Part of the stomach pushes through the opening, and a hernia is formed. 

A hernia may be detected by stomach or esophagus inflammation as well as lesions and abnormal tissue in the esophagus or stomach.

Schedule an appointment with your vet if you suspect your pet has a hernia because it can cause a lot of discomfort and may lead to other health issues.  

Symptoms of hiatal hernia commonly include:


Difficulty swallowing


Loss of appetite

Weight loss


Excessive salivation

Shortness of breath

Supplements that help promote tissue healing in the affected areas may help provide symptomatic relief and help limit acid reflux and GERD symptoms. Feeding your pet smaller amounts of food more frequently that are low in fat and low in acidity may help limit symptoms and discomfort.

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

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia to help serve as a digestive tonic, to help relieve a variety of digestive disorders including hernias, to help address related infections, to help repair interruptions in the esophagus and stomach lining, to help soothe painful and inflamed mucous membranes, to help rehabilitate connective tissue and to help promote digestive and gastrointestinal system health in cats & dogs.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, which helps nutritionally tone the animal body, helps boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; helps support water regulation and fluid balance in the body; helps reduce 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) and fever; 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 mobilityreduces 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 in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and 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, tones and strengthens the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; 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).

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.

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 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 and anti-Candidal; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

Conventional Remedies:

X-rays may show soft-tissue density in the region of the esophageal opening (hiatus), but they may not reveal lesions. However, an enlarged esophagus can be detected using X-ray imaging. Contrast exams can show the esophagus as it is joined to the stomach and may reveal the abnormalities that are causing the problems. Your doctor can also perform an exam called an esophagoscopy, by which an internal scope is used to detect inflammation, and possibly show the end (terminal) of the esophagus sliding into the thorax.

Surgical treatment may be necessary if your veterinarian finds the need to close the opening (hiatus), or needs to attach the stomach to the abdominal wall so that it does not protrude further. Antibiotics and therapeutic breathing treatments may be necessary if aspiration pneumonia develops as the result of associated breathing abnormalities. Your veterinarian can prescribe drugs that will promote digestion and increase the tone of the sphincter in the lower esophagus. Medications such as cimetidine may decrease the acidity of the reflux, and promote healing of the damaged esophagus tissue.

If surgery is required, you will need to follow through with visits to your veterinarian for after care treatment, even if you are managing your pet's health from home. Aspiration pneumonia is one of the possible long term complications related to a hiatal hernia. If you notice symptoms of pneumonia, contact your vet immediately.  




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