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Inflammation of the Stomach

Inflammation of the Stomach

Herbal treatments for cats and dogs with gastritis to reduce stomach inflammation and 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 ingesting spoilt food, garbage, plants, hair, foreign objects 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.

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.

Vomiting

Nausea and belching

Blood in vomit or stool

Gas

Diarrhea

Decreased appetite and water intake

Lethargy

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

Eating spoiled food

Eating too fast or too much

Vigorous exercise or exercising too soon after a meal

Swallowing foreign objects or toxic chemicals such as household detergents, pesticides or fertilizer

Bacterial infection

Viral infection

Food allergies

Sudden diet changes

Intolerance to certain foods such as lactose

Anxiety, nervousness or excitement

Ingesting medications

Drug medications

Antibiotics

Aspirin

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.

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.

There are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to avoid stomach inflammation developing in your pet and these include:

·Feed your pet high quality commercial food or a well balanced, all natural diet that contains all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

·Always make sure that your pet has fresh, clean water available

·Ensure that garbage cans, toxic substances and spoilt are inaccessible to pets

·If your pet has symptoms of stomach inflammation, withhold food for 24 hours

·Soothe your pet’s bowel after any diarrhea has been resolved, with plain yogurt which contains natural cultures

·Avoid making any sudden changes to your pet’s diet – introduce new food slowly by mixing with old food so that your pet can become accustomed to it. Introducing a new diet should take place over 3-5 days.

·De-worm your pet regularly

·Visit your vet annually for a thorough examination and to update vaccinations

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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

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Conventional Remedies:

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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