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Reflux GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux

Acid Reflux / GERD / Gastroesophagel Reflux

Herbal treatments for dogs and cats to help relieve acid reflux (GERD) caused by gastric and acid reflux.

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 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.

Acid reflux (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.

If left untreated, the presence of acid can lead to swallowing difficulties, bleeding and ulceration of the esophagus. It causes severe discomfort and is often quite painful for your pet. Acid reflux 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 excessive vomiting, swallowing caustic or chemical substances, general anesthesia, suffering from a hiatal hernia, cancer of the esophagus or the reflux of gastric or intestinal juices. Common symptoms and signs that you should be on the lookout for include salivation, reduced appetite, persistent gulping, coughing, regurgitation, swallowing difficulties and anorexia.

If your pet is showing signs of listlessness, is vomiting blood or if there is blood in its stool, contact your vet immediately. Your pet may have a stomach ulcer. A stomach ulcer is a lesion that develops in the soft tissue lining of the stomach.

This occurs when the mucous lining of the stomach is compromised and harsh stomach acids start to corrode the actual stomach tissue. While stomach ulcers can develop in cats, the condition is far more commonly seen in dogs. One of the leading causes of stomach ulcers in pets is the use of pharmaceutical medications, particularly anti-inflammatory drugs, making stomach ulcers a common condition in pets suffering from chronic arthritis.

 

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used effectively to support the digestive system, to reduce episodes of esophagitis, to soothe stomach bloat, inflammation in the stomach lining and entire digestive tract, to promote digestive & gastrointestinal system health in cats & dogs, for its anti-inflammatory support, to rebuild and strengthen the stomach wall and to soothe painful and inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive system.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator, for asthma, coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

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.

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

Related Products:

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces 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), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

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.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

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, such as feeding your pet small low-fat, low-protein meals several times throughout the day. It is recommended that you feed foods that do not contain corn, wheat, soy and by products.

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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