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Cramping (Stomach)

Cramping (Stomach)

Herbal remedies to reduce cramping and to promote proper digestive, excretory and immune function in dogs and cats.

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.

Digestive dysfunction can result in abdominal cramping and pain in animals. Abdominal discomfort may be caused by an accumulation of gas in the abdomen and can be extremely painful for your pet. Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds may be affected by abdominal pain, although cramping occurs more commonly in some breeds.

Abdominal cramping can occur for a variety of reasons, but the main causes tend to be related to being fed table scraps, foods that are sweet, sugary or fatty, or foods that contain corn, wheat or soy. If a new food is introduced too quickly into the diet, it can also cause cramping.

Abdominal pain and cramping can be caused by bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections, and serious diseases such as liver failure, kidney disease, ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), bloat, pancreatitis or complications during pregnancy.

Cramping may also be related to your pet eating garbage, spoiled food, road kill or ingesting toxins such as garden chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, bleach or household detergents. In the case of suspected toxin ingestion, this is an emergency situation and you must contact your vet immediately.

Signs of abdominal pain an cramping may include an arched back and tucked in feet, abdominal swelling, bloat, loss of appetite, lethargy and overall weakness, excitability, jerking, thrashing, inability to console your animal, or signs of collapse. If you observe these symptoms in your pet, contact your veterinarian as your pet may be experiencing a medical emergency.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies work to help soothe the belly, to reduce cramping and spasms, alleviate nausea and vomiting (anti-emetic), supply natural antacids and gastric protectors, help your pet maintain to healthy digestive tract and promote overall health and wellness. In most cases, herbs have few contraindications, drug interactions and cautions.

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, and is a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, and provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD).

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating supports correct balance of intestinal flora, and helps calms the digestive system.

Love Your Liver – (learn more)promotes theperformance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys and bladder, facilitates rental and digestive excretions, used to provide protection and detoxification from insecticides, toxins, vaccinations, an inappropriate diet and an excess of food, and relieves symptoms such as pressure, stomach pain, nausea,  vomiting and flatulence.

Related Products:

Hepa Protect- (learn more) is used to support liver metabolism, bile production and flow, hepatic circulation and immune function, to support the digestive system and healthy liver function by promoting the performance, tone and regulate the health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder and to normalize liver enzyme levels.

Life’s An Itch – (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) reactions, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots,skin allergies, itchy coat and skin irritations in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections. 

To help avoid abdominal cramping in your dog or cat, feed your pet grain-free, human grade, holistic meat based food. If the first ingredients are listed as corn, wheat soy or meat by-products, skip the brand. Dogs cannot process these types of grains and cats, which are obligate carnivores, cannot process them at all. Suggested brands include Blue Buffalo, Evo, Natural Balance, Solid Gold and Wellness dog and cat varieties.

For a full version of tips to prevent abdominal disorders, please read the 2013 Newsletter series on Detoxifying.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will likely perform a thorough physical examination including a blood count, a biochemical profile, urinalysis, fluid and electrolyte therapy x-rays, abdominal ultrasound and endoscopy. 

If you think you can treat abdominal cramping at home, it is suggested that you withhold food for 24 hours to allow the stomach to relax. Instead of feeding dry kibble, try feeding cooked rice and chicken or canned food to relax the stomach and ease digestion. Pay close attention to your pet so that symptoms do not escalate as abdominal cramping can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

There are a number of things that you can do provide symptomatic relief of abdominal pain and prevent recurrences these include:

Feed your pet high quality commercial food or a well balanced all natural diet without additives, preservatives or colorants

Avoid feeding your pet sugary foods or table scraps

Make sure that your pet always has fresh, clean water available

Disinfect food and water bowls regularly and only use stainless steel bowls

Exercise your pet regularly to ensure that he keeps fit and healthy

If your pet has symptoms of colic, withhold food for 24 hours to rest the stomach

Soothe your pet’s bowel with small amounts of plain yogurt which contains natural cultures

Avoid exposing your pet to spoilt food, garbage cans, chemicals or poisons

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

De-worm your pet regularly

Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are regularly updated

Visit your vet for annual check ups to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of your pet

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