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Digestion Support in Dogs / Digestive Support in Cats


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Digestion in Dogs / Digestion in Cats

Herbal remedies that help provide enzymatic and digestive support in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. including digestion and nutrient assimilation.

Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, pathogens, allergnes, microorganisms and skin wounds by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; help protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

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 the adrenals, which are part of the endocrine system.

Digestive dysfunction can result in abdominal cramping and pain in animals. Like humans, abdominal discomfort may be caused by an accumulation of gas in the abdomen and can be extremely painful.  Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds may be affected by abdominal pain, although some breeds are likely at greater risk than others.

Digestive dysfunction 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 digestive upset.

Our pets are also often subject to the harmful effects of processed foods which contain preservatives and additives. Animals are also exposed to environmental pollutants and the stress of modern living, which can all affect digestive functioning and can result in a number of digestive upsets.

More than 6 million dogs and 12 million cats suffer from chronic digestive problems as evidenced from vet visits. The symptoms that dogs and cats experience include gas, diarrhea, bloating and nausea.

Many more pets suffer occasional digestive upset due to changing food, environmental stress, antibiotic use, travel, storms and many other reasons. . Intestinal discomfort can be reduced for your pets by ensuring digestive enzymes are included in their diet for comfort as well as a means to strengthen their digestive system.

Digestive enzymes help breakdown and deliver nutrients from a pet's food to every part of the body. There are many factors that can lead to a decrease the amount of enzymes available to our pets, including the age of our pet, their overall health, strenuous exercise, illness, stress, a processed diet, genetic factors or antibiotic use. Because our pets routinely experience wear and tear on their bodies, supplementing their diet with digestive enzymes is an important step toward balanced health and wellness.

Each dog and cat has its own individual, unique digestive needs and a single or multi-blend plant contains hundreds of natural plant chemicals that may combine to help deliver layered digestive support each pet requires. Our products are also adaptogen based in that they are naturally coded plants that help identify dysfunction and then nutritionally and phytochemically help to repair and restore balance.

Primary enzymes needed by dogs and cats:

Protease: Supports muscles and helps support protein digestion in the stomach and small intestine to build muscle

Amylase: Supports energy and ability to digest starchy foods to release simple sugars for energy.

Cellulose: Provides fiber and supports enzymes to digest cellulose, reducing the bulking effect of fibrous foods.

Lipase: Supports overall heatlh along with aids in digestion of fatty acids allowing your pet to absorb Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamins A, D, E and K.

Enzymes are destroyed in the normal manufacturing process of most commercial pet foods. Supplementing with enzymes is an effective way to replace enzyme and nutrient loss due to heating and processing.

Plant based enzymes are stable at the pH of a dog and cat's digestive system and start working once chewed and swallowed, filtering throughout the entire animal body. It’s important to consider that many industrial or animal based enzymes are effective only at pH levels that are not commonly found in the animal body.  

Because vitamins, minerals and hormones require enzymes to work, deficiency affects digestion as well as overall health. Common signs of enzyme deficiency and poor digestion include excessive itching, shedding, hair balls, body odor, rash, bad breath, diarrhea, constipation, chronic infection and a compromised immune system. Supplementing with digestive enzymes can not only address a digestive deficiency, but can also aid in creating reserves that the body can use as needed.

Did you know that digestive health impacts every organ and system of your animal’s body? Your pet's digestive system is home to hundreds of different species of friendly, beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. These intestinal bacteria exist in a delicate balance that influence the way your pet digests food and absorb nutrients. An optimal balance of power between friendly and unfriendly bacteria must be maintained for good health.

The friendly bacteria found in your pet’s stomach play a critical role in many aspects of immune responses. Friendly bacteria help build infection resistance and limit the proliferation of negative bacteria in the gut. They also fight toxins and other internal stresses that can threaten your pet's health.

Adding a prebiotic to your pet's food helps friendly bacteria thrive as well as enhances the function of probiotics. Prebiotics and Probiotics such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are natural and safe and are found naturally in specific plants.

Whether you are changing to a new food, your pet is on antibiotics, or you just want to keep their digestive system healthy, supplementing with a digestive supplement helps keep your pet comfortable and at the top of their health.

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

Herbal remedies may help function as digestive tonics while soothing and supporting the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract, to relax symptoms of gastrointestinal disease, 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.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) contains prebiotic, probiotics, inulin, fiber and digestive enzymes and more, 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 steroids, prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber, digestive enzymes and a plant based steroid, used holistically to help address digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically 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.

Digestion Meal Topper (learn more) - contains prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber, digestive enzymes, fatty acids and amino acids to help maintain native gut flora and support healthy digestion and a healthy digestive tract; containing adaptogens which are specialized, healthy natural plant chemicals, able to identify digestive disorders and works to nutritionally correct digestive upset; adaptogen content  may help correct bladder, kidney and upper and lower urinary tract infections; natural antioxidants and plant steroids help fight stomach infections and limit stomach inflammation; soothes stomach upset, supports proper elimination and nutritionally supports balanced immune health. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains antioxidants, prebiotics, probiotics, digestives enzymes, fiber, inulin, fatty acids and adaptogens and is a potent plant-based anti-viral, 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; may be an important anti-viral adjunctive in cases of Herpes virus; may help alleviate symptoms 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; as a gastrotonic to support stomach health; 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. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; 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, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support 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; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, 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;

 

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