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Digestive Function


Pet supplements that help support digestive function in dogs and cats.

Digestive Function

Herbal remedies that help support digestive function and health 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. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging and the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, microorganisms and skin wounds by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; 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.

Primary enzymes needed by dogs and cats:

Protease for Muscle: Provides protein digestion in the stomach and small intestine to build muscle

Amylase for Energy: Digests starchy foods to release simple sugars for energy.

Cellulose for Fiber: Provides enzymes to digest cellulose, reducing the bulking effect of fibrous foods.

Lipase for Overall Health: Digests 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

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies 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.

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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; provides 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).

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.

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, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces 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), 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 mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

 

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