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Digestive Support for Dogs and Cats

Digestive Support for Dogs and Cats
Pet supplements that provide digestive support in dogs and cats.

Herbal nutrition to help provide digestive and enzymatic support 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 the adrenals, which are part of the endocrine system.

More than 6 million dogs and 12 million cats suffer from chronic digestive problems, representing one of the most common reasons for 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, or normal intestinal balance that has been disrupted by drugs, like antibiotics or steroids. 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.

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.

Primary enzymes needed by dogs and cats:

1. Protease supports protein digestion in the stomach and small intestine to build muscle.

2. Amylase aids in the digestion of starchy foods to release simple sugars for energy.

3. Cellulose helps enzymes to digest cellulose, reducing the bulking effect of fibrous foods.

4  Lipase supports overall health and helps pets to absorb Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamins A, D, E and K.

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.

Digestive health impacts every organ and system of your animal’s body. Your pet's guts are 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.

Friendly bacteria can also 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.

Prebiotics are specialized forms of fiber that, when eaten, stimulate the growth and function of healthy or "good" bacteria in the intestine. Prebiotics promote the growth of good bacteria and actually inhibit the growth of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria. FOS(fructooligosaccharides), inulin (a type of FOS), GOS (galactooligosaccharides) or TOS (trans-galactooligosaccharides) are all examples of prebiotics and are beneficial in pets. 

Probiotics are nutritive and can manufacture vitamin B groups, biotin and folic acid and stimulate the immune system, improving health and general physical wellbeing of our dogs and cats.

Given to puppies, kittens, seniors and immuno compromised animals, prebiotics and probiotics can improve growth by aiding digestion and absorption of nutrients, antioxidants and iron from food. Prebiotics and probiotics can also enhance appetite and increase energy levels, so they are beneficial to aging animals or dogs with low energy levels.

Probiotics are essential to keep the "bad bacteria" in check and the intestinal micro flora in balance. Probiotics are beneficial strains of bacteria that maintain and restore the normal balance of micro flora (bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract. In other words, probiotics are the "good, friendly bacteria" that are used to combat the "bad, harmful bacteria" that have grown out of proportion due to numerous reasons.

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.  

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

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, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

 

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