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Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis

Herbal remedies to help reduce symptoms of diverticulitis 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.

Diverticulitis is a chronic disease that affects your animal’s large intestine.

Diverticulitis is a chronic medical condition that consists of the infection and the rupture of small pouches located in the dog’s large intestine. When the fecal matter cannot be eliminated, it stays in the colon causing sore spots, which develop into pockets.

Diverticular disease consists of three conditions that involve the development of small sacs or pockets in the wall of the colon, including diverticulosis, diverticular bleeding, and diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis causes pain and discomfort to your dog and cat. The level of pain varies in intensity and severity, occurring in the abdominal area and typically on the left side. The symptoms of diverticulitis are similar to colitis.

Untreated diverticulitis can cause serious medical conditions such as infections, bleeding, bowel perforations or intestinal blockage. It can also cause a fistula. A fistula develops when 2 separate damaged tissues stick together after getting into close contact.

Symptoms include:

Pain in the left side of the abdominal cavity

Cramps

Bloating

Spasms

Fever and chills

Diarrhea

Nausea and vomiting

Diverticulitis is generally associated with cramping and bloating and may create abdominal pain and spasms. Your pet will likely need to defecate frequently and stools may be watery and loose. Stools may also be bloody due to small blood vessels that rupture in the colon.  

The infection can cause fever and chills. Symptoms are similar to other disorders of the intestinal tract (colitis, bowel disease). It is important that you take your pet for a checkup and diagnosis.

Veterinarians believe that diverticulitis is probably caused by a diet that is low in fiber as well as constipation. An animal may also be genetically predisposed for developing this disease. If your dog or cat has had trouble defecating, feces could gather in the large bowel and cause infection and irritation.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as digestive tonics while soothing and supporting the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract, to relax symptoms of diverticulitis, to treat infection, 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.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

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 may help nutritionally tone the animal body, may help boost or balance immunity as needed, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system or boosting an under- performing immune system, may help build white blood count to help fight infection,may help reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; may help support water regulation and fluid balance in the body;may help reduce all types of inflammation, may help provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, may help reduce 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) capsulestincture,  powder may help promote healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; adjunctively and holistically to help address conditional needs of DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to help address conditional needs related to respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); may help inhibit bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; may help provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that may help block the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to help stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) may help support proper liver function and metabolism, bile production and flow, ma help rehabilitate the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, may help rehabilitate and detoxify the kidneys and liver; tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, including oxalate and struvite crystals and stones; reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi; helps to protect red blood cell formation, useful in diseases such as ehrlichia, ehrlichiosis.

Stix and Stones - (learn more) Stix and Stones may nutritionally help reduce urinary tract inflammation; may help support healthy kidney function and its natural plant adaptogen content may help identify the source of the urinary tract infection at a cellular level and nutritionally work to help restore balance in the bladder, kidneys and ureters; may help moderate cortisol and calcium levels in the blood; may help normalize pH levels toward balance (neither acidic or alkaline); may work to help limit all types of future urinary tract infections (UTI's) and stone formation and crystal formation by blocking their formation in the kidneys and bladder (i.e. calcium oxalate stones from acidic urine; struvite stones from alkaline urine); may help address and break up commonly occurring stone formation related to kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones, gravel, crystals and calculi; adaptogen content helps carry out reparative actions against cellular dysfunction that allows stones to form by helping to block unwanted material from entering kidney cells and supporting their safe elimination in the urinary tract; suitable for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Conventional Remedies:

Treatment for diverticulitis consists of dietary changes through the addition of fiber and limiting low quality grains (corn, wheat, soy) Wet, canned food (holistic, grain free) is usually recommended to aid digestion and limit colon irritation. Antibiotics may be recommended to fight infection. 

Your veterinarian may also recommend pain relief medication if the pain is severe. If the disease is more serious, surgery is necessary. The veterinarian will perform a resection of the part of the colon which is affected. There are also herbal remedies for diverticulitis. 

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