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Duodenal ulcers



Duodenal ulcers

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of duodenal ulcers 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, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms 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.

Ulcers can appear anywhere in the mouth, esophagus, stomach and intestines. Ulcers are caused by a myriad of reasons including infection, corticosteroids, medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) such as aspirin or ibuprofen, chemotherapy drugs, metabolic abnormalities (kidney disease), endocrine abnormalities (Addison’s disease), hypersensitivity reactions or stress. Dogs are even more susceptible than people to the ulcer-producing effects of synthetic drugs.

Ulcers also result from excessive vomiting, chronic gastritis, swallowing caustic or chemical substances and toxins, general anesthesia, mast cell tumors, a hiatal hernia, cancer of the esophagus and other forms of cancer, or reflux of gastric or intestinal juices.

Gastro duodenal ulcers refer to ulcers found in the cat's stomach and/or duodenum, the first section of the small intestine. These ulcers often develop because the mucosal lining of the stomach or intestinal lumen (which comes in direct contact with food and is responsible for nutrient absorption) is exposed.

Stomach ulcers are more common and develop as a lesion in the soft tissue lining of the stomach. Ulcers occur when the mucous lining of the stomach is compromised and harsh stomach acids start to corrode the actual stomach tissue.

While stomach ulcers can develop in cats, the condition is far more common in dogs. One of the leading causes of stomach ulcers in pets who suffer from chronic arthritis is due to the use of pharmaceutical medications, particularly anti-inflammatory drugs, and the effects these drugs have on the stomach lining.

If your pet is showing any of the following symptoms, see your vet immediately:

Vomiting (often with blood)

Abdominal pain (pet may resist being touched in stomach region)

Gulping (persistently)

Coughing

Regurgitation

Swallowing difficulty

Lack or loss of appetite

Weakness

Lack of energy

Listlessness

Blood in vomit

Blood in stool (usually recognized by black tar-like stools)

Salivation

Anemia

Black, tarry stools

Severe cases can cause collapse, pale gums, shock and perforation of the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Because ulcers are painful for your pet, if you suspect this problem, please see your vet.

Helpful suggestions: 

Try feeding your pet smaller meals more frequently, which may help balance digestive juices and reduce the chances of acid build up.

Avoid repeated use of harsh pharmaceutical medications. While anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids and pain killers may provide great symptomatic relief, they also have a number of unwanted side-effects including stomach ulcers and a negative impact on your pet’s immune system. Rather treat your pet naturally and holistically and address the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

If your pet does require prescription medications that are harsh on the stomach, then make sure you give it some food at the same time. The food in the stomach will act as a buffer to the harsh chemicals.

Help reduce the stress in your pet’s life. While stomach ulcers are more commonly triggered by stress in humans than in pets, stress can be a problem for an overly anxious pet, especially during times of change or upheaval.

If your pet has a stomach ulcer, then regular grooming is recommended. This will reduce the discomfort of fur in the stomach and potential fur balls.

Provide you dog with play toys. Some ulcers are caused by injury when your dog swallows something it’s been playfully chewing on. Keep potentially dangerous objects away for your pets and keep them entertained with a collection of safe chewy toys instead.

Do not give into those soulful puppy-dog eyes at the dinner table. The spices and seasoning in many human foods can irritate the lining of your pet’s stomach. Many pets beg because they feel they are missing out while the rest of the family is eating. Give your pet a healthy pet treat at meal times if this is the case.

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

Herbal remedies have proven to be highly effective in supporting the digestive system, to help nutitionally address episodes of esophagitis, to help soothe stomach bloat, inflammation in the stomach lining and entire digestive tract, and to help promote digestive & gastrointestinal system health in cats & dogs, for its anti-inflammatory support, to help rebuild and strengthen the stomach wall and to help soothe painful and inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive system.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes 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 and nerves; as a neurasthenic for nerve pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous, antiviral, neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); 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; 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, 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); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gum.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) is 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 steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders; helps promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; 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.

 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces 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.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) contains plant based adaptogens, 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; 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.

Conventional Remedies:

Your veterinarian will give your pet a thorough physical examination and run some additional tests in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Blood tests, urine analysis, an ultra-sound or an x-ray will all help to determine if the symptoms are caused by an ulcer or some other gastro intestinal complication. The most accurate method of diagnosing an ulcer is an endoscopy which allows your vet to take a look inside your pet’s stomach.

The first step in treatment is to determine what caused the ulcer in the first place and try eliminating or treating the underlying problem. In addition, your veterinarian will probably prescribe medication aimed at reducing stomach acid and promoting the healing of the stomach tissue. This anti-ulcer medication will probably be prescribed for a course of 6-8 weeks.

 

 

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