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Gastrointestinal Disease

Gastrointestinal Tract

Herbal remedies to help support the gastrointestinal tract 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.

Gastrointestinal disease can be minor or serious in nature. Dogs and cats are most commonly affected by dietary intolerance, due to toxicity acquired by inferior foods, ingestion of poisonous substances, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and stomach cancer. Diagnostic tests are required to rule out serious and dangerous conditions to your pet’s health. If you detect symptoms that alarm you or serious changes in pet behavior, contact your vet immediately.

Symptoms include:

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Weight loss

Bloody stools

Halitosis

Constipation

Loss of appetite

Abdominal enlargement

Pain and discomfort

Gastrointestinal Diseases:

Gastroenteritis

Inflammatory bowel disease

Food allergy

Stomach ulcers and tumors

Parasite infections

Intestinal blockage

Gastroenteritis

Gastrointestinal disease is characterized by inflammation of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Pets suffering from gastroenteritis exhibit symptoms of diarrhea, lack of appetite and vomiting. Gastroenteritis may develop due to various factors that include viral or bacterial infections, toxicity and pancreatitis.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

IBD occurs when inflammatory cells begin to attack the intestine, often causing chronic inflammation. Although the cause of IBD isn't established, pets suffer from the disease due to genetic predisposition and abnormal immune system response. The diagnosis is complex and involves biopsy of the intestine to differentiate IBD from stomach cancer.

Food Allergy

Food allergy is the body's reaction to certain ingredients present in the food. Dogs develop hypersensitivity to certain ingredients consumed over a period of time. The allergy is often accompanied by skin reactions, redness, inflammation and hives. The vet will use a trial and error method to eliminate potential allergens from the dog's diet.

Stomach Tumors

Stomach tumors may develop as growths or masses in the digestive tract. Most tumors are surgically extracted and subjected to biopsies to determine the type and grade of cancer present. Dogs also require chemotherapy and radiation therapy to slow disease progression.

Parasite Infections

Worms such as tapeworms, hookworms and heartworms attach themselves to the lining of the intestine and multiply. They feed on essential nutrients and blood once attached to the lining. In order to detect parasite infections, the vet will conduct a fecal exam.

Intestinal Blockage

This condition develops if foreign bodies get lodged in the intestinal tract. Tumors large enough to prevent digestion of food also cause intestinal blockage. This is an emergency situation that requires prompt surgical intervention to prevent death.

Herbal Remedies:

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.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, 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.

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.

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Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative), helps to safely remove stones from the body; treats urinary infections, for kidney and liver disease, tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health, reduces uric acid levels in urine, increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium oxalate, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet will perform a thorough physical examination, palpate the abdomen and perform blood, urine and fecal tests.

If the symptoms indicate abdominal tumors, a fine needle aspirate tests is administered.

The treatment varies by symptoms. Food intolerance can be treated with changes to diet.

Pets suffering from inflammation can utilize natural anti-inflammatory drugs. 

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