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IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Herbal treatments for chronic IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome) and to help prevent symptoms of digestive disorders.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the excretory, digestive and immune systems, the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and the endocrine system for its effects on the adrenal and thyroid glands.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common condition in both cats and dogs. IBS simply refers to a group of gastro-intestinal disorders that causes irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and can occur in the large intestine (colitis), the small intestine (enteritis), or the stomach (gastritis).

This results in a number of digestive upsets including abdominal pain, constipation, chronic diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, bloating, and flatulence. In some cases, pets start to lose their appetite and weight-loss can result.

As with human irritable bowel syndrome, the cause of IBS in pets is not fully understood. There do however seem to be a number of contributing factors which seem to exacerbate the condition.

Gastritis may occur as a result of the following and these include:

Poor diet

Food allergies

Stress

Overuse of antibiotics

Viral infections

Bacterial infections

Parasites

Eating spoiled food

Eating too fast or too much

Vigorous exercise or exercising too soon after a meal

Swallowing foreign objects or toxic chemicals such as household detergents, pesticides or fertilizer

Sudden diet changes

Intolerance to certain foods such as lactose

Anxiety, nervousness or excitement

Ingesting medications

If your pet displays signs of IBS then consulting a veterinary is necessary. While IBS is seldom life threatening, it is important to rule out other serious conditions and to help manage your pet’s unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies function as digestive tonics while soothing and supporting the stomach lining, esophagus and entire digestive tract, to address symptoms of colitis, enteritis and gastritis, 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.

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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.

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The first thing to consider if your pet has IBS is the diet they are currently eating. Many pets have intolerance to certain ingredients in their food and you may need to experiment with a variety of diets before finding one that suits your pet’s needs. Opt for high quality, balanced diets filled with unprocessed foods.

When we think of our pet’s diets, we often don’t factor in the treats, table scraps and human foods they so often eat. Avoid feeding your pet human food where possible and eliminate all treats and table scraps until you have the IBS under control. Among the things that have been frequently known to trigger IBS in pets include diets high in fats, spicy foods, processed foods, dairy products, preservatives and sugar.

Some pets are sensitive to the chemicals and heavy metals so often found in tap water. Try to substitute the tap water in your pet’s drinking bowel for filtered or bottled water.

Parasites are a common trigger for IBS, especially in young pets. Make sure you treat your pet for parasites if you think this to be a possible cause. Pets should be de-wormed every 3 – 6 months

Help your pet to de-stress as stress is a common cause of IBS. Pets often pick up on our stress and so the first step in reducing your pet’s stress is to manage your own. Anxious and shy pets are also extremely sensitive to change and may need a few extra measures to help calm them.

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Love Your Liver - (learn more)promotes theperformance, 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.

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Conventional Remedies:

Gastritis is based on the symptoms presented as well as a physical examination. Certain tests such as blood tests, urine samples, feces analysis, and x-rays may be taken to determine the cause of gastritis. Sometimes additional testing which includes an abdominal ultrasound, radiograph or endoscopy may also be performed.

Depending on the cause of gastritis your vet may prescribe various medications. If your pet has been vomiting for more than 24 hours, he will most likely be dehydrated and require fluids to rehydrate his body. Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics, pain relievers and anti-emetics to relieve fever, vomiting and nausea.

Dogs and cats with acute gastritis may be given antacids such as Tagamet or stomach-soothing medications such as Pepto-Bismol. Your vet will also recommend that food and water be withheld for a certain period of time, followed by a bland diet like rice and chicken. In cases of chronic gastritis, your pet may require a change in diet permanently.

 

 

 

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