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Mouth UlcersPet supplements for pet ulcers in dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to help prevent and treat 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.

Signs of an ulcer include:

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.

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

Herbal Remedies:

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

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.

The Daily Paws  (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces 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), 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; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. 

Other suggestions:

Try feeding your pet smaller meals more frequently. This helps to balance out 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.

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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