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Ulcerative Colitis in Dogs / Ulcerative Colitis in Cats

Ulcerative Colitis

Herbal treatments to help address symptoms of colitis and ulcerative colitis 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 the adrenals, which are part of the endocrine system.

Digestive dysfunction can result in abdominal cramping and pain in animals. Like humans, abdominal discomfort may be caused by an accumulation of gas in the abdomen and can be extremely painful.  Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds may be affected by abdominal pain, although some breeds are likely at greater risk than others.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition of the large intestine. It is most often associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder in which histiocytes, a type of cell responsible for causing inflammation in the body, penetrate the walls of your pet’s intestines.

Ulcerative colitis occurs most often in puppies less than one year of age. Dogs and cats with ulcerative colitis move their bowels more frequently, though they still pass the same amount of stool. They may strain to move their bowels, and their stool may contain blood or mucous.

Your pet could experience chronic stomach and abdominal pain as a result of ulcerative colitis. Your dog or cat could spit up blood or bleed rectally. In severe cases, your dog could experience internal bleeding on a life threatening level. Ulcerative colitis primarily occurs in breeds like the boxer or the French bulldog.

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

Increased passing of stools while volume of stools remain the same 

Strained defecation

Blood in stools

Mucus in stools

Increased "accidents"

Frequent vomiting

Lethargy

Loss of appetite

Weight loss 

Diarrhea

Hemorrhoids may present

Other suggestions:

Animals need to follow a healthy diet, with the correct amount of fiber and roughage. Too little roughage will lead to loose stools (diarrhea) while stools that have too much fiber will be hard to pass and lead to constipation. Regular bowel movements are critical to the health of your pet. If your pet is struggling to pass stools or has loose, runny stools, you should consult with your vet about possible bowel problems. If your pet passes excessive amounts of gas, this may also indicate a bowel problem.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used to address conditional needs of colitis and works to help prevent future occurrence, to help promote healthy digestion and healthy bowel movements for your pets, to help act as a natural system cleanser, to help reduce colic and symptoms of colic, to help relieve symptoms of acute colic, stomach cramps and gas, to help optimize digestion, to help calm gastro-intestinal disturbances and for all forms of digestive complaints.

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Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroids, prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber, digestive enzymes and a plant based steroid, used holistically to help address digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome, ulcers and ulcerative colitis; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically 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.

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) contains prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber and digestive enzymes and more, 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.

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 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; 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.

Conventional Remedies:

If your animals show signs of signs of ulcerative colitis, then you should call your local veterinarian. Colitis is a serious condition and it can cause repeated bouts of colic which can be incredibly painful and dangerous.

Your vet will take a thorough history and will check for the presence of thickened bowel or enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes on rectal palpation. Blood tests may also be necessary to determine low serum protein concentration which is often a symptom of colitis. In some cases as intestinal or rectal biopsy may also be advised.

Treatment for ulcerative colitis can be difficult. Your dog or cat will need to be fed a strict diet free of additives and preservatives. His diet will need to contain lots of protein and fiber. Many owners make food at home for their dogs with ulcerative colitis; ask for your vet's advice before attempting to make your own dog food.

Your dog or cat may be prescribed an anti-inflammatory drugs to help control the inflammation in his intestines. Corticosteroids like prednisone are popular in the treatment of ulcerative colitis in dogs. Immuno suppressants can also help to reduce your dog's symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

If your pet has loose stool, your vet may prescribe a medication to help ‘bulk up’ their fecal matter. Similarly your vet may prescribe a stool softener to help loosen hard, firm stools that may be backing up in the bowel.

Keep in mind that all of these medications may come with other side effects. In addition to medications, your vet may also suggest a change in diet and feeding routine. Frequent feeding of good-quality, high-energy feeds have been shown to help. Surgery may be an option in cases where only a small accessible portion of the intestine is affected.

The most important part of managing your pet’s ulcerative colitis is to follow strict dietary guidelines. Feed your dog only what the vet recommends. Don't give him table scraps or unapproved treats, as these can make his symptoms worse.

Feed your dog at regular, structured times to help avoid stress associated with irregular feeding schedules. Adhering to a feeding schedule also means that your dog will always be able to eat at a normal rate, since eating too fast due to excessive hunger can aggravate his symptoms.

 

 

 

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