Digestive Disorders In Dogs And Cats
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Digestive Disorders in Dogs and Cats
Digestive disorders in cats and dogs encompass a wide range of symptoms and diseases Symptoms include: gas, diarrhea, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, bad breath, bloat, weight loss, and stomach noises (gurgling, burping, gagging). Conditions can range from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), colitis, hairballs, acid stomach and parasite infestations. Most pet digestive disorders occur because of the pet’s diet, food intolerances and/or stress. Many of the best selling, premium pet food brands contain grains and hidden fillers that can cause a variety of digestive problems and subsequently, a weakened immune system. Pets can also be allergic to some of the ingredients causing a great deal of inflammation.
If your pet shows signs of vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, pain, lethargy---please don’t hesitate to take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Your pet could have eaten something poisonous, have gastric bloat, or parasites. Gastric bloat for example can have minimal outward symptoms except that the pet just isn't "acting like himself" and is opening/closing the mouth and is often fatal if not treated within hours. The first step with any digestive symptoms is to get a diagnosis and then determine how best you can help your pet.
What does it mean if I see mucus in my pet's stool? Usually a small amount of mucus (slimy substance that is made to help lubricate and protect the colon) is not a major reason to be concerned, but if it is abundant and frequent it may also be a sign of a digestive system problem that needs to be resolved.
Unfortunately, digestive issues are often treated symptomatically using "prescription" diets and medications. These prescription diets typically contain byproducts, fillers and chemicals. While the diet may help short-term by reducing fat and adding fiber, giving your pet these ingredients can introduce other problems such as skin irritation, itching, and dull coat. Over the long term, they can exacerbate allergies and cause inflammation. Please see our detailed discussion about pet prescription diets.
In general, pets with digestive disorders should eat a grain-free, hypoallergenic diet. Most pet owners find that just by making some small modifications to the diet along with a powerful probiotic and digestive enzymes, their cat or dog's digestion quickly improves.
A multi-strain probiotic can benefit any pet, but especially those cats and dogs with a history of digestive problems. If your pet has taken antibiotics, they can destroy the "good" bacteria as well as the bad. Beneficial "good" bacteria are important for your pet's immune system because they maintain a healthy digestive tract. The good bacteria help promote normal peristalsis (the wave motion in the intestines) and control parasites and yeast. Ask Ariel’s Power Probiotic will restore the natural balance of intestinal flora. Digestive enzymes help pets break down the nutrients in the food, increasing absorption and firming up the stool. With age, your pet needs more digestive enzymes to break down nutrients and enhance absorption. Digestive enzymes are highly recommended for senior dogs especially.
At Ask Ariel, we have achieved consistently improved long-term results using a natural, holistic approach. Using Power Probiotic, one of Ask Ariel's Digestive Enzymes (e.g. Soothing Digestive Relief, Lypozyme for Pets, K9 Digestive Enzymes) and a diet avoiding potential allergens can provide significant long-term health benefits. If your pet has suffered with digestive problems for awhile, we highly recommend contacting us to get them resolved once and for all.
Symptoms of Digestive Disorders in Dogs and Cats
The following signs can be symptoms of digestive disorders. Be sure to check with your veterinarian if your pet is displaying these symptoms:
Common Pet Digestive Disorders
IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) are characterized by an abnormal accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lining of the intestine. This can result in gas, mucus and bloody stool. Pets with IBD and IBS frequently experience diarrhea, vomiting and gurgling tummies. These conditions are commonly caused by food intolerances or stress.
Acid Reflux and Heartburn are quite common in pets. The symptoms can be subtle, like not always wanting to eat or rushing to eat grass and vomiting afterward. Acid reflux is uncomfortable and cats and dogs will make gulping noises or have gurgling stomachs. Acid reflux and heartburn are typically a result of poor digestion or food allergies.
Colitis is an inflammation or irritation of the colon or large intestine. It commonly causes gooey diarrhea featuring mucus, fresh blood, or both. It is often accompanied by cramping, gas, and an urgency to defecate. Eating too many treats or raiding the trash can cause colitis or it may be stress induced. A pet can quickly become very weak and dehydrated from bloody stools.
Hairballs in Cats are a result of grooming and swallowing hair. The hair can accumulate in the stomach and your kitty will retch and hack until they vomit the hairball. Cats that have intestinal motility or digestive problems tend to have a more difficult time with hairballs. By improving digestive problems, most of the hair should pass through the digestive system.
Parasite Infestations can cause inflammation in the intestinal lining and subsequent weakening of the immune system. The parasites will literally eat your pet's food and nutrients. Parasites can be transmitted by water or fecal ingestion. They are highly contagious and will require antiparasitic medications from your veterinarian. The medications will kill the parasites, but there may be long term impacts on your pet's immune system, digestive system and bowel function.
Natural Remedies for Cat And Dog Diarrhea & Vomiting
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit The IBD Kit includes 3 unique supplements specially designed for cats and small dogs to calm and soothe the digestive tract, firm up stool, relieve tummy rumbling and reduce gas, mucus and bloody stool. The Kit includes Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief and NotaSAN Anti-Inflammatory Drops--products that have been recommended by veterinarians since 2005. Ideal for pets with IBD and IBS as they are gentle, easy to use and all-natural. No Fillers!
Power Probiotic Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful, multi-strain formula repopulates the good, friendly bacteria your pet’s digestive system needs. It can help improve your pet's appetite by easing the pain of stomach acid. Power Probiotic has many benefits such as improved immune function, enhanced digestion, and better stool formation. Many pets love the taste of the Power Probiotic!
K9 Digestive Enzymes Helps to maintain normal digestive function. Contains pancreatin and oxbile for increased absorption of proteins and fats. An adequate level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) is essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. It activates the digestive enzymes that break down foods. An optimal level of stomach acid can keep the digestive system free of bacteria, yeast and parasites.