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Natural Remedies for Digestive Disorders in Dogs & Cats



Cats and dogs can have digestive symptoms such as acid stomach, gas, vomiting, diarrhea and mucous in the stool. These conditions can be pretty uncomfortable for your pet. Generally, a pet can get quick, natural relief with diet changes and a few natural supplements. Click below to see our natural cat and dog digestive treatments.

Digestive disorders in cats and dogs encompass a wide range of symptoms and diseases. Most pet digestive disorders occur because of the pet’s diet. Just because a brand is considered premium or organic, doesn’t mean it is right for your pet. Many of the best selling, premium 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. Please see our detailed discussion about pet prescription diets.

For cats and dogs, the majority of the immune system is located within the digestive tract. A proper ratio of good-to-bad bacteria is essential to insure their immune system is working properly. If the good bacteria balance is upset, it can result in a multitude of digestive disorders, which if left untreated, could lead to gum & dental disease, pancreatitis, gastric bloat and even cancer.

Sometimes the signs are very subtle--your pet may skip a meal; not want to eat in the morning or become extremely picky. It is important to pay attention to the small digestive signs as they can be indicative of a bigger problem. Sometimes pets with acid stomach, for example, may actually have a kidney or liver problem. Be sure to take your pet in to the veterinarian for laboratory testing and a complete exam when any digestive symptoms are present.


Symptoms of Digestive Disorders in Dogs & Cats

The following signs can be symptoms of digestive disorders such as acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pancreatitis and malabsorption disorders (PLE and EPI). Be sure to check with your veterinarian if your pet is displaying these symptoms:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Gas

  • Mucus or blood in the stool

  • Acid stomach

  • Bad breath

  • Inappetance

  • Loud, digestive noises (tummy rumbling or gurgling)

  • Weight loss

  • Lethargy

  • Excessive grass eating

  • Hunching over after eating

  • Licking or smacking of the lips

  • Restlessness or pacing after eating

Listed below are common digestive disorders and symptoms that can affect dogs and cats. If you scroll down, you can click on these natural pet supplements and view testimonials from real pet owners whose pets have experienced relief from vomiting, diarrhea, acid reflux and other digestive disorders. Ask Ariel's natural remedies have been recommended by veterinarians since 2005. You can give your pet fast relief from digestive discomfort and help your cat or dog have a happy, active lifestyle again!


Common Digestive Disorders in Dogs & Cats

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.
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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. One of the biggest causes of digestive problems in cats is their diet. Dry food, for example, is high in carbohydrates. Cats are carnivores and not big water drinkers, so they should eat a high protein, high moisture diet. Cats frequently have food intolerances and allergies to ingredients such as dairy and fish, so feeding a low carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet can help with overall digestion and managing vomiting from hairballs. Adding Power Probiotic can also help to improve your cat's digestion. Adding a small amount of canned pumpkin or mashed sweet potatoes to your cat's food can add fiber, which is important to help keep the hair moving through the intestinal tract. Brushing your kitty a few times a week will help to remove loose hair and improve their skin and coat.

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 Common Digestive Symptoms


If your pet is having digestive problems, please seek out the advice of your veterinarian. The supplements listed below are generally helpful for the symptoms described. The first step in helping your dog or cat overcome digestive discomfort is to get a proper diagnosis from your veterinarian.


Symptoms: Gulping Noises, Grass Eating, Nausea

If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with heartburn, indigestion or GERD, it can be very uncomfortable for your pet. The following home remedies can help provide fast relief from the symptoms of acid stomach:

Gastro ULC
Power Probiotic
Soothing Digestive Relief
LypoZyme For Pets
K9 Digestive Enzymes


Symptoms: Diarrhea, Loose Stool, Bloody Stool, Mucus

Dogs
and cats with chronic diarrhea, bouts of loose stool, bloody stool or mucus are often diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Food intolerances are often a culprit. The following cat and dog diarrhea remedies help to firm up stool and calm the digestive tract:

IBD Kit
Power Probiotic
K9 Digestive Enzymes
Soothing Digestive Relief
Gastro ULC
Colostrum for Pets


Symptom: Vomiting

It is quite common for pets to vomit on occasion. A simple cause could be gobbling up food too quickly. However, if your pet is having regular bouts of vomiting, there are a variety of causes ranging from liver or kidney disease, acid stomach or pancreatitis. Pets can become dehydrated quickly so it is very important to see your veterinarian right away. The following supplements can coat the stomach, reducing acid and discomfort, helping to reduce or prevent vomiting:

Power Probiotic
Gastro ULC
Colostrum for Pets
Soothing Digestive Relief


Symptom: Eating Non-food Items

Pica is when your dog or cat eats items like rocks, paper, fabric, dirt or plastic. Pica can be behavioral or physical. Pets with behavioral pica eat non-food items out of boredom, stress or play (like eating their owner's socks). Physical pica can be due to digestive disorders, anemia or hormonal imbalances. It's essential to work with your vet to find the cause. The following supplements can help to ease tummy discomfort & promote a healthy digestive tract for physical pica and/or provide calming for the stresses related to behavioral pica:

Power Probiotic
PSY-stabil


Symptom: Hairballs

Hairballs
occur when motility problems prevent the hair from moving through the digestive tract as it should. Improving your cat's digestive health will reduce problems with hairballs. The following supplements can help to improve motility and reduce hairballs:

Amazing Omegas for Pets
Power Probiotic
Soothing Digestive Relief


Symptoms: Pancreatitis (Swollen abdomen, diarrhea, vomiting and arching of the back)

Acute pancreatitis can be fatal so if you see your pet displaying these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian immediately. For pets diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, symptoms can be well managed by feeding a reduced fat, anti-inflammatory diet and by adding digestive enzymes and probiotics for pancreatitis. These pancreatic enzymes and probiotics for pets reduce the load on the pancreas, optimize digestion and help pets feel better:

LypoZyme For Pets
Power Probiotic
Liver & Gallbladder Natural Supplement
K9 Digestive Enzymes


Symptoms: Weight Loss, Malabsorption, Diarrhea

Malabsorption disorders such as Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency and Protein Losing Enteropathy can be hard to diagnose. Due to chronic diarrhea and digestive upset, many times these dogs are initially diagnosed with IBD. Malabsoption disorders occur when dogs do not break down fats and proteins, resulting in nutrient waste and weight loss in the pet. Many foods can cause intestinal inflammation and by eliminating these foods and adding digestive supplements, you can help your dog to relieve their stomach upset and better absorb the nutrients from their food:

Power Probiotic
LypoZyme For Pets
Liver Support Kit
Colostrum for Pets
Gastro ULC
K9 Digestive Enzymes
Immune Harmony
Soothing Digestive Relief
Diet for Dogs and Cats With Digestive Disorders

Many times, pets with digestive disorders are eating foods with ingredients that cause intestinal inflammation or that the pet has an intolerance to. Digestive issues are often treated by 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 article 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 changes to the diet along with adding a powerful probiotic and digestive enzymes, their cat or dog's digestion quickly improves. Ask Ariel's Pet Nutritionist offered holistic consultations in conjunction with veterinarians at VCA hospitals for over 10 years. Her diet and supplement protocol for dogs and cats with digestive disorders has been recommended by veterinarians nationwide. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food and treats you are feeding your pet along with any health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet tips for your dog or cat's digestive issues on the packing slip that comes with your order.




Misha

“My 5.5 month old kitten, Misha, was in serious condition with hemorrhaging from her colon. Her veterinarian and I had exhausted all possibilities. I followed the dietary recommendations, used the supplements and within 24 hours, Misha’s bleeding stopped. You wrote a personal note of directions and support along with the products I ordered from you. I was impressed by what you did, Susan. And I thank you. You did so much more. The service you provide is essential. It’s a gift. I would recommend you to anyone, and have.” - Marg, Northern California


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