Natural Treatment for Cat and Dog Diarrhea
Natural treatment for cat and dog diarrhea include probiotics, glutamine, digestive enzymes and herbs like slippery elm. These ingredients help to firm runny or soft stools, heal the intestinal tract and support healthy bowel function in dogs and cats.
Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats
Diarrhea is a common condition in dogs and cats but one with a variety of causes, including worms, bacteria, viruses, food allergies, toxic food, bone fragments or indigestible materials.
The pet's body responds to these irritants by flushing them out of the system through increased bowel contractions The quick movement of the intestine’s contents prevents the colon from absorbing much water and so the bowel movement contains a greater amount of water.
In most cases, the diarrhea can be traced to indiscreet eating habits – eating from a tipped garbage can or ingesting spoiled foods or nonfood items – and treatment is relatively easy.
When chronic diarrhea develops, it may indicate a more serious condition and an examination of the animal’s stool by a veterinarian is recommended.
Natural Treatments for Dog or Cat Diarrhea
A 24-hour fast or liquid-only diet is necessary to give the digestive tract time to flush itself out and begin healing from the occurance of cat or dog diarrhea. Encourage your pet to drink plenty of water during this time, to prevent dehydration. Broth made from vegetables, rice, and some meat or a bone may be introduced within a day to replace the water, sodium and potassium sometimes lost during bouts of diarrhea.
In addition to a fast and bland diet, nutritional supplements containing nutrients such as probiotics, amino acids and herbs can help replenish beneficial bacteria and soothe the lining of your pet's intestinal tract.
The following vitamins, herbs or other
nutrients provide beneficial support to the digestive system:
- L-Glutamine - L-Glutamine is an amino acid which serves as a source of fuel for cells lining the intestinal tract. It is often recommended for pets with diarrhea and chronic inflammatory bowel disorders.
- Slippery Elm - An herb that contains mucilage which provides
soothing protection for the mucus membranes of the gastrointestinal
tract. Slippery elm neutralizes stomach acids and soothes inflammation.
- Saccharomyces boulardi - a beneficial
yeast that is classified as a probiotic. In numerous clinical studies, this probiotic was found to significantly reduce the symptoms and frequency of diarrhea related to colitis, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome as well as antiobiotic-associated diarrhea.
- N-acetyl-glucosamine - Helps heal the inflamed
bowel lining by supporting glycoprotein synthesis. N-Acetyl Glucosamine supports the integrity of the mucosal lining and has been used to treat IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease. N-Acetyl glucosamine is derived from the outer shells of shellfish. Pets (and people) with shellfish allergies are allergic to the meat of shellfish, not the shell and so N-Acetyl Glucosamine does not usually cause an allergic reaction.
- Lactobacillus sporogenes - A probiotic
that has been shown to help treat diarhea caused by bacterial
- DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) -
supports the healing process in the intestinal lining by increasing
blood flow and reducing muscle spasms.
- Digestive Enzymes - Enzymes are often lacking in commercial pet foods yet they are essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Natural Treatments for Cat and Dog Diarrhea:
Fast Balance GI
Complete Probiotics for Pets
NaturVet Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics
Vetri-Probiotic Everyday for Dogs
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
General Digestive Disorders
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