Thursday, December 10, 2009

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) In Cats


If your cat has been diagnosed with feline inflammatory bowel disease or IBD, this is a term that describes a variety of gastrointestinal disorders which can occur in the small or large intestine or stomach. While the diagnoses is characterized by inflammation of the mucosal lining in the digestive tract, pet owners may simply observe symptoms such as weight loss, vomiting,  lack of appetite or diarrhea. Some cats can have the opposite effect of severe constipation.

It is essential to use the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs to help make your kitty feel better. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs helps repair your kitty's intestinal lining, increases absorption and helps your kitty feel better again.

What can be frustrating to pet owners is that their cat may have eaten a variety of foods for many years and now with age, the cat is displaying this intestinal discomfort. For some cats, the symptoms appear when they are young kittens but many times, it appears in older cats. Sometimes the symptoms can be a sign of another health disorder such as pancreatitis, kidney disease, intestinal lymphoma, for example, so it is very important to see your veterinarian right away if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. Please don't just disregard it as simple pickiness or hairballs, there could be an underlying serious problem.

Cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease can often respond well to dietary changes. I have spoken with many cat owners who for years were feeding lower quality (albeit popular name--well advertised) commercial brands that unfortunately were fooled by the great "healthy" advertising. Who hasn't seen some of those great commercials of beautiful kitties eating out of a crystal dish? Unfortunately, many companies that advertise so well often have some of the worst ingredients.

What are the culprits that can contribute to your cat's inflammatory bowel disease? Well...years of eating foods that contain grains such as wheat, corn, rice, etc as well as lower quality meat proteins containing hormones and antibiotics can do it. Why was wheat gluten added to many cat foods in the first place? The purpose was to fool you as the consumer that your kitty was getting more protein. Look for grain-free foods and even consider giving your kitty the benefits of a raw food diet.

The best supplements that will help your kitty heal from IBD can be found in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit For Cats and Dogs. It is best to get the entire kit, but at a minimum, try Power Probiotic--we have never had a cat that wouldn't eat this on their food. It is pretty much tasteless and will help rebalance the flora in your kitty's intestinal tract. Also, for diarrhea, Soothing Digestive Relief will really help firm up your cat's stool. Colostrum for Pets and the Notatum/Roqueforti drops combination will help to bring about long-term healing of your cat's intestinal lining. For best results, you may want to consider a telephone consultation with our pet nutritionist, Susan Davis, to be sure you are using the correct supplements and using the best diet program for your particular cat's symptoms.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Head Tremors--Holistic Pet Care Helped!


Pictured above is my boy Bleu, a 6 year old Siberian husky who is full of energy. Today is the 3 month anniversary of Bleu's last head tremor which is truly amazing and a testimonial to the power of holistic pet care!!! A canine head tremor is very frightening to witness, especially the first time. It is very common in certain breeds such as Doberman Pinschers and Bulldogs but can occur in any breed. Essentially, the dog has involuntary bobbing of his head and it shakes uncontrollably--very upsetting for the dog and owner.

It is essential to use K9 Digestive Enzymes for your pet to make him or her feel better. K9 Digestive Enzymes are critical for the proper absorption of nutrients and for maintaining pet health.

In June, during a busy time of year, Bleu walked over to me after a long day and his head was bobbing. At first, I thought he was just anxious or nervous. But as the head tremor continued, I quickly realized he had no control--his head would not stop bobbing. He looked just like one of those bobbing dog toys. What was also odd was that he was completely conscious, looking straight at me and yet it was as though his head had a mind of its own. It went away, to my relief after a few minutes and I thought it was just all the stress--after all, we just had a slab leak following a houseful of guests for my stepdaughter's graduation.

Three weeks later, it happened again. This time, no stress in the household. Then, the intervals started getting shorter. I researched online, had lots of tests done--nothing. I found out that this involuntary head tremor might be somehow related to either abnormal calcium fluctuations or low blood sugar--both conditions that can give a dog or person "the shakes" or tremors. In my initial attempts to control the situation, we saw a slight improvement in that the tremors, which had been coming more frequently were stabilizing, but they were still coming. However, as time progressed and I stuck religiously to his supplement and diet regimen, the tremors stopped. We did not use medication (there is no medication for this) but consistently using calcium, parathyroid support, a hypoallergenic diet and K9 Digestive Enzymes.  When one night I didn't give him his K9 Digestive Enzymes,  he had a tremor the next morning. What this told me was that consistency was everything. This is the same with treating pets that have diabetes or epilepsy--timing and consistency in giving food and supplements is critical.

It also shows that even when there is no hope, there are answers in holistic veterinary care that might not occur with conventional veterinary care. My understanding is that many pet owners who have pets with this condition have spent thousands of dollars on testing and just like in our case, the tests find nothing. What I can say in Bleu's case, is that the results speak for themselves. If anyone you know ever encounters this head tremors or head bobbing or even other neurological conditions such as epilepsy, please encourage them to schedule a telephone appointment with the nutritionist, Susan Davis.  I will be happy to help.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dog Scratching, Itching and Chewing

Is your dog scratchng and itching? Is your dog's coat dry? Our Dog Skin Package can really help and is on sale now. When dogs are scratching and itching, most owners immediately assume it is from fleas. It is important to bring your dog to the veterinarian for an exam to ensure it is not fleas or parasites which can definitely cause itching. However, once these have been ruled out, many times the issue is food allergies and poor digestion from the diet. Many dry foods such as dry kibble contain grains such as wheat, corn and rice which can cause dogs to scratch and itch. Even hypoallergenic diets can contain too many carbohydrates which can lead to yeast overgrowth and your dog continually scratching and itching.
Moreover, even if you are using a premium raw food diet, dogs may scratch from environmental allergies too. The first line of defense is a powerful Omega 3 fish oil. Amazing Omegas is highly purified, potent and backed by research. Within just a few days, dogs will start to have a lustrous sheen to the fur and new hair will start growing in. This omega oil is really special and the results are dramatic. The Notatum helps to reduce inflammation and infection and the Proaller helps reduce scratching, itching and endless chewing in dogs. Many pet owners report that they are finally able to get a good nights sleep after using this terrific combination as their dog can finally rest and stop endless scratching, itching and chewing.
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