Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Digestive Disorders in Dogs and Cats

Digestive disorders in cats and dogs encompass a wide range of symptoms and diseases such as gas, diarrhea, vomiting, bad breath, bloat, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), colitis and many others. 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.

In general, pets with digestive disorders should eat a grain-free, hypoallergenic diet. A frozen raw, canned or modified homemade diet combining these options is best. Most dry kibble is highly processed and the beneficial enzymes, bacteria and nutrients your pet needs are lost. Dry kibble can be especially difficult for pets to digest.  While dry kibble is convenient for pet owners, there are much healthier options for pets to eat.  While Ask Ariel advocates raw frozen diets as a portion of a pet’s diet, some pets may have such sensitive digestive tracts that their bodies are not ready for it. Also, some pets may not initially like the taste. Thus, you may need to gradually introduce the raw food and use a homemade or freeze dried diet first.  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.

Holistic Supplements for Digestive Disorders in Dogs and Cats

 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Kit

 Bad Breath Kit

K9 Digestive Enzymes