Saturday, January 10, 2015

Yorkie Has PLE - Holistic Treatments Can Help

Q:   I have a 5 year old Yorkie, Teddy who was diagnosed with PLE  (Protein-Losing Enteropathy) a few weeks ago. After visiting 2 different veterinarians, he is on a prescription diet, and prednisolone. I'm so worried, as he doesn't like the prescription food and often acts like he has a stomach ache and won't eat. Is there a homemade diet and/or supplement or both I could give him?  Thanks so much for your advice.  Monica

Dear Monica: So sorry to hear about Teddy.  We have worked with many yorkies that have PLE. Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE) is when excessive protein is lost from the gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to health concerns for your pet, such as digestive disease, malabsorption, lymphatic diseases, and even congestive heart failure. It is great that you are being proactive! To help Teddy, you need to start with a basic protocol to reduce inflammation and support his digestive health.

What many pet owners don't realize is that there are a lot of foods that can cause a cascade of inflammation which can lead to PLE.  Reducing the inflammation in your pet's intestinal tract can only help.  It's important to avoid highly allergenic foods such as poultry and feed your pet a fresh wholesome diet without grains, dairy and other inflammatory foods.  Since your dog is not digesting and absorbing the food he is eating, you need to use supplements to 1) improve digestion 2) support the liver and reduce fluid build up 3) relieve discomfort.

The Liver Support Kit is the first line of defense.There are three simple formulas that improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.   This combination just seems to help yorkies feel a lot more comfortable.  The Lypozyme and Power Probiotic help restore normal bacteria and increase absorption of nutrients, especially protein.  The Liver/Gallbladder support reduces ascites (fluid build up) in the abdomen and also improves digestion. Also, Colostrum for Pets and NotaSAN will help to heal the intestinal lining and improve absorption.  Pets with PLE often have an acid stomach, which also makes them not want to eat, using Gastro ULC will help.

Diet is a huge issue. Most of the time (at least in the cases of PLE) we see that the pets are not eating the right diet.  A special diet is needed, and if you include your pet's current diet on the order form Ask Ariel will provide a diet suggestion with the packing slip. 
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