Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lymphangiectasia Treatment in Dogs

Lymphangiectasia is a disease when the lymphatic vessels in the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, small intestines, and large intestines) dilate and become inflamed.  This can result in the loss of protein through the intestines. It is common to be grouped with other diseases associated with malabsorption such as protein losing enteropathies (PLE). The lymphatic vessels help absorb fats from food. When the vessels are dilated and under pressure, they can rupture and the lymph, cells, fats, and proteins inside them will be lost. Often dogs with lymphangiectasia will also be diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD).  It is not clear if one occurs before the other or that both are a result of the same disease process. The disease usually appears in middle age dogs, but of course can be seen in older or younger dogs.  Certain breeds that may be more predisposed to lymphangiectasia are  yorkies, soft-coated wheaten terrier, basenji, shar-peis, and rottweilers.   

Your pet might experience the following symptoms:  vomiting, chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, fluid accumulation in the abdomen, excessive gas and difficulty breathing due to fluid buildup in the chest.   Pets with lymphangiectasia may also have been diagnosed with PLE as the symptoms can be similar.  The protocol that has worked successfully to help these pets from a holistic perspective is to reduce the inflammation in the pet's intestinal tract along with using supplements that support digestive health.  Typically pets that develop these conditions, have severe food allergies so it is important to learn about the foods such as poultry which might have set off the condition in the first place.  Ask Ariel details the foods to avoid in the attached link. 

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 improves digestion, reduces malabsorption and many have reported improvement in the fluid accumulation.  The Lypozyme and PowerProbiotic 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, Roqueforti and Quentans used in combination will help to heal the intestinal lining.  Pets with PLE often have an acid stomach, which also makes them not want to eat, so using Gastro ULC will help.