Darla Rewers from Seattle, Washington, gives some sound advice on how to help pets with digestive issues:
- A sprinkle of culinary fennel added to the food can cure flatulence.
- A small amount of organic plain yogurt or canned pumpkin in food can help solidify loose stool.
- Probiotics, especially dog and cat specific Enterococcus species, and prebiotics that feed gut cells such as acacia fiber or pumpkin, also help stop diarrhea and heal irritated digestive tracts.
- Has anything new been introduced into the diet?
- Food or treat changes?
- Garbage grazing?
- Dog parks or kenneling? Hiking? Swimming?
- Known food sensitivities or other issues like itchy skin, ear infections, licking paws…?
- Any missing toys or chewed up stuff in house/yard?
If the pet is not distressed, take food away for 24 hours. Restrict water to for several hours. Then only offer water in small amounts at a time for the next 24 hours. Small meals of 2:1 cooked white rice: non- or low-fat (organic) cottage cheese in very tiny portions gently.
Darla also suggests:
- Ginger—jelly candy or dried culinary; mint, catnip--as tea or fresh herb; oat grass--fresh live plants preferred,as safe herbs in small amounts for nausea, vomiting, and car sickness.
- Intermittent vomiting or loose stool can be a symptom of adverse food reaction.
- If the pet is vomiting repeatedly, distressed or lethargic, then veterinary care is critical.
Post: At-home holistic pet tips for the digestive tract and vomiting
March 28, 2009
Darla Rewers is a licensed veterinarian, certified in vet acupuncture, herbology, tui na qi gong energetic massage with over seven years experience, trained in shamanic practice, reiki, and is an ordained minister and earth steward.