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Pets and IBS

on September 8, 2011
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IBS is a disorder that involves the large intestines. Pets will have intermittent loose stools for no obvious reason. Unformed loose stools are usually related to inflammation of the large bowel, decreased bowel movements, low quality food and stress related conditions. Conventional veterinarians attempt to control the IBS with diet modification, motility treatment, controlling inflammation and infections and utilizing anti-vomiting medications. High fiber supplements like pumpkin or psyllium are also used in attempting to firm the stool.
Holistic medicine attempts to treat the underyling cause of the symptom while also providing support to the stomach and intestines. This involves reducing infection and inflammation and soothing the emotions of the pet.

Glutamine is a supplement that helps improve the immune function of the intestines. Probiotics are also used and improve the digestive process by secreting their own enzymes. Herbal therapy can include ‘Atractylodes’ which treats both diarrhea and constipation (depending on which dose is given). ‘Coptis’ acts as a broad-spectrum antibiotic and works in combination with other herbs to decrease the bad bacteria in the gut. ‘Dry ginger’ increases movement of the intestines and also is protective on the system. As with all medical conditions it is important to first seek a diagnosis prior to instituting treatment.

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