Gastritis

Natural treatments for gastritis relief in cats and dogs to help relieve stomach irritation.

    treatments for cats & dogs to relieve gastritis & stomach irritation

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    1. What is Gastritis?
    2. What Causes Gastritis?
    3. Diagnosing Gastritis
    4. Help for Gastritis
    5. More Information on Gastritis

    What is Gastritis?

    Gastritis is a condition that describes inflammation, irritation or damage of the stomach lining. The stomach secretes acids needed for digestion but when the lining is irritated, symptoms arise that may bring about pain and discomfort.

    It affects both dogs and cats, and episodes of gastritis may be mild to severe and, sometimes even requiring hospitalization. If left untreated gastritis may lead to more serious stomach disorders such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic gastritis and stomach cancer.

    The common symptoms and signs of gastritis include:
    • Vomiting
    • Nausea and belching
    • Blood in vomit or stool
    • Gas
    • Diarrhea
    • Decreased appetite and water intake
    • Lethargy

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    What Causes Gastritis?

    Gastritis may occur as a result of the following and these include:

    • Eating spoiled food
    • Eating too fast or too much
    • Vigorous exercise or exercising too soon after a meal
    • Swallowing foreign objects or toxic chemicals such as household detergents, pesticides or fertilizer
    • Bacterial infection
    • Viral infection
    • Food allergies
    • Sudden diet changes
    • Intolerance to certain foods such as lactose
    • Anxiety, nervousness or excitement
    • Ingesting medications

    Diagnosing Gastritis

    Gastritis is based on the symptoms presented as well as a physical examination. Certain tests such as blood tests, urine samples, feces analysis, and x-rays may be taken to determine the cause of gastritis. Sometimes additional testing which includes an abdominal ultrasound, radiograph or endoscopy may also be performed.

    Help for Gastritis

    Depending on the cause of gastritis your vet may prescribe various medications. If your pet has been vomiting for more than 24 hours, he will most likely be dehydrated and require fluids to rehydrate his body. Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics, pain relievers and anti-emetics to relieve fever, vomiting and nausea.

    Dogs and cats with acute gastritis may be given antacids such as Tagamet or stomach-soothing medications such as Pepto-Bismol. Your vet will also recommend that food and water be withheld for a certain period of time, followed by a bland diet like rice and chicken. In cases of chronic gastritis, your pet may require a change in diet permanently.

    Natural remedies

    Herbal and homeopathic remedies may also provide a more natural alternative for the symptomatic relief of digestive problems in pets. These remedies are effective yet still gentle on your pet’s system without the harsh side effects of conventional medications.

    Carefully selected herbal ingredients such as Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice), Ulmus fulva (Slippery elm) and Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) acts as an excellent tonic for the entire digestive system which soothes the gastric mucus membranes, and also promote overall health and wellbeing.

    More Information on Gastritis

    There are certain ways that you help to prevent stomach problems
    for your dog or cat and these include:
    • Feed your pet an all natural, high quality diet without preservatives, colorants and additives
    • Avoid changing the type of food that you feed your pet and try to be as consistent as possible about feeding times. Make sure that if you have to change the diet, it is done gradually over 5 to 7 days.
    • Make sure you keep all food and water bowls clean and disinfected
    • Keep potentially dangerous objects out of reach that your pet may swallow and become lodged in the digestive tract – these include pens, toys, string or medication
    • Watch what your dog or cat eats as they are often attracted to garbage, dead animals, plants and insects, and toxic substances
    • If you suspect that your pet may have gastritis, withhold food and limit water until you have contacted your vet
    • Reduce your pet’s stress levels by keeping him relaxed and calm

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