TAME TUMMY TROU­BLES

Re­solve di­ges­tive is­sues in your dog or cat with the right diet and sup­ple­ments

Amazing Wellness - - HEALTHY PET -

DOGS AND C ATS ARE SUS­CEP­TI­BLE TO MANY DI­GES­TIVE ISSU ES. “UP­SET STOM­ACH” (which usu­ally means vom­it­ing) and di­ar­rhea are among the top 10 rea­sons pets are taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian. Cats are prone to two ad­di­tional tummy dis­or­ders: hair­balls and con­sti­pa­tion. And then there’s a prob­lem that isn’t a dis­ease, but causes a lot of dis­com­fort: gas! Many dogs, and a fair num­ber of cats, ex­pe­ri­ence flat­u­lence.

Log­i­cally, diet is the prime sus­pect in any sort of di­ges­tive dis­or­der, and dry kib­ble is the big­gest cul­prit. It’s less di­gestible than canned, home­made, or raw di­ets; and its car­bo­hy­drate con­tent in­creases fer­men­ta­tion by gas-form­ing bac­te­ria in the colon. Ad­di­tion­ally, many pets eat kib­ble very quickly, gulp­ing down sig­nif­i­cant quan­ti­ties of air in the process, thereby con­tribut­ing even more to the for­ma­tion of gas.

There are some easy ways to im­prove your pet’s di­ges­tion, which will re­duce or elim­i­nate many gut is­sues.

Ex­am­ine Your Pet’s Diet

Diet is the prime sus­pect in any sort of di­ges­tive dis­or­der.

A diet change may be in or­der. Dif­fer­ent foods can cause gas in any in­di­vid­ual an­i­mal, so it may take a lit­tle trial and er­ror to find those that your pet tol­er­ates best. It may also be ben­e­fi­cial to feed your pet sev­eral smaller meals, rather than one or two big ones.

Many an­i­mals re­spond well to a home­made diet. It has a dis­tinct ad­van­tage in that you con­trol the qual­ity and quan­tity of ev­ery in­gre­di­ent. Raw meat-based di­ets are clos­est to dogs’ and cats’ nat­u­ral diet of whole prey. If you choose to make your pet’s food, be sure to fol­low a bal­anced recipe, and do not skip rec­om­mended sup­ple­ments. Or, sim­plify the process by us­ing a frozen com­plete diet prod­uct, or a bal­anced freezedried or de­hy­drated mix.

The “wild” ca­nine or fe­line diet con­tains lit­tle, if any, fiber. Adult cats and dogs do not have any phys­i­o­logic need for car­bo­hy­drates, in­clud­ing fiber. Re­duc­ing (but not elim­i­nat­ing) sol­u­ble di­etary fiber, and choos­ing foods with low or zero grain con­tent, may help re­duce flat­u­lence and im­prove di­ges­tion.

Fiber mod­er­ates and nor­mal­izes the pas­sage of food through the in­testines, so it can be used to both speed it up (to re­duce vom­it­ing) and slow it down (to al­le­vi­ate di­ar­rhea). In­sol­u­ble fiber may help with hair­balls. How­ever, the cel­lu­lose used in many pet foods is made mostly from pine trees and can be ir­ri­tat­ing to the mem­branes lin­ing the

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