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What is causing digestive upset in your ...

Brenda Tobin-Flood

There are an array of issues that can wreak havoc on an animal’s digestive system . A poor diet, allergies, inflammation and parasites are some issues that can affect your pet’s digestive system. I am going to give just a few suggestions that may help your canine companion . Always seek veterinary advice when needed.

Blue Green Algae : Strengthens the immune system, promotes intestinal regularity, purifies the blood, and assists in the smooth operation of the brain and nervous system.

Amino Acids : Dogs need a total of 22 amino acids, and can make 12 of these on their own, or non-essential. All dogs require a protein intake of 10 essential amino acids for proper growth and maintenance. A deficiency in just one of these amino acids could lead to a metabolic disturbance. A complete supplement can assist with your pet obtaining the essential amino acids, or a raw diet, because protein is rich in amino acids.

Slippery Elm : The inner bark of slippery elm contains large amounts of the viscid mucilage polysaccharide. It was used by the Native Americans to treat diarrhea, urinary and bowel complaints.

Papain: This enzyme may help in protein digestion and also helps cleanse the tissues and intestinal walls of waste matter. This enzyme is found in the papaya. Did you know the seeds in a papaya, when eaten, help eliminate parasites?

Evening Primrose Oil : A digestive stimulant. Also aids in arthritis and rheumatism.

The supplement  I use for my own dogs is  called NuVet Plus.   It includes all of the ingredients mentioned above and also includes vitamins, minerals, herbs, fatty acids and antioxidants that help combat free radicals and provides immune system support . The ingredients are human grade and water soluble. I always recommend a water soluble supplement because what your pet does not utilize is excreted. You do not have to worry about the possibility of vitamin toxicity as you could with a fat soluble supplement.   You can easily order online and they even give you a discount if you sign up for auto delivery.  Just click on the link and it will direct you to their page .

Prebiotics: These are non-digestible or partially digestible food ingredients. They selectively stimulate bacteria in the colon. Steamed kale, collard greens and turnip greens are good examples of prebiotics. Along with Probiotics , which are live or viable bacterial cell preparations, when given in adequate amounts, have been shown to have beneficial effects on the digestive health of the animal (and human). Yogurt is a great source of probiotics. Mix a couple of teaspoons of plain yogurt into your dog’s food daily. When you combine prebiotics with probiotics working together you create Symbiosis. Studies have shown that when given adequate amounts of prebiotics it helps to promote probiotic microflora in the gut which has helped eliminate tumors in animals.

There are many more digestive aids and there are many issues that can cause poor digestion. However, please note that imbalances in the gut flora influence overall health as they are linked to diseases such as allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and diarrhea. The gut flora and mucosa act as barriers against pathogens. When a disruption occurs in the gut flora, an altered response may form in the intestinal immune system. Digestive health is important! Get your dog’s digestive health on track! Please feel free to email me at rubysnaturals@yahoo if you need help getting your pet’s digestive health back on track. I can help with a comprehensive diet plan as well as supplement advice.

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