Vitamins and Supplements for Your Pets.....

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WARNING: Supplementing a Poor Quality Diet will not dramatically improve your Pet’s Health. The first key to Great Health is Great Nutrition!  Many chronic illnesses can be improved with a good quality, all-natural diet.  Diet is the first step in treating any disease.  Please read the Nutrition Page for more information on what food labels really mean.   Keys to finding a good quality food are at the bottom of this page as well.

HERE ARE SOME COMMON VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS THAT MAY BE GIVEN TO YOUR PETS...

Acidophilus Aids Digestion... Lactobacillus acidophilus, digestion-friendly bacteria that speed the breakdown of food in the intestines to nix gas. Also, beneficial to replace the good bacteria in the gut after antibiotic treatment. Give 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt for every 10 pounds twice a day.  ALSO IN DANCING PAWS SHAKE N ZYME AVAILABLE FROM DR. FRY.

Aloe Vera is an excellent preparation to use topically for skin conditions such as minor abrasions, wounds, allergic irritations, burns, and many types of dermatitis. Aloe Vera will decrease inflammation as well as speed healing. It is very soothing to the skin. Aloe Vera can also help conditions of the digestive system, Vomiting and diarrhea also often respond to oral administration of Aloe Vera Gel combined with bland diets. The easiest way to use aloe is to grow your own plant. However, if you do buy a commercial preparation it is important to note that benzoic acid is a known toxin to cats and should be avoided.


Apple Cider Vinegar helps Pets with arthritic conditions, improves digestion, increases resistance to diease and gives a beautiful shine to their coats! Use only raw, unpasterized, unheated, organic apple cider vinegar as it contains vitamins C, E, B1, B2 and B6, minerals and trace elements found in apples. Vinegar is also great topically to control yeast infections on the skin and feet. Mix with equal parts of water in a spray bottle and spray onto affected areas or add a splash to unscented baby-wipes or use as a rinse after a bath. Oral Dose of Apple Cider Vinegar is ½ tsp per 15lbs of weight.
Azodyl…Supoorts Kidney Function by providing NATURAL interal Dialysis and slows down toxic buildup in the blood and helps prevent further kidney damage.  This naturally-occurring beneficial bacteria reduces azotemia in dogs and cats by metabolizing and flushing out toxins through the bowel.
The product of choice at the first signs of azotemia in cases of acute or chronic kidney disease.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIThttp://www.vetoquinolusa.com/pages/global_06.html
Boswellia Serrata, also known as Sallai Guggal, is a closely related to Frankincense (Boswellia glabra). Boswellia possesses anti-inflammatory action that is just as effective against arthritis as most prescription medication, yet Boswellia does not have any of the side effects. Research conducted in India found that an extract of Boswellia was more beneficial, less toxic, and more potent than the standard drug of choice for rheumatic disorders, Ketoprofen (benzoyl hydrotropic acid). Boswellic acids (BA) are believed to suppress the proliferating tissue found in the inflamed areas and also prevents the breakdown of connective tissue. The mechanism is similar to the action of non-steroidal groups of anti-arthritic drugs with no side effects, gastric irritation and ulcerogenic activity. Many studies conducted since the original study has confirmed that Boswellia Serrata has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activity. Boswellia was found to improve blood supply to the joints and restore integrity of vessels weakened by spasm. Boswellia Serrata may also be useful for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with no side effects as those seen with traditional drugs of choice. Small Dogs 10 mg daily. Medium Dogs 25 mg daily. Large Dogs 50-100 mg daily.

B vitamins help to maintain the health of the brain, nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver and mouth. B-complex vitamins are coenzymes involved in energy production, and may even be useful for alleviating anxiety. There are no side effects so you can feel comfortable giving your canine and feline companions this vitamin supplement. For cats and small dogs give ½ of a B25; for medium dogs give one tablet of B25; and for large/giant dogs give one to two tablets of B50. Give once or twice daily. Please note the urine may become a "brighter" yellow while taking B vitamins. Note: Raw meat and brewers yeast are good sources; cooking destroys many B-complex vitamins. The following lists some info on specific B vitamins...

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) deficiency can result in brain damage and seizures.
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) deficiency may lead to cataracts in dogs and cats.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) is a great help in controlling seizures and behavior problems.
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) deficiency is common with allergies.
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine) deficiencies can lead to failure to grow, epilepsy, anemia and calcium kidney stones.
Vitamin B-9 (Folic Acid) is necessary for red blood cell formation and protein metabolism.
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) deficiency can lead to anemia. Raw liver is the best source.
Biotin deficiency results in hair and skin disorders in cats. Raw egg whites contain enzymes that deplete biotin. Biotin may help dogs that eat their feces.
Choline deficiencies can lead to cognitive dysfunction and neuropathies.


Vitamin C is beneficial for pets with skin problems as well as arthritis, heart health and urinary tract infections. Supplement the diet with a natural vitamin C complex that includes bioflavonoids. The recommended dose is 5-10 mg per pound twice daily. However, vitamin C can be given to bowel tolerance level during times of acute illness at which point the body excretes the excess vitamin and stools become soft. When vitamin C produces this reaction, decrease the dose until the stool is normal. Vitamin C is best given as the form of Ester C (non-acidic) because it is more efficiently used by cells and connective tissues. Ester C is safe to give to Pets to boost the immune system. Please note: Pets with a history of calcium bladder stones should not take Vitamin C as it acidifies the urine and may promote oxalate formation.

Chamomile can help to soothe your dog or cat during times of stress such as flying, visits to the doctor, etc. Boil 1 cup of water. Pour the boiling water over a tea bag full of chamomile flowers. Steep 10 - 15 minutes. Let cool. Place the mixture in the dog or cat's water dish or soak a treat in the mixture.


CoQ10--Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, is essential for energy production at the cellular level. It has been shown to benefit humans with various heart and muscle diseases and can help Pets too. It is also good for gingivitis. Give 1-2 mg per pound of body weight daily, may be divided into two doses.Colloidal silver is a natural, safe, non-toxic antibiotic effective in killing over 650 pathogens including viruses, bacteria, fungus and yeast. Prior to 1934 when penicillin was discovered, colloidal silver was the drug of choice for many diseases but very expensive. Colloidal silver kills the pathogens by destroying the enzyme that supplies these pathogens with oxygen. Colloidal silver can be used as a preventative, like a second immune system to prevent infection, or as a cure to treat infection and disease. Colloidal silver is tasteless. It can be mixed into your pet’s drinking water or given under the tongue. It may even be used topically. Because the silver is in a colloidal form, any excess that is not needed by the body is easily eliminated and does not accumulate for a long time in body tissue. There is no possibility of overdosing or taking too much colloidal silver and no known interaction between colloidal silver and other drugs, herbs or medicines.

Cranberry Extract is high in Vitamin C and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall. Women who drink a pint of juice a day had 63% reduction in recurrence of urinary tract infections, and it is also excellent for Pets with chronic UTIs. Dosing schedule…1/4-1/2 capsule twice daily for cats & small dogs, 1 capsule twice daily for medium and large dogs and 1 capsule three times daily for giant breed dogs

Vitamin E promotes heart health, slows aging, prevents cataracts, boost the immune system, protects the body against pollutants and cancer as well as heals the skin. May be used topically on dry noses, elbows and feet as well as to help heal scars. Oral Dose is 1-2 mg per pound daily (not to exceed 400 units/day).
NOTE: This is a FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMIN and can be overdosed


Enzymes...
1. Prozyme is an ALL NATURAL, plant derived enzyme supplement that increases nutrient absorption for optimum health. Adding Prozyme to every feeding is beneficial for animals of all ages, especially older animals and those experiencing digestive disorders, skin problems, excessive shedding, poor hair coat, joint difficulties, weight problems, allergies, lethargy, flatulence and coprophagia (eating feces). Prozyme is beneficial and safe for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds and other exotics. Dose is 1/4 tsp per cup of food. For more information visit www.prozymeproducts.com

2. Shake'N'Zyme™ is an all-natural, Cheddar and Romano cheese flavored, vegetarian enzyme formula with a probiotic boost to help ensure optimum digestion, assimilation and utilization of nutrients. This proprietary formula also includes organic dulse, a rich source of minerals, to help spark enzyme activity. In addition, Shake'N'Zyme™ was designed to address allergies inflammatory/irritable bowel conditions, dermatitis and colitis. For more information visitwww.dancingpaws.com
3. Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics with EnzyGuard-D from 4Life Digestive Enzymes: Digestive Enzymes & Probiotics provides seven forms of digestive enzymes in a proprietary blend that promotes healthy digestion. Enzymes are protein molecules that are necessary for life and are naturally present in raw foods. However, in today’s society, poor diets don’t provide enough raw foods to get the enzymes needed for healthy digestion. Specific enzymes help to break down specific food components. Four common enzymes are:
Protease – breaks down proteins (found in milk, eggs, meats and beans).Amylase – breaks down carbohydrates and some sugars.Lipase – breaks down fats.
Cellulase – breaks down cellulose, which makes up plant fibers and tissues.
Probiotic Blend: Probiotics are "friendly" or "good" bacteria that contribute to the health and balance of theintestinal tract. Millions of "good" bacteria exist in the body, which support healthy immune system function, promote healthy hormone levels and support cells and enzymes to strengthen overall digestive function. EnzyGuard-D is 4Life’s proprietary technology developed to stabilize enzymes and probiotics during manufacturing, storage and activation. This technology allows probiotics to remain stable at room temperature.  Visit www.drfry.my4life.com  for more information on this product.

Eyebright is an antioxidant herb that fights free-radical damage, especially in the eyes. The flower of Eyebright, also known as Euphrasia and Ocularia, somewhat resembles a bloodshot eye, which may have been part of what led ancient peoples to value this plant for eye problems. Since the Middle Ages, Eyebright has been a popular herbal eyewash. Today Eyebright is used more frequently for relieving eye problems such as eye strain, pink eye and inflamed, irritated and sore eyes. Eyebright contains bitters, essential oils, several B vitamins, and Vitamins A, C, D, and E. The plant has astringent properties that probably account for its usefulness as a topical treatment for inflammatory states and its ability to reduce mucous drainage. Eyebright's antibiotic and astringent properties tighten membranes and mucus surrounding the eyes, effectively strengthening and improving circulation. Eyebright also contains tannins that are beneficial for reducing inflammation. You may give it orally to your pet or use it as an eyewash.

Glucosamine and Perna Mussel (green-lipped mussel) help stimulate synovial joint fluid synthesis and replenish the essential building blocks necessary to maintain healthy cartilage as well as prevent joint degradation. A necessary supplement for all Pets with arthritis. Note: (Glucosamine also inhibits growth & aggregation of calcium oxalate crystals and may also have benefits for cats with chronic urinary tract disease. Dose is 250-500 mg per 30 pounds of weight twice a day.     COMBINATION

Ginger has a long history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Modern research confirms its effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence and dizziness. Working mainly in the digestive tract, ginger boosts digestive fluids and neutralizes acids, making it an effective alternative to anti-nausea medication, but without the usual unpleasant side effects. Give a small amount of fresh grated ginger or powdered ginger root capsules an hour prior to travel on an empty stomach.
GINGKO BILOBA...Cognitive Disorder is a common degenerative neurologic disorder of aging dogs, cats, and humans. A number of causes have been suggested and several recommendations have been made for treating this disorder, including the herb gingko biloba. In addition to purportedly helping pets with cognitive disorder, this herb has antioxidant capabilities, decreases platelet clumping, and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. Gingko has a number of important chemical components including flavones, quercetin, ginkgolides, bioflavonoids, ginkgolic acids, sterols, polysaccharides and procyanidins. In pets, gingko biloba has been recommended for treating cognitive disorder, early hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings), cardiovascular disease, asthma and circulatory disorders. In pets, there is not a specific dose of ginkgo stated in the literature. However, as is true with many herbs, doses are extrapolated from those given to humans. In general, 500 mg of powdered or capsule herb per 25-50 pounds every 8-12 hours or 5-10 drops of tincture per 10 pounds every 8-12 hours. Gingko is considered fairly safe; however, caution should be used in patients receiving anticoagulants, including aspirin and NSAIDs.
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha) therapy was recommended for dogs and cats with cardiac diseases, including cardiomyopathy and valvular heart disease. Researchers have identified many healthful substances in the berries, leaves and flowers. One group of compounds that have been identified is flavonoids. Flavonoids increase blood supply to the heart muscle and decrease blood vessel resistance thereby reducing the heart's workload. The end result is better oxygenation of the heart tissue (and the rest of the body too). Hawthorn has the unique property of both strengthening the heart and stabilizing it against arrhythmias. Hawthorn can also have a calming effect on the nervous system, which can also improve cardiac function. Hawthorn berries are high in B - vitamins and other important nutrients. Finally, the flavonoid content of hawthorn gives it potent antioxidant properties as well.Hawthorn’s action is not immediate and may take 4-6 weeks to see a response. It is not going to cure heart disease. A product that contains a mixture of berries, leaves and flowers is best. If a pet has been diagnosed with heart disease but is not showing symptoms or has early signs of heart failure and is not on medication, you can try a course of Hawthorn. Side effects are rare but could consist of mild stomach upset or skin rash. Safety has not been established in those with severe liver, heart or kidney disease. If a pet is already in moderate to severe heart failure or is on conventional medications, consult with your veterinarian before starting Hawthorn. Cats and small dogs—1/8 human adult dose, Medium dogs—1/4 adult dose, Large dogs—1/2 adult dose, and Giant dogs—whole adult dose.
L-carnitine -- an amino acid that helps to keep the heart strong. It has been prescribed for dogs with dilated cardiomyopathyand heart disorders due to chemotherapeutic treatments. It has also been recommended for cats with hepatic lipidosis(fatty liver disease). Carnitine is needed by the body for the metabolism of fatty acids into energy in the cells. Thus, it helps the body utilize fat for energy while maintaining the lean muscle mass which helps reduce the overall body fat and is often included in "diet" Pet foods. Give 500mg to a small dog or cat, 1,000mg to a medium dog and 2,0000mg to a large dog twice a day.
L-Lysine, amino acid, slows down the replication of herpes virus. The feline herpes virus can take up residence inside a cat and flare up on occasion especially during periods of stress–this is the most common cause for upper respiratory infections in cats and kittens....500 mg twice a day for up to five days whenever there is an outbreak or 250 mg daily for maitenance.  ViralysPowder for Cats is an L-Lysine oral supplement in a palatable flavor powder spefically formulated for cats.  Viralys is recommended as an aid in the treatment of feline Herpes Virus and its associated respiratory and ocular symptoms. It is also known as rhinotracheitis virus and is very common among cats, especially in environments where there are multiple cats or new cats are constantly interacting. The virus is spread through the air and replicates in the upper respiratory tract. VIRALYS POWDER FOR CATS is AVAILABLE FROM DR. FRY.
MicrolactinÔ, a patented special milk protein concentrate (SMPC) from the milk of hyperimmunized cows. It inhibits inflammation without irritating the gastro-intestinal tract.  DuralactinÔ is  a potent inhibitor of neutrophil adherence, migration and participation in the immune response to musculoskeletal conditions including arthritis.   Recommended for the long-term management of chronic inflammatory conditions.   Duralactin with L-Lysine is available from Dr. Fry to help treat stomatitis, IBD and arthritis in cats.
MILK THISTLE (Silybum marianum) is used for protecting the liver from toxins via its antioxidant properties as well as for building liver health by regenerating healthy cells and repair old damage. It also helps combat inflammation of the bile ducts and fatty infiltration of the liver. Dose: Cats and small dogs—1/8 human adult dose or 50-100 mg once daily, Medium dogs—1/4 adult dose or 100 mg twice daily, Large dogs—1/2 adult dose or 200 mg twice daily, and Giant dogs—whole adult dose or 300 mg twice daily.   Milk Thistle combined with SAM-e and other key ingredients in S-Adenosyl is an excellent product for liver support  http://www.vitalityvet.com/HTMLPRODUCTS/same1.html  Adenosyl is available from Dr. Fry for cats & dogs.
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a derivative of DMSO and is found in the cells of our bodies as well as our pet’s bodies. DMSO was used for decades in veterinary medicine for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s side effects were foul odor and skin irritation. MSM is a stable metabolite of DMSO, and it possesses many of the same benefits at DMSO but without the side effects. MSM provides a source of organic sulfur. Some of sulfur’s functions in the body are to maintain cell membrane flexibility and permeability, which allows for exchange of nutrients into and toxins out of the cell as well as maintenance of connective tissue and formation of collagen. MSM provides raw materials to create new cells and it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The concentration of MSM can be reduced throughout the normal aging processes and stress. Sulfur deficiencies have been associated with slow wound healing, immune system dysfunction, skin disorders, depression and degenerative joint problems. Most pets will tolerate MSM, but it may cause intestinal upset in some. To supplement your pet’s diet, try adding 250 mg of MSM per 15 pounds of body weight once or twice daily. For arthritis treatment, MSM is best given in combination with glucosamine and is available as SYNOVI MSM from Dr. Fry.  Synovi Granules also available for cats!!
Omega 3 Fatty Acids... Fish oil (body oil, not liver oil) and Flax seed oil provide omega-3 fatty acids that can be helpful with heart conditions, arthritis and skin conditions. To date, more than 60 illnesses and health problems have been linked to fatty acid abnormalities. Give 1,000mg fish oil (containing 300mg combined DHA and EPA) per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight, split into two doses per day. Fish oil is better utilized by dogs than flax seed oil. To supplement your pet’s diet: add ¼ teaspoon of organic flaxseed oil for each 10 pounds of body weight to your pet’s food daily (Be sure to also give vitamin E whenever you supplement oils.)   GLENHAVEN OIL SUPPLEMENTS AVAILABLE FROM DR. FRY ... these are combination skin supplement products WITH Vitamin E, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-6 Fatty Acids and antioxidants that can reduce your Pet's chronic itching, excessive shedding, and restore dry coats to their previous luster.
PROANTHOZONE® DERM --NOW AVAILABLE FROM DR. FRY -- Skin, coat and allergy support formula for dogs.   Main ingredients: Bioflavanol, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Zinc, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids, Spirulina, and vegetarian flavoring.    The basis of the formula is bioflavanol from grape seed extract. Polyphenolic antioxidants, such as bioflavanol, have been shown to help prevent mast cell degranulation and inhibit enzymes that promote histamine release, inflammation, and allergic reactions. Additional support comes from the antioxidant vitamins A and E and the antioxidant mineral zinc. Alpha-lipoic acid is a potent fat- and water-soluble antioxidant that is able to regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamin E. Spirulina, a form of blue-green algae rich in beta carotene and vitamin E, enhances protective antibodies without enhancing those associated with allergies (IgE antibodies). Spirulina also has a direct antihistamine effect. Omega fatty acids are an important addition to the formula for controlling inflammation and supporting healthy cell membranes.
ProQuiet® __ NEW** is meant to calm the nerves and relax the behavior rather than sedate the animal. The formula is based on the essential amino acid L-tryptophan, which is also a natural relaxant. Oral supplementation of L-tryptophan directly increases circulating levels of both vitamin B3 and the inhibitory neurotransmitter serotonin. The addition of hops and chamomile enhances the quieting effect as both are known to have calming properties. Ginger root, a recognized carminative, soothes upset stomachs making it helpful for motion sickness. It may also counteract the flight or fight influences of adrenal secretions in times of stress. Each ingredient plays a role in stabilizing the nervous system.Veterinarians can recommend ProQuiet® for use in the following situations:
  • Travel and motion sickness
  • Holiday company
  • Grooming
  • Thunderstorms
  • Mild separation anxiety
  • Territorial aggression/dominance
  • Competition associated anxiety
  • Fireworks
  • Behavior modification/training (for enhanced focus)
RESCUE REMEDY...This formula is completely natural, entirely safe, has no side effects, is not habit forming, and will not interfere with any other medical treatment. All creatures (including humans) can benefit from its calming effects on both the emotional and physical level. Dose is 2-4 drops as needed, up to every 15 minutes. May also be added to pet’s daily drinking water, sprayed in the room or applied topically.   There are 38 other flower essences that may be used for specific problems in Pets as well. For more information visit www.bachflower.com   AVAILABLE FROM DR. FRY.
SAM-e... (S-Adenosyl-Methionine) is an amino acid derivative normally synthesized in the body. It is a potent multi-purpose supplement used for mood elevation, joint pain relief, and the promotion of healthy liver function. SAM-e should be given with B vitamins.  A recent study of 31 dogs and cats with various severe liver problems showed that 45% of these animals had low hepatic (liver) glutathione levels. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant that protects liver cells. S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) is recommended to improve hepatic glutathione levels to help maintain and protect liver function. Dose: Cats and small dogs–100 mg daily, Medium-sized dogs 250 mg daily and Large Dogs 450 mg daily.  http://www.vitalityvet.com/HTMLPRODUCTS/same1.html
Taurine -- another amino acid that is good for the heart. Taurine deficiency may be responsible for heart disease in dogs as well as cats. For years, it has been recognized that cats fed insufficient amounts of taurine can develop a heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy. In this disease, the heart enlarges and the muscle becomes very thin. Cats can not make the amino acid taurine, so it must be present at adequate levels in the diet. Cat foods are now supplemented with taurine. Give 500mg to a cat or small dog, 1,000mg to a medium dog and 1,500mg to a large dog. Best given on an empty stomach.  ALSO HAS BEEN REPORTED TO HELP SEIZURES IN DOGS.
Tinkle Tonic is an herbal remedy for urinary tract problems. Designed to disinfect, soothe, and protect the urinary tract without irritating the kidneys. Especially useful for cats! An antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and tonifying combination of Couchgrass, Echinacea (purpurea), Marshmallow, Dandelion, and Horsetail. For information visit www.petsage.com
Valerian Root...Some researchers have compared Valerian Root to benzodiazepines such as Valium.. However, Valerian is a much milder and safer sedative. Unlike Valium, Valerian is not addictive or does not promote dependency. Valerian is a smooth muscle and skeletal relaxant, as well as a premier sedative that aids in anxiety, stress and insomnia. Cats and small dogs—1/8 human adult dose, Medium dogs—1/4 adult dose, Large dogs—1/2 adult dose, and Giant dogs—whole adult dose.
Yucca contains saponins, which are precursors of cortisone that help block release of toxins in the intestines that cause break down of cartilage. Saponins are produced naturally in the body by the adrenal glands. Yucca is also reported to speed up bowel elimination, reduce fecal and urine odor, and improve digestion in dogs and cats. It also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect when taken over a period of time. Small Dogs 100 mg, Medium Dogs 200 mg and Large Dogs 300 mg.

Follow this Formula for Dosing Your Pet with Human Herbal Products...
1. Weigh Your Pet
2. Take Your Pet’s Weight and DIVIDE by 150 pounds (this is the weight of an average human adult)
This Number is the PERCENT (%) of the Human Adult Dose your Pet should be given.
3. Calculate the TOTAL Human Adult Dose from the label.
For example, if the Human Adult Dose is 2 (two) capsules THREE times a day, the total dose is 6 capsules.
4. Do the Math...Your Dog Weighs 60 pounds...  60 / 150 = 0.40 or 40 % of the human adult dose
Therefore, 40% of 6 capsules is a total of 2.4 capsules per day for your 60 pound dog.

For more information on How to Give Herbs to Pets visit www.theherbsplace.com


Transfer Factor .... All-in-One Nutritional Supplement for Pets...
Just as we are affected every day by the environment, stress and diet, animals also must cope with the ever-increasing demands of life. Providing quality care for our furry friends is necessary for them to enjoy a long and healthy life. Therefore, 4Life® has created an outstanding line of supplements that help promote superior animal health. Experts agree that 4Life’s Transfer Factor (TF) formulas provide your single best option for improving their nutritional status. Improved joint health and flexibility, more energy, healthier coats, stronger bones and improved immune strength—give your Pet everything it deserves with Transfer Factor Animal Health products. For more info call 1-866-315-4004 to listen to a pre-recorded message about TF for Pets, visitwww.drfry.my4ife.com or talk to Dr. Fry about these amazing supplements.
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Parvovirus in a Puppy Cured with Transfer Factor by Dr. Fry"A four-month old Rottweiler puppy came to see me Wednesday night after several episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. She was very weak, dehydrated and unable to hold any food down. I diagnosed her with Parvovirus, a deadly intestinal infection in dogs that also attacks their white blood cells wiping out their immune system. Immediately I started her on IV fluids and conventional treatment with antibiotics and anti-emetics to control the secondary infection and vomiting. I knew the prognosis wasn’t good, but decided to try her on Transfer Factor. I dissolved the human capsules in saline and injected her with about 1200 mg a day. Most puppies succumb to the virus or spend 7-10 days in the hospital trying to recover. To my amazement, her white blood cell counts didn’t plummet to zero but steadily rose and she was able to fight off the infection. Friday night she was eating and went home happy and healthy Saturday morning. Transfer Factor was a miracle-cure for this puppy!"
Two More Amazing Testimonials Using Transfer Factor...
"Dani was nearly 17 years old last summer when she suddenly became very lethargic and all but stopped eating. The entire month of July 2002 she steadily lost weight, became more and more lethargic, teetered closer and closure to Kidney failure, and became borderline hyperthyroid. She dropped from a nice healthy 10 pounds to an alarming 6.2 pounds...My regular vet said that she was giving up and was simply worn out and began preparing me for the worst. Faithfully since then, each morning I have given her 1/4 scoop of regular Feline Transfer Factor mixed with whatever food she's decided that's her favorite of the day/week. Her kidney evaluation has stayed [stable], and her thyroid is back to normal. Slowly but surely, she steadily gained weight ever since last August when she starting using TF. However, this past vet visit, she has gained a whopping six ounces in one month!!! She now weighs in at 8 lbs., 15.5 oz. I know what TF has done for Dani. She's living proof that the stuff works and I honestly believe that Transfer Factor has highly contributed, if not, saved her life. TF has added another year of *good* quality life. Her recovery from Death's Door is an absolute miracle in our eyes." Susie B.

"I started giving Transfer Factor Plus Feline Formula to Spots, our blind, FIV+ cat on October 28th, 2001. She has had chronic upper respiratory congestion with very raspy breathing for several months which has led to a severe decrease in her appetite and she's lost about 1/4 of her body weight. She would normally eat an entire 5.5oz can of cat food at a time and lately, she hardly licks at it. She's tired and listless all the time. Within a week of starting TF, her breathing and appetite began to improve. She's grooming more and her coat is looking glossy again. Her raspy breathing hasn't cleared up entirely, but she's in much better shape now than she was just two weeks ago. Spots was pretty much back to normal after a month of the TF. She has gained back almost all the weight she lost. I think that if I hadn't given TF Plus to her, her condition would have continued to deteriorate. Spots is doing swimmingly just 2 months after starting TF. She sleeps without snoring and most of the time, her breathing is normal 
and she has a fantastic appetite. She is doing very well now and I attribute her recovery to the Transfer Factor she's been taking. I will continue to give it to her, as it obviously is helping her immune system to keep her healthy." Eileen Poole 

 


HOMEOPATHY...
The science of Homeopathy is based on the principle of "like cures like." In other words, if a healthy person (or animal) takes a substance which causes specific symptoms when taken in larger quantities, that same substance can be used to treat a sick person (or pet) with the same symptoms when used in a diluted amount. Therefore, rather than focusing in on the disease itself, homeopathy is centered around encouraging the body to heal itself naturally. The strength of a remedy is denoted by a number and a letter: the higher the number, the higher the strength. A common example would be 30X. The letter 'X' in this example is the method of dilution and means 1 part remedy is mixed with 9 parts dilutant which equals a 1:10 ratio. The number (in front of the letter) indicates the number of times a product is further diluted and successed or vigorously pounded. ‘C’ is a ratio of 1:100 and ‘M’ is a ratio of 1:1000. Homeopathy can be used to treat pets as well as people and has been used by many with great success. Below are a few examples of some common homeopathic remedies...

Apis (honey bee): Used for swelling, heat stroke, frost bite, rashes and inflammation of the skin from insect bites which worsen with heat. Additionally, this remedy can prevent minor allergic reactions to the insect bites.
Arnica(leopard's bane): After traumatic injuries, this remedy treats bruises, and sprained joints. This remedy also treats arthritis, sore muscles and fractures as well as eye injuries. Used for both physical and emotional trauma.
Hepar Sulph: Used for splinter-like pains, excess sweating, foul smelling discharges, and yellow-green pus. This remedy treats boils, abscesses, breast infections, croup, coughs, earaches, sinus infection, sore throat, inflammation of eyelids, and toothaches. Symptoms are worse in cold air or when touching affected parts.
Nux Vomica (poison nut): Used for common cold, constipation, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, hemorrhoids, hangovers, gastroenteritis, headaches, larynx pain, and runny nose. Those who require this remedy may be sullen or irritable. Symptoms are often better with warmth, sleep, and in the evening, and worse in cold weather.
Silicea: Used for poor stamina, weakness, inflammation of glands, chronic discharges, uncharacteristic odor from feet, boils and abcesses, earaches, splinters, and inflamed eyelids. Symptoms are worse in cold air and better with warmth. Those who require this remedy may exhibit mental exhaustion, nervousness, and excitability.
TRAUMEEL  A versatile pain reliever, Traumeel provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with injuries, sprains, muscle aches and bruises, as well as minor arthritis pain and inflammation. For over 50 years physicians have been recommending Traumeel as a safe alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs. Backed by over two-dozen scientific and clinical studies, Traumeel is the number one selling combination homeopathic product worldwide.  GREAT FOR PETS!

AND JUST REMEMBER THAT GREAT NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION FOR GREAT HEALTH!
Keys to finding a good quality food are:
Chicken, Lamb, Fish, Venison, Beef as the #1 ingredient (meal is acceptable)
Avoid the generic term of MEAT
Made with all-natural or Human-Quality Ingredients
Life-Stage Appropriate (Large Breed Puppy, Adult, Senior, etc)
Whole grains (avoid mill runs, hulls, middlings)
NO by-products or Artificial Colors or Dyes
Natural preservatives such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, rosemary, and mixed tocopherols
Avoid animal digest and "animal" fat
Fruits and vegetables on the ingredient label is a PLUS!
-->You can always supplement your Pet's Diet with fresh fruit and veggies such as apples, broccoli, canteloupe, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, pumpkin and watermelon.
-->Do NOT Give Grapes, Raisins, Onions, Macadamia Nuts!

How to Transition Your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet

How to Transition Your Cat to a Raw Meat Diet

Transitioning a cat to a raw diet is something that the majority of us will have to do until the time comes when people grab a kitten from its mother's teat and start raw feeding from the beginning! But in the meantime, it's a major issue in the raw feeding movement. This step-by-step approach, and patience, will work for nearly every cat.
 
Kittens need no transition; they take to raw food like ducks to water. Special kitten food is not necessary. They eat the same food as adult cats, just more of it and more often. Kittens need about twice as much food per ounce of body weight as an adult. All that growing to do! Their stomachs are small, so they need to eat more often than adults, about every 4 to 6 hours. If you're getting a kitten(s), start them off right with a raw diet, and you won't have to worry about transitioning them.
 
Kittens should also be introduced to raw meaty bones, so they learn to eat them when they are young. Most kittens will readily tackle a chicken wing if offered. If you already have an older cat that will eat raw meaty bones, be sure to let the kittens learn from their older housemate. The kittens will copy the behaviors of the adults around them.
 
Adolescent and Adult Cats
 
We'll look at this in three stages:
 
  • From dry food to canned
  • From canned to raw
  • Adding raw meaty bones
 
The key to any transition is patience. The transition can be fast or very slow. In my household, transitioning to raw took about 5 seconds for some of them to three whole months for another. I have read about cats that took a year to transition. However long it takes yours, stick with it, it's worth it.
 
The transitioning tips below use the slow, gradual method. It usually works. Usually. For some cats, nothing seems to work. Give these methods a try and don't give up too soon. I thought Kai would never switch. Gearing myself up for feeding him separately forever, I turned around one day, after three months, and found him with his face buried in a plate of raw rabbit! I don't usually advocate using hunger to help transition your cat, other than the normal mealtime hunger of 12 hours or so, but you can try it if your cat is particularly stubborn. If your cat is adult, healthy and not obese, you can wait her out longer if she refuses to eat either canned or the raw. I wouldn't go longer than 36 hours though. This has worked for some people. Be aware that any cat, especially an overweight cat, is at risk for hepatic lipidosis if they don't eat every day.
 
Whatever your cat eats at present, it's always worth a try to just offer her some raw. She may surprise you. See if she will eat some cut up raw chicken or turkey, or some raw chicken liver. If she does…well, this may be easy.
 
From Dry Food to Grain-Free Canned
 
Cats get addicted to dry food, so this may be the hardest step, especially if your cat doesn't also eat canned food.
 
For cats that will only eat dry food:
 
First, stop free feeding dry food. Your cat does not need to have food available at all times. Eating two or three meals a day is fine, as is going 12 hours between meals. You want your cat to associate food with a person — you — not a place.
 
Start bringing out their food at regular mealtimes. Cats will learn the new routine very quickly. Leave it out for 30 minutes, and then put it away. At first, you may have to have more than two mealtimes a day. Cut back to two or three per day after a week, once your cat gets used to the whole idea of mealtimes. Put out one bowl for each cat, in separate rooms if necessary, so each cat feels relaxed about her meal.
 
Your cats will get hungry, but that's good. Nothing enhances a meal more than having an appetite. Just make sure each cat does eat, every day.
 
Once they seem used to mealtimes and are coming to you for their meals, start offering canned food. Choose a quality, grain-free canned food. Avoid foods with fish, as these are overly strong flavors which cats can get addicted to — to the point of refusing other flavors. Fish is not an ideal food for cats and should be fed sparingly as an occasional treat only. Try putting their dry food on a flat plate with a little of the canned food on the side. If they won't eat the quality canned brand you chose, try a different brand of canned. Even a lesser quality type if needed, as the goal at this point is to get them eating canned at all. They may ignore it completely, but it will get them to start associating the smell with dinner. Give this a week or so.
 
If they still aren't interested, next try putting out a plate of canned food with some of their dry food on top, whole or crushed a little. Being a little hungry makes them more likely to try something new. They may just pick the dry food off — that's okay. They will be getting just a taste of the canned food with it. Keep at this, even if you end up throwing away the canned food. Try different canned foods; your cat may like one more than another. If it looks like your cat is nibbling at the canned a bit, try putting out just the canned next time and see what happens. Some cats can be tempted by the gravy in some canned foods, and lick all that off. That's a step forward for a confirmed dry food addict.
 
Try some meat baby food. Some cats will eat this even if they refuse canned food. Try letting them lick it off your finger. If they will eat it, put a little on top of their canned food.
 
You can try putting a little canned food on your finger, and putting a little in your cat's mouth. Only do this if it won't stress out or frighten your cat, as you definitely don't want them to have bad associations with the new food or be afraid of you.
 
You can also try topping canned food with a dehydrated meat treat. Cats love Halo LivaLittles® freeze dried chicken and Wildside Salmon® treats. Both of these are 100% meat, dehydrated into cubes. These products appeal to dry food eaters as they are similar in texture, and the taste and odor are irresistible to most cats. Keep in mind that it's a treat, not a meal. Another good "bribe" topping is shaved bonito flakes. Mine love Kitty Kaviar®, which I used on raw food when transitioning them. Again, use fish products sparingly and not routinely.
 
You may ask "Why can't I just soak the dry food in water?" From Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM, at CatInfo.org: "Dry food has a high bacterial content. Mold is also often found in dry food. There have been many deaths of dogs and cats secondary to eating moldmycotoxinsvomitoxins and aflatoxins which often contaminate the grains found in dry food. If you want to try the trick of wetting down the dry food to alter the texture, please leave it out for only 20-30 minutes then discard it. Bacteria and mold thrive in moisture."
 
Keep offering canned food. Plain or with a bribe topping. Don't give up, no matter how long it takes. Even if it takes months and months. Really, it's that important for your cat. Eventually, they will figure out that this really is food.
 
Keep any dry food you have closed up as much as possible. Put it in an over-sized Ziploc®, or a large Tupperware® type container and then in a room the cats can't get into. When they get hungry, they will try to get to it. Once your cats are eating canned food, get rid of the dry food completely. Out of the house. Cats have an excellent sense of smell; if it's in the house, they'll know.
 
Don't get discouraged if your cat turns her nose up at something she liked just the day before. This isn't unusual. That's how cats got that reputation for being finicky. Just try it again next time. Also, it isn't unusual for a cat to act ravenous one day and not be overly interested in eating the next. Don't worry about it if it happens occasionally.
 
Here's a tip: Take notes. Especially if you have more than one or two cats. Note which cats like which foods, and which flavors. You may have to try a lot of different kinds, and it helps to have a record. It's okay at this point if your cat only likes one kind; getting her off dry food is what's paramount. Always try to get your cats eating a quality grain-free canned food, but it's acceptable if at first they will only eat a lesser quality food. Just be sure to transition to a quality grain-free canned or raw for the long run.
 
Once your cat is off dry food, and is used to mealtimes, give her at least a couple weeks on this new diet, and then start on the transition to raw.
 
For cats that eat dry and canned:
 
This one is easy. Get rid of all the dry food.
 
Give them a couple weeks to get used to an all grain-free canned diet, with regular mealtimes, and then start the switch to raw.
 
From Grain-Free Canned to Raw
 
First try out some cut-up raw chicken or turkey, or chicken liver on your cat. Some cats go for it immediately. Most of my cats took to raw right away, but it helped that they were young. Kittens take to raw with no problems. The younger the cat, the easier the transition will probably be.
 
For your first try, either buy some commercially prepared raw food, or make some homemade.  My cats liked most of the different types of meat I tried: chicken, turkey, pheasant, quail and duck. Their hands — sorry — paws-down favorite is rabbit. This makes sense, as this is probably the closest to what they would be eating naturally. Or they know it's more expensive than chicken. Vary what they get so that they don't get fixated on just one food.
 
If they don't go for raw right away, there are a number of things to try. Don't give up!
 
Make sure the raw food is warm. Think mouse body temperature. Don't microwave it. Microwaving cooks the food and will reduce the nutrients you've been so careful to obtain. Put the food in a Ziploc® type baggie and place it in a bowl of warm water for 5-15 minutes, depending on how thawed it is. It is sometimes easier to then cut the bottom corner off the baggie and squeeze the food out.
 
Put their canned food on a plate rather than in a bowl, and put a little raw next to it. They probably won't eat it, but that's okay. The idea is to get them used to the smell of it, and to start associating that smell with their meal. As you may have noticed, fresh raw meat has a very slight, subtle odor and cats that are used to smelly canned food may not recognize it as edible at first.
 
 
Mix a little of the raw with their canned food. With my reluctant Kai, I started with ¼ teaspoon mixed into his meal. This is a tinyamount, and he would still sometimes eat around it. I kept it at this amount for a few weeks, and then upped it to ½ teaspoon for another few weeks. I kept offering it to him plain also, on the side, but he never touched it. I increased it to about 1 teaspoon and kept it there. Hey cat, I can keep this up forever! He surprised me after three months by suddenly changing his mind and eating a plateful of rabbit. Unless this happens with you, just keep increasing the percentage of raw, slowly, until it's all raw. Keep giving your cat the opportunity to eat a plain raw meal. Be patient. This is a big adjustment for your cat; let her guide you as to how fast you should go.
 
Try "bribe" foods sprinkled on top. Only use these if you need to, you don't want them to get hooked on these foods. Here are some toppings that worked for me:
 
  • Shaved bonito flakes. Use scissors in the can to cut it up into smaller flakes, something like oregano sized. It doesn't need to be refrigerated, but I keep it in there anyway so the cats can't get at it. They can smell it through the can.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese. Hey, it's Italian night!
  • Brewer's yeast. A good source of B vitamins. Don't use baking yeast. Don't use brewer's yeast on cats with digestive issues as it can cause bloating. Also, it can be allergenic in some cats.
  • Organic catnip. Just a little.
  • Crushed dehydrated treats. Cats love Halo LivaLittles® freeze dried chicken and Wildside Salmon® treats. Use fish products in moderation.
  • Juice from water-packed tuna or salmon.
 
Once your cats are eating raw, be sure to introduce chunked meat into their meals, if you haven't already. For their dental health and for their jaw muscles, cats need to chew, using the sides of their jaws. Cats who have only ever eaten canned haven't had to do much chewing, so you may have to start them gradually.
 
I add chunks, usually chicken, to all my homemade food and most of the commercial raw food I buy. It's more time consuming, but my cats are worth it. I hope to forestall expensive dental problems down the road. I add small pieces, about ½ inch square on average, but some twice that size. At first some of the cats ate around them, but shortly they were all chewing away, and none of the chunks was ever left over. Start small, and gradually increase the size up to the biggest your cat will eat. The lack of chunks is probably my only complaint with commercial raw foods, but you can always, and should, add your own to any thawed food.
 
Raw Meaty Bones
 
This is the term for meat with bones, fed whole or in parts. Cats can eat small whole raw chicken parts or other small birds. Getting them to do it is sometimes the problem. I have one cat, Thodin, who is crazy for chicken wings. She will go nuts when I take any baggie out of the fridge, thinking she's going to get a wing. She picks it up in her mouth, and runs off to a favorite spot in the kitchen and chomps away. She eats almost all of it, usually leaving only a small bone piece. She'll pretty much eat as many as I'll give her. I'm getting so I love to hear the sound of bones crunching from the next room!
 
If your cat has been eating dry or canned food for a long time, it may take a little time for their jaws to work up good chewing muscles to be able to tackle raw meaty bones. Start with boneless chunks in her ground food. Once she's had some practice chewing on hunks of meat, try her out on a small chicken wing.
 
I didn't have to teach Thodin to eat meaty bones, but the others had to be enticed, encouraged and taught. Here are some ideas to try:
 
  • Try introducing raw meaty bones when your cats are hungry. They are more likely to give it a try.
  • Roll a chicken wing in a "bribe" food you know they like, to encourage them to try it. I had some success with finely cut bonito flakes. Put the flakes in a baggie, add a chicken wing. Sort of like Shake 'n Bake® without the bake! A few of the cats would just lick off the flakes, but I got one to start chewing away on it on the very first try.
  • Add smaller meaty bones to their regular meals if they are already used to eating chunks.
  • Try other small game birds or rabbit. They might hate chicken but love Cornish game hens or quail.
  • Use your cat's natural instinct to copy. If you have one cat that will eat raw meaty bones, give it one when all your cats are hungry and let the others watch. They know that cat has something good. After they show some interest get out another and see if they'll go for it. I know this sounds a bit unusual, but I've seen it work.
 
Margaret Gates is the founder the Feline Nutrition Foundation.
Read more at http://feline-nutrition.org/nutrition/how-to-transition-your-cat-to-a-raw-diet 
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Acid Reflux in Dogs and Cats


Acid Reflux

Acid Reflux, in dogs, cats, and other pets, is often referred to as GERD, which is the abbreviation of its more technical name – gastroesophageal reflux disease. Veterinarians often refer to this condition in animals as esophagitis. Although sometimes confused with gastritis, or esophagitis, and can be related, there is an important difference.  This article will help to clarify this, as well as explain Acid Reflux in pets, the symptoms, and treatment options.
cat eating grassPeople tend to believe that it is not critical what animals eat. It may be surprising to learn that some of the things we suffer from as humans are identical to what our pets are experiencing, and may require similar remedies as well.
Technical Description:
GER, or gastroesophageal reflux, occurs when the contents of liquid and/or food flow backwards from the stomach, and into the esophagus, the muscular tube connecting the mouth to the stomach. Gastric acids, which contain hydrochloric acid, are formed in the stomach, and when Acid Reflux occurs, the gastric acid mixed with food and/or liquid is what can cause irritation to the esophagus.
This involuntary and uncontrollable reversal of stomach content can be a result of many things. When the sphincter muscle in the lower esophagus close to the stomach is weakened or damaged, this leaking of stomach contents can be more predominant. Along with hydrochloric acid, the flow of content may also contain bile salts, and other GI juices that add to irritation.
GERD is the disease attributed to regular irritation due to Acid Reflux. As a periodic, or possibly chronic condition, various degrees of esophageal inflammation may result, from mild inflammation, to severe damage to deeper layers of the esophagus. The inflammation, identified by the “-itis,” in gastritis and esophagitis, is specifically the condition of damaged tissue, swelling and inflammation caused by the Acid Reflux.

What causes Acid Reflux?:

The list of potential causes for Acid Reflux is extensive. The more common ones range from professionally administered treatments, to daily diets.
Any procedure requiring anesthetic application that allows the sphincter muscle of an animal to relax should be monitored carefully by a professional. Proper positioning of the animal during the procedure is also critical. Also, proper fasting prior to anesthetic procedures is very important.
Certain breeds of dogs and cats can have a genetic predisposition to Acid Reflux. For instance, Brachycephalic breeds, which have short noses and flat faces (dogs – Bulldogs, Terriers, Boxers; cats – Himalayan, Persian. Etc.), are more susceptible to GERD.
Actual physical conditions, such as a hiatal hernia in the upper portion of the stomach, or megaesophagus (See Megaesophagus for more information), which alludes to an enlarged esophagus and improper functioning of the esophagus muscles, can result in Acid Reflux.
Diet is always a concern. A meal that has very high fat content, or a similar regular diet can trigger the reflux process. As well, the problem can be the result of simple overeating.
One must keep in mind that persistent vomiting is also associated with life-threatening diseases such as intestinal obstruction and peritonitis. Seek professional consultation in all cases where the cause of persistent vomiting is not known.

Symptoms and Signs:

The easiest signs to recognize do not necessarily mean that your pet has GERDS or Acid Reflux. The following are things that may pertain to your animal’s condition that may be attributed to Acid Reflux, and can be readily observed.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Regurgitation of food or chronic vomiting
  • Gagging after eating
  • Burping
  • Lethargy and inactivity after eating
  • Excessive Salivating or drooling
  • Eating grass, plastics, and other unusual substances
Your dog, cat, or other pet may not be able to convey their problems to you the way people would. However, with diligent observation a lot can be determined. For instance, your animal may be having pain when swallowing, or it could be ongoing, resulting in crying, whining, or howling. They may be lethargic, and noticeably inactive after eating. You may find them with their heads hanging over the food or water bowl, but not partaking. They may be wandering nervously for no apparent reason, or pacing back and forth. Hence, any behavior that is abnormal may be held in suspicion, and could be an indication of an Acid Reflux issue.
Hopefully, you will know your pet better than anyone, and will spot any “red flags,” or obvious signs of distress. But, it is best not to jump to conclusions, or rely on non-professional diagnosis. Any symptoms should be considered as alerts for seeking professional help.

Diagnosis:

Taking the next step to determine if your pet has Acid Reflux will be to arrange an appointment with your veterinarian. Your vet will start with a simple examination. However, if there is suspicion of an Acid Reflux problem, your vet may suggest a range of tests, including blood and urine analysis, or a chest x-ray. If these tests are still inconclusive, and advanced testing is required, a vet may perform a fluoroscopy (x-ray), or esophagoscopy (viewing scope), to get a better look at the conditions of the esophagus for determining the cause of symptoms.

Treatment:

Irvine Compounding Pharmacy recommends a treatment called Cisapride, which is a medication for dogs and cats. For Acid Reflux, Cisapride can help with the regulation of motility, or regular pace of muscular contractions that control the passing of food in the stomach, allowing for better digestion, and a decrease in excess acid generation. Barring anything unusual, such as a hernia, or a foreign body lodged in the stomach, intestines, or elsewhere, the Cisapride treatment can be very effective, and is often complimented with an adjusted diet. Invariably, a low fat, low protein diet is recommended. Reducing the fat consumption encourages the strengthening of the sphincter, while reducing the protein limits the generation of excess stomach acid. It also may require a change in feeding schedule, frequency and quantity. Smaller portions given more often will help the healing process. Also, specific attention to food composition will be essential. Some vets prescribe antacids in the diet. However, some animals are allergic or sensitive to these.
The presence of Acid Reflux in our pets can very elusive to recognize. Imagining a cat encountering a hairball, or a dog having issues with digesting a bone are much easier than conceiving of more complicated problems. Let’s remember to let the qualified professionals do the official diagnosing, while we stick to adding the love and devotion in exchange for the purring and wagging tails.