DIGESTIVE DISORDERS IN CATS- vomiting, diarrhea and gastric distress
If your cat is suffering from chronic diarrhea, vomiting or intestinal upset it is important to see your veterinarian to rule out parasites and bacterial infections as well as more serious disease states like intestinal cancer or liver disease.
That being said, many intestinal issues, including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and digestive issues that have not responded to traditional medicines, often respond well to nutritional therapy.
The standard protocol for dealing with IBD or a non-diagnosed digestive problem is to do a drug trial. The most commonly prescribed drugs are Metronidazole and Sulfasalazine. Although these treatments are sometimes necessary to provide critical relief, they have potential side effects and are not recommended for long-term use. In addition, the relief is typically temporary, since the cause of irritation has not been addressed.
Digestive issues like IBD and IBS are not just uncomfortable for your cat and an inconvenience for you, they can lead to other health problems. Sufficient nutrients fail to enter your cat's system, either as a result of inflammation blocking absorption or due to food passing through the intestines too quickly for the nutrients to be absorbed. This starvation of essential nutrients can compromise the immune system and set up the conditions for future illness. Getting to the root of your cat's digestive distress is vital for long-term health.
At Pet Nutri-Systems we encourage a proactive approach to pet health. It is the best way to protect our pets and keep them healthy. If your cat is currently experiencing digestive issues, we offer well-researched products and information that give much needed support when your friend needs it most. By following the proper guidelines to intestinal health today you give your cat the best advantage for the future.
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What causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
The pathology of IBD is not well understood but it is thought to be a reaction to chronic irritation. Genetics, nutrition, infectious agents and abnormalities of the immune system may all have an effect. Food allergies or intolerances often play an important role in IBD. In fact, many cats improve greatly once the allergen(s) is identified and eliminated.
What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
IBS is quite different form IBD in that it is thought to be largely brought on by stress. A diagnosis of IBS is usually made when all other causes of vomiting or diarrhea are ruled out. However, you can look for clues. If events like boarding, traveling, vet visits, etc. tend to bring on episodes, there is a good chance you are dealing with IBS.
Fortunately IBS sufferers can often benefit from the same intestine calming and immune strengthening remedies that are indicated for IBD.