digestion

 

We all get our digestive systems out of whack, when we eat something that is tainted, too rich for our system, or something that is not good for us.  Our pets are no different, especially if they have been impounded and then rescued or adopted by you.

The following three items are an indispensable part of “digestive distress” first aid kit, and I always keep it stocked especially since I pull dogs from “death row.”  These dogs are usually in pretty bad condition when they’re impounded, and in worse shape when they leave.  The first thing that always suffers is their digestive system.  They eat unhealthy junk, anything they can get, when they’re homeless and fending for themselves on the street, and in the animal control facility, they’re fed the cheapest food which is seldom very nutritious.

Their first few days with you can be alarming with the diarrhea, and possible vomiting, or even blood and mucous in their feces, which does not always indicate parvo . . . when in doubt, always check with your veterinarian. . . THERE IS A TEST TO CONFIRM A PARVO VIRUS.

Ninety percent of the dogs I rescue have a slight case of the “runs” and thanks to my little kit, it usually clears up in 1-2 days.

 

Bio-K  Plus Probiotic

This is a powerful probiotic that is just as beneficial for humans as it is for dogs.  It really help to settle and balance the intestinal flora and is the first step in a healthy digestive system.

Activated Charcoal

When we were kids and had upset stomachs, especially if it involved vomiting, my mom would fix us dark, almost charred toast with black tea.  I remember not wanting to eat anything else but this, until my stomach was settled.  This “old world” recipe translates into today’s activated charcoal.  It is 100% alkaline and has the ability to bind toxins . . . especially useful with diarrhea.

Chamomile Tea

To cover all bases, since the digestive organs work together, this tea is perfect for helping the stomach and is also a natural sedative . . . especially useful for an animal (or owner!) in distress.

Last of all, a small syringe helps to deliver the tea and probiotic easily into your pet’s mouth.  Don’t squirt it directly down their throat, but squirt it gently into their cheek.  This way they will swallow it on their own.

(Two of Annie’s puppies (Gemma and Jasper) were watching me use the syringe to give my little Maltese, Lucia, some of the probiotic. . . they were right there checking out her mouth.  When I walked back to the counter, I refilled the syringe, and they eagerly ran behind me with their mouths  open like little sparrows . . . they  were overjoyed to get some probiotic.   . . did NOT have to do the cheek thing with them. )

It also helps to keep a bottle of some type of electrolyte solution like Pedialyte or one of the Powerade drinks, especially if they have diarrhea.

And as a final caveat, NONE OF THESE SHOULD EVER REPLACE A VETERINARIAN’S DIAGNOSIS, especially if you suspect that they have ingested something dangerous, and/or the agitation or pain are severe.  My rule of thumb is if the digestive disturbance involves their refusal of or turning away from their favorite food (like rotisserie chicken), a phone call to the vet is in order.

Happy “digesting” to you and your pet(s)!!

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