Whether you call it irritable bowel syndrome in dogs, canine IBD, inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal inflammation, there is a tried and true remedy.
We're going to look at this holistically; meaning what the symptoms are telling us and what can we do to help our dogs reverse this problem permanently.
If you want a cure-all pill to give your dog, you're barking up the wrong tree. Holistic means 'whole body'. While drugs can be excellent at stopping symptoms, if we don't reverse the problem, our dog just isn't going to conquer this on her own.
So let’s start at the beginning; with the cause of irritable bowel syndrome in dogs and the other closely related ailments.
Afterward I'll explain the benefits of herbal medicine as natural remedies for dogs.
First I'd like to share two quotes that have inspired me. Consider the time these were written:
If you haven't guessed, I'm going to talk about food first which has cumulative effects. Commercial dog foods are NOT fresh foods.
Dogs can certainly survive on these foods but not thrive. Why? They are overcooked, over processed and then stored for lengthy periods of time before eaten.
Dog foods have a plethora of additives which would take me an entire course to explain. (In fact I do in both my treats class and food class). These include vitamins and minerals from a premix which is purchased by the dog food manufacturer. Nearly all premixes are manufactured in China or India where costs and standards are very low. (Legally, that does not have to appear on the dog food label.)
Many of these substances your dog's body sees as toxins, not vitamins so it tries to purge them.
Over time it gets harder and harder to do that so...
The intestines try to get rid of the toxins through inflammation and diarrhea. Without a diet change it worsens as with every additional vaccination. Next comes bloody diarrhea and our dog’s gut is so raw they are ripe for infection.
Now our poor baby is really in a pickle. Traditional vets prescribe prednisone to reduce the swelling of canine inflammatory bowel disease. And let’s not forget the antibiotics to cure or prevent infection.
As soon as he or she is taken off these dog meds, the problem comes right back. Why? Because the underlying reason has not been addressed!
It's time to help your dog to heal herself.
Important note: If
your dog is on Prednisone do NOT quit cold turkey. This drug MUST be
tapered off slowly or it can kill your dog. There are herbal anti
inflammatories which work quite well, without the side effects. I'll list one below.
Simply put, whether it’s irritable bowel syndrome in dogs or IBD, the body needs a break! After all, if you scratched an itch until it was raw, would you cure it by continuing to scratch it? Heck no, you would leave it alone while applying something to soothe it so it will heal itself!
The digestive system has what is called a gastrocolic reflex. This empties the colon each time the stomach fills.
you wonder how long to fast your food loving canine? Wondering how
you can continue to look into those big brown eyes at dinnertime and
just say no? The minimum is 12 hours. Twenty four to 48 hours is better unless your dog is obviously underweight.
It goes without saying that plenty of fresh clean water is a must during the fast. And for heavens sake, NO chlorinated water! See Water for Dogs if you need ideas for filtering etc.
meat, organs and bones ares much easier on a dog’s digestive system and far more nutritious to
boot. Visit my raw dog food recipes page to learn about it.
If feeding raw makes you really uncomfortable or you just can’t do it for some reason, get a super high quality dog food without that long list of chemical additives.
dog food is hard on the system so if you go this route soak it in water
before serving. This will help avoid UTIs, crytals and kidney problems.
Now that we have removed the irritants, it's time to let the body heal itself naturally and without side effects.
First we choose a natural antibiotic; a natural anti inflammatory; add enzymes to help the body break down the food; probiotics to reseed the intestinal tract with helpful bacteria and repair damaged intestinal lining. Doesn't this make more sense?
It won't happen overnight but it WILL happen. Simply follow the process.
Here's what those who get my personal coaching purchase through me.
These are all Natures Sunshine Products and as a dog health coach, the only products I use.
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The body produces new cells constantly. By using these natural remedies for dogs, the body will grow new healthy cells to replace the bad ones and with some patience, you will have a healthy dog.
I have explained the best I can on this page so you don't have to pay my coaching fee. If you purchase these products through ThreeLittlePittiesNSP, simply contact me afterward and I will give you the correct doses for your dog once I know age, breed and weight.
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Here's Olive. I fell in love with this dog. It doesn't matter that I didn't meet her in person. I heard so much about her through her owner I felt I knew her.
In a relentless pursuit to find a cure, Olive's owner contacted me and Sandra King of Dog Nutrition Naturally. Together, we went through the process. Violet was a rescue from a puppy mill that came with lots of challenges. Talk about happy endings. I love it!
I wish that for you as well.