We deal with problems like Constipation frequently with numerous clients from all over the country. Our experience with issues like this has helped us become one of the few places people can go for answers to help solve tough issues with their dogs and cats.
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Our Natural Constipation Protocol
From our experience there is no single miracle cure for a particular disease state. That is why we use a variety of supplements that all have different effects on the body to produce resolution of the imbalance. The important thing here is that they are TRULY all-natural, whole food nutrients that require little energy by the body to utilize, provide a big nutritional punch and have no scary side-effects! This is especially true when dealing with sometimes hard to alleviate conditions.
Recommendation #1 - Support and Soothe the Digestive Tract
Constipation is generally the result of poor motility related to dehydration, poor diet, poor digestion or a sedentary lifestyle. We would like to address all of these issues, but our first course of action is to address what is happening in the digestive tract with all cases of constipation. This involves the following:
- Support the secretion of bile by the liver and gallbladder that acts as a gentle, natural laxative
- Increase transit time through the digestive tract so we get less hard stool
- Create bulk to help stimulate peristalsis (natural muscle contractions)
- Retain moisture since constipation can be caused by dehydration
- Replace beneficial bacteria that have been shown in studies to help eliminate constipation
Constipation Relief Formula for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #2 - Improve Digestion with Plant Enzymes and Probiotics
Since constipation can have many causes, we can not be certain what causes this condition in your dog or cat. But one thing we can be certain of is that promoting better digestion and maintaining thriving colonies of beneficial flora lining the digestive tract will result in a healthier dog or cat. Enzymes will help your animal digest their food quicker and more thoroughly and probiotics have numerous benefits for not only better digestion but a healthier immune system and protection against invading organisms.
Enzymes and Probiotics for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #3 - Acidify the Gut for Optimum Digestion
Many animals we see are having problems with hypochloridia, or low stomach acid output. Feeding a kibble diet raises the alkalinity of your pet's stomach resulting in incomplete digestion, but dogs and cats can have problems properly digesting other foods as well. This contributes to many imbalances in the body. In order to acidify the gut many people use apple cider vinegar. We prefer our Probiotic Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is rich in lactic acid that creates an optimal environment for digestion as opposed to acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.
Probiotic Digestive Tonic for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #4 - Provide Whole Food Nutrients and Antioxidants
When your dog or cat is suffering with an imbalance there will be an increase in free radical production that can further damage tissue and cause premature aging and possibly other disease. So, we want to provide your animal with high quality antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals and other nutrients to aid the body's healing and rebuilding processes. Nutrients from whole food sources are more readily utilized by your pet's body and don't place an extra burden on the liver and kidneys as do synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Biopreparation Microalgae for Dogs and Cats
and/or one of the following:
Male Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats
Female Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #5 - Provide a Healthy Diet
Diet plays an important role in your animal's long term health. Feeding a raw whole food diet is the biologically appropriate way to feed an animal. If you do not want to feed raw, or can't for some reason, then sticking as close to whole food as possible is always best. An animal that suffers with recurring bouts of constipation is almost certainly having problems digesting kibble pet food.
View our recommendations here:
How to Feed Your Dog
How to Feed Your Cat
If this all seems complicated, and you would like personal guidance dealing with constipation for your dog or cat, we would be happy to help. Philip is a Master Herbalist who specializes in conditions such as this. He will provide you with a holistic protocol specifically for your animal. If you would like personal guidance please click here: Pet Health Consultation.