Natural Remedies Excerpt
‘Diarrhea and Vomiting
There are two kinds of diarrhea: acute or chronic. The acute form often relates to “garbage gut”. Your animal has eaten something that has upset the stomach. If this continues longer than a day, see your veterinarian for an examination and fecal test, particularly if the animal is am outdoor type.
A sudden diet change can bring on diarrhea. Always make your switches slowly, over a period of ten days or more.
In any case of a persistent problem, whatever the cause, see a veterinarian. The problem often relates to inflammatory bowel disease and food allergies and can be caused or triggered by vaccinations. Many cases can be resolved with a homemade diet without chemical additives or special limited antigen diets. sold by veterinarians.
Parasites such as Giardia (protoza) can cause a horrendous watery and smelly diarrhea and can be picked up by drinking contaminated water. Giardia is prevalent in water coming out of the Rockies.
Many holistic veterinarians recommend probiotics for diarrhea. Probiotics are nutritional supplements, available at all health food stores, that contains billions of beneficial bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Many strains of beneficial bacteria are normally present in the gut and perform numerous functions critical to health, including the production of important Enzymes, containment of pathological microorganisms, and protection against the formation of cancerous substances. Frequently animals become depleted as a result of taking medications and antibiotics. Antibiotics not only destroy pathogenic bacteria, but also devastate the population of good bacteria. The loss of these beneficial microorganisms can cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver problems, immune imbalances, and allergies.
There is no exact science for dosing. In general, give your cat the equivalent of about 3 to 6 billion microorganisms twice a day. Monitor your animal closely, and reduce the dose or discontinue the product if problems arise. There may be some individual variation in response. Some patients may be unable to accept a higher dose. This is likely owning to the overall health and condition of the digestive tract. A problem could indicate the presence of other digestive disorders that need to be identified by a veterinarian. It is a good idea to obtain a stool evaluation to determine bacterial status. A reevaluation of the stool after the probiotic has been given for some time is also useful to asses whether bacterial balance has improved.
The “Fast Solution” – Charles Loops, DVM
The large majority of diarrhea and vomiting situations resolve in twenty-four hours if you fast the animal. If the problem is diarrhea, provide only liquid for the twenty-four hours. If the animal is vomiting, do not give any food or liquid.
Be observant. If the diarrhea or vomiting are severe and continuing, see a veterinarian.
Baby Food after the Fast – Jean Hofve, DVM
The simplest solution for acute diarrhea is to withhold food for about twenty-four hours and then start the animal back on something bland, such as baby food. Any of the baby meat food is a wonderful remedy for initiating the eating process after the fast. Cats will eat it when they are too sick to eat anything else. But read the label. The product cannot have onion powder – this is toxic to cats. It will cause anemia if you feed enough of it. Baby food is not balanced and should not be relied on for long-term use, but merely as a transition to regular food.’ [...]