Before I get into some of the possible reasons for Cat and Dog diarrhea, here is an immediate solution, which works in over 90% of the cases of diarrhea.
(Important note: Be sure that your pets fluid intake is maintained, so dehydration does not occur. If your pet is dehydrated you can usually encourage him to drink using a syringe. If he is very dehydrated take him to the veterinarian immediately.)
It's always a good idea to have your pet checked out by a holistic vet first. The following information is not intended to substitute for professional veterinarian advice, to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases or medical problems.
Cat and Dog diarrhea is a big deal for many animal owners – so I share a simple solution, which has worked for many. After you have checked with your vet -
Stopping the Diarrhea
Calcium Montmorillonite - Red Desert® Edible Clay
Give your pet 14/th to 1 tsp of edible calcium montmorillonite clay two or three times the first day. You can put the powder in his food, water or make a little mud paste and wipe the clay on their tongue. If it is easier to wipe the clay on the paw for your pet to lick off, or on his tongue – that will work just as well. Be sure to have plenty of water around to avoid dehydration. Use glass or ceramic water bowls, to avoid any possible leaching of toxins from aluminum and plastic containers.
Small animals will need 1/8th a teaspoon of this beautiful clay and larger animals can have up to a teaspoon.
Horses can be given heaping tablespoons at a time.
What the clay will do is quickly bind to toxins, unfriendly bacteria etc. in your pets digestive tract AND remove moisture from the intestines, which will make the waste more solid as it moves through your pets colon. You should see results the next day or two in most cases.
If your pet is on medication, talk with your vet. The clay may bind to the meds, removing them as it would any other toxin. (The high quality calcium montmorillonite does not usually remove vitamins and minerals – just negatively charged toxins). Most of the time medications are taken 2 or 3 hours away from taking the clay.
As featured on Animal Planet - Animals in the wild eat this premium calcium montmorillointe to keep their digestive tracts clean and to remove poisonous toxins they may have eaten, causing them to be sick. Do not feed your pet just any betonite clay– since many of these are sodium montmorillonite clays, which are excellent for external uses, but not to be taken internally.
Possible Reasons for Diarrhea
"Cat or dog diarrhea is often associated with food allergies, but I have also seen it caused by allergies or parasitic infections, which irritate the dog or cats skin, so that he constantly scratches or bites it—all that nervous energy just churns up the bowel."
Digestive challenges are problems that often develop over time and if addressed early, can be reversed safely and effectively, once you understand the cause.
The conventional approach for diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea in our pets is often geared towards controlling symptoms. Unfortunately the drugs used suppress symptoms instead of strengthening the body's ability to heal itself. Utilizing the following information will help you understand some of the causes of cat or dog diarrhea and offer assistance to gently, effectively and safely reverse the symptoms in many cases.
Naturopathic Dr. Lisa Newman PhD wrote in her book Natural Dog ~
"Chronic digestive disorder symptoms can develop into more serious dis-ease, such as bowel, pancreatic, or liver cancer, diabetes and bowel obstruction. Also, the non-assimilation of nutrients may lead to muscle loss and starvation. However, holistic animal care can reverse these issues quickly and effectively.
The #1 underlying cause for these symptoms is a reaction to toxins in mainstream commercial pet food.
First - change your pets diet to high quality, nourishing food. This alone will help tremendously and will eliminate the common source of the problem. Once you understand what by-products are and why your pet's food smells the way it does, it will be easier to change the diet.
High quality ingredients are easy to digest and assimilate and will reduce the burden on the other
organs i.e. the liver, kidneys and the intestines. Have plenty of filtered drinking water available
(never give water from the tap, which contains chlorine and too many contaminants). For guidance in seeking
out high quality pet food, read and print our Pet Nutrition Page and take this information to your
animal health care store, where you can purchase higher quality food.
As mentioned above, diarrhea is a symptom. Years of poor quality food, over vaccinating, chemical shampoos and baths, flea/tick potions and sprays, medications and exposure to chemicals and/or pest control products take a toll on our pets immune system. Often when your pet walks across a beautifully manicured lawn that has just been fertilized or treated with chemical weed killer, he comes inside and licks his paws, ingesting the herbicides and fertilizers spread on the grass.
Before the diarrhea develops into a more serious illness…. change the diet and detoxify their body. (Remember to feed your dog twice a day instead of once, which will be easier on the digestive system, as well as give him energy throughout the day.) When feeding your pet higher quality ingredients remember you will be feeding him less, since there are minimal fillers (most commercial pet foods are nearly 50% fillers).
Second: Proper detoxification. Along with changing the diet, it is vital to cleanse your pet from the inside out (more about what to use below). This is very important for removing the accumulation and toxic build-up of waste matter, from food and parasites as well as drugs, vaccinations, or chemicals and will put your pets body systems back in balance and get the organs functioning as nature intended.
This cleansing process of the intestinal tract will allow your pet to digest and assimilate and absorb the nutrients in the nourishing food that are vital to rebuilding, healing and strengthening the organs and the immune system. Without this step, your furry friends progress will be slower and the results will be less than optimum.
Detoxification will also clear out the build up of preservatives associated with mainstream pet food. The most common preservatives used are ethoxyquin, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). These moisture stabilizers are designed to remove excess moisture from dry pet food causing the intestines to dry out over time, preserving the fecal matter in the intestinal wall where it gets packed….decreasing the function of the intestinal tract.
Changing the diet, water and detoxification alone will clear up many diarrhea problems. For chronic or deeper issues additional assistance
may be needed.
What To Use For Detoxification - cat or dog diarrhea
Calcium montmorillonite clay, herbal and homeopathic remedies all offer excellent solutions to detoxifying the body. All are natural and effective and have proven results.
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay – For cat or dog diarrhea, mix a little of
this clay with the drinking water. It can also be mixed with kibble. This particular clay (after a
bit of research and using it myself) is not only a powerful detoxifier, (if the clay is premium calcium
montmorillonite), it will also provide many of the much needed essential minerals and trace
elements necessary for proper cell function….. and the minerals in this clay are in a readily
absorbable form. This clay is safe for long term use. Race horses, farm animals, koi, show dogs,
zoo animals etc are fed this clay daily for optimum health.
(more info on calcium montmorillonite clay)
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Yucca Intensive – Yucca Root is an outstanding, proven safe, and all natural remedy to reduce the inflammation of the intestinal tract…. Yucca contains steroidal saponins, which are natures most powerful anti- inflammatory agents. For diarrhea, yucca is excellent for soothing irritated intestinal tissues…reducing pain, inflammation and swelling of the digestive tract and bowels and promotes tissue repair. Also good for arthritis, bone and joint problems.
In Conclusion - cat or dog diarrhea
Improving your pets diet, detoxification and supplementation as, needed, will reverse most symptoms of cat or dog diarrhea quickly. The cleaner digestive tract will do a much better job of self-cleansing on a daily basis and old cells will be replaced with new ones. His/her coat will become shinier and his immune system will be stronger. The healing process for your pet will start right away.
Remember each animal responds individually based on the previous diet, the new diet, and how
chronic their condition is. Over time everything can move into a better balance, and gradually the
immune system will get stronger, and your furry companion will be feeling much better.
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The Pet Alternative is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.