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The differences between Colitis and Enterocolitis

Very frequently, dogs and cats suffer more or less serious intestinal disorders, and the ...

Colitis: what's that?

Colitis, also known as chronic inflammatory disease, is a more serious pathology, and the intervention of a specialist is necessary for its diagnosis. Dogs and cats suffering from colitis tend to lose weight, have cyclical bouts of diarrhea even with blood, often there is vomiting involved and the animal has colic and severe pain. In short, an ugly beast, which among other things, has never had a valid pharmacological solution. But what is obvious: if the underlying cause is the food, just finding the right food formula can resolve the situation. I can safely confirm that, at present, there is only one really practical solution for colitis, known scientifically as I.B.D. (Inflammatory Bowels Disease).

Not that it will heal it, but the solution that we have identified in collaboration with the gastroenterologist Dr. Graziano Pengo, Forza10 Colon Diet is really effective and allows almost all who are affected to live in a normal state, and without significant symptoms, if not with a normal number of daily bowel movements, at least solid, and greater than usual.

Colitis and Enterocolitis: how can we recognize this pathologies?

Very frequently, dogs and cats suffer more or less serious intestinal disorders, and the cause, for a change, is most often the food, and depending on the sensitivity of the subject, it may be the first part of the intestine (small intestine) or the second (large intestine). The symptomatology is quite different, and just in case, it may need the intervention of a veterinarian. You should, however, be able to recognize the symptoms to understand the urgency of the case. If the dog or cat experiences sudden diarrhea, this is almost always due to an inflammation of the small intestine.

Inflammation is always a defense reaction, and the enemy is very easily a toxic substance ingested voluntarily or involuntarily. If diarrhea appears suddenly after being out walking with the dog in an unfamiliar area, the cause may have been something toxic that he/she found and swallowed. If the symptom is limited to diarrhea, it is very unlikely that the substance is dangerous. Diarrhea is the natural mechanism for expelling it from the body.

There are plants whose leaves and flowers are toxic to dogs: in first place is the oleander, but even the poinsettia, azaleas, ivy and bulb plants (lily, iris, hyacinth and narcissus). Take in consideration, that the probability of a plant being the cause of the animal’s illness is definitely not high, but it still should not be underestimated. Keep in mind that a very toxic substance almost always also causes vomiting and that the animal feels really sick overall. All signs that spontaneously induce the owner to rush to the vet, to set the right therapy, and rightly so. If instead, the diarrhea appears suddenly and without there having been the possibility of ingestion of foreign substances, the focus should be shifted to food, analyzing what had been given to the animal different in the hours preceding the appearance of the diarrhea and/or vomiting. Do not go beyond the last meal, as those others are not to be blamed. The enemies are the usual suspects. I believe that all those who follow me know them by heart by now, but I repeat for the new followers: sausages, frankfurters, hamburgers, nuggets and sausages in general, but also bones and pieces of seemingly innocent bits of flesh can be the cause. Obviously it is not the meat itself but what it has inside of it (antibiotic residues especially become toxic in the body of chickens, turkeys, pigs and cattle). Even treats can be the cause, as always, because they contain meat meal from factory farming. Food diarrhea is distinguished from an infectious diarrhea, because the animal is not worn down and there is no evidence of fever. Even if it becomes chronic, usually it does not create visible damage, and very often the animal does not appear slim nor does it become dehydrated. This is because diarrhea is the only way to eliminate the toxic organism quickly.

Dr. Sergio Canello

Forza10 Founder and Head of SANYpet’s Research and Development Department Veterinary surgeon and international expert in food-borne diseases

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Urinary Tract Infections in cats, also known as “UTIs” are caused by colonized bacteria in the urinary tract. The UTI can affect the cat’s urinary system, bladder, and urethra. This type of infection can be particularly painful for your cat and symptoms can sometimes be associated with other health concerns such as kidney failure. It is very important to recognize the symptoms early as some cases of this condition can be fatal. 


How To Tell if Your Cat May Have a UTI


If you think that your cat may have a urinary tract infection it is important to find out in order to have it treated as soon as possible. We have included a list of symptoms for you to watch out for. If you recognize these symptoms you should seek veterinary assistance. While UTIs affect both male and female cats, some cats may be at higher risk than others such as cats that are older, overweight, or have diabetes. 


UTI Symptoms and Warning Signs for Cats:

  • Fever
  • Urinating is done in short bursts rather than a continuous stream
  • Spending more time than usual in the litter box
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Crying or whining while urinating
  • Your cat is urinating before it can get to the litter box
  • Urine with any trace of blood
  • Excessive licking of the genital area
  • Unusual discomfort around the rear area when touched or pet
  • The cat is lethargic 
  • Urine smell is stronger than normal 


Why Is My Cat Having Frequent Urinary Tract Infections?

There are many reasons why your cat may be suffering from repeat UTIs, some may be preventable. While there is no way to guarantee your cat will not have another UTI, there may be some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of it happening. In some cases the cause could simply be the age of your cat. While there is nothing that can be done about that, other variables like the cat’s diet can be modified to help. 

Other causes of UTIs in Cats:

  • Poor hygiene near the genitile area 
  • Bladder stones
  • External or Internal Injuries
  • Tumors
  • FIV, also known as feline immunodeficiency virus


What Can I Do To Prevent Or Reduce The Likelihood of a UTI in my Cat?

No cat owner wants to see their beloved pet suffer from a UTI. To keep your cat feeling great and reduce the chances of a UTI occurring, follow these guidelines:

  • Always provide your cat with fresh water
  • Ensure your cat’s litter trays are clean and easily accessible 
  • Keep an extra litter tray available 
  • Maintain a stress-free environment for your cat 

By following these guidelines you can do your part to help keep your cat healthy, happy, and free of urinary tract infections. If you suspect any symptoms, keep an eye on your pet’s behavior, if symptoms persist or worsen, contact your vet. 


Which Remedies or Treatments Can Be Used When Your Cat Has a UTI?

While the severity of the infection plays a key role in what treatments may be used to help your cat when it has a UTI, a minor infection may be treatable at home. 

Due to their acidity, cranberries, just like in humans, may be used to help cure a urinary tract infection. The acidity in the cranberries can be effective at lowering the pH of your cat’s urine, helping to reduce the symptoms, or beat the infection altogether. While you may be tempted to treat your cat’s UTI with cranberry juice, it may be better to use cranberry pills or powder due to the high sugar content of cranberry juice. 

Another treatment option for your cat’s UTI is apple cider vinegar. This also helps reduce the pH in your cat’s urine. Since your cat will most likely not want to eat the apple cider vinegar on its own, you can try adding a half teaspoon to their food each day or mix it with an onion-free broth. 

Before giving your cat cranberries or apple cider vinegar, test their urine for alkaline levels with an at-home kit or specialized cat litter. You can also have the test done professionally by your veterinarian. 

Here are some other products that you can use to help support urinary tract infection in your cat:

If your dog just started throwing up and refusing to eat, it may be nothing to be too concerned about, but just in case, it is good to know the warning signs for pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis is a condition that will need to be treated, sometimes at home but certain circumstances mean it is time to take your pet to the vet. 

The pancreas is a gland within the abdomen that helps digest food and control blood sugar levels. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, this is known as pancreatitis. It is important to be aware of the two types of pancreatitis in dogs, acute and chronic pancreatitis. While acute pancreatitis can be reversed it can come on strong and lead to extreme illness. Chronic pancreatitis occurs when permanent changes have occurred in the pancreatic tissue. 

This means that while a case of pancreatitis can pass on its own after a short period of time, sometimes it can be a lingering issue.  

Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever 
  • Low body temperature
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargic
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat

While some of these symptoms can pass on their own and do not necessarily mean your dog is suffering from pancreatitis, if you see them lasting for more than a day it may be time to consult your veterinarian.

Although your vet may be able to diagnose your dog based on symptoms, they will most likely need to do some testing to be sure. These tests usually consist of either bloodwork or an ultrasound which will allow the vet to see what is going on within the dog’s digestive system. 

The Potential Causes of Pancreatitis in Dogs

Now that we have a better understanding of the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs, it is time to look at what causes it. While the cause of pancreatitis is often unknown, here are some factors that it can frequently be associated with: 

  • A high-fat diet - the likeness of this being a contributing factor is even higher in dogs who eat one large serving of fatty food in a single sitting
  • A poor or unbalanced diet
  • Excessive consumption of human food
  • Dog is overweight 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Severe blunt trauma near the abdomen
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Some medications and toxins  
  • In some instances it could simply be genetics. Some breeds such as Miniature Schnauzers and small terriers may be more likely to suffer from pancreatitis than others. 

It is important to keep these potential causes in mind and to do what you can to avoid any habits that could contribute to your dog developing pancreatitis. Beyond that, veterinarians agree that a diet rich in fiber along with probiotics can be effective in reducing the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs. It may even help them recover sooner in the event that they are already dealing with it. 

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