Dog and cat Intestine
The intestine, a stranger
The intestine is divided into two parts, the small intestine and the large intestine (also known as the colon). The first part is the longest and completes the digestion, the second reabsorbs the water and mineral salts and allows the formation of the feces to take place. Just think of the fact that about 40% of the stool is composed of intestinal cells that have completed their life cycle (only five days on average). It may seem incredible but this is the situation, because this organ’s operation is much more complex than one might believe. And please note that, based on what discovered in the last 20 years, the intestine is considered the second brain. There are interactions and characteristics which we still know little or nothing about concerning this digestive system, which is more than just that.
The example of serotonin
A simple example: did you know that more than 90% of serotonin, a neutral emitter that regulates mood, is secreted in the intestine? And that an incorrect diet inflames it and prevents the formation of this very important neurotransmitter, causing very serious behavioral disorders in dogs and cats? The most serious of these disorders is unpredictability, an attitude that generates very serious problems as it prevents the owner from knowing if their pet will behave sociably or aggressively when meeting other animals, children or adults. But there are several others, such as impulsiveness, exaggerated excitability, continuous barking or even destructiveness if left alone, inappropriate urination or defecation, continuous exploration of the body, the environment or people, sleeping disorders and fear of thunder, which can lead to a state of terror ending up in the destruction of window frames or other furnishings.
How much chemistry must the intestine face up to!
The poor intestine, structured to handle natural food, is more or less continuously subjected to unknown molecules, preservatives, dyes, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, antifungals, dioxins, heavy metals, pesticides and so on. The result? It ends up with devastated bacterial flora and altered enzymes, causing frequent stomach twisting, vomiting with or without food, exaggerated swelling, belching, constant desire for grass, extreme colitis, diarrhea or flatulence, constipation or a continuous variation in the consistency, volume, odor and color of the stool. In short, a nice mess, which drugs of course cannot resolve.
If the cause is not eliminated
The reason is simple: to solve the problem one must remove the cause, and the only truly effective method is intervening with the diet. It’s worth noting that, up until the 1960s, food was our principal medicine, but thereafter the oncome of chemical abuse in all human activities has led it to become the principal poison.
What can we do?
Though not easy, we can adopt a series of measures which will allow this vital organ to regain its functional balance. The first is to eliminate the most poisoned foods, especially meat resulting from intensive breeding, the number one enemy affecting dog and cat health (and, most probably, also ours). Raw materials of biological origin are also helpful.
We can use biological raw materials, which are certainly better than traditional ones; they will also be contaminated, but to a lesser degree. The proof lies in the fact that dogs and cats eating organic food don’t suffer those inflammatory diseases which generally disturb them especially when eating pet food based on intensively farmed meat. Sea-caught fish, staying with blue fish (sardines, anchovies, herring) with very limited risks of mercury and arsenic, is, along with organic meat, the protein source which guarantees the best quality of life for dogs and cats, which can be seen from the fact that animals fed accordingly reach old age in a much better state than those using any other protein source. A careful and constant thirty-year experience attests to the validity of the proposed model, although sporadic and logical exceptions do of course exist.
The appearance of the feces, a very precise thermometer
Another simple proof lies in the compactness and low amount of feces emitted by dogs and cats feeding on sea-caught fish. And it is exactly the compact and scarce stools which represent the ideal thermometer confirming the validity of the suggested dietary model, allowing a vital organ such as the intestine to perform its task as nature intended.
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:
- 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
- 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
- Stomach pain
- Low body temperature
- Breathing difficulties
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
- 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.