What are Digestive Upsets?
Just like us, our pets are often subject to the harmful effects of convenient processed diets, preservatives and additives in food, environmental pollutants, and the stress of modern living. These factors can affect digestive functioning and can result in a number of digestive complaints and upsets.
What Causes Digestive Upsets?
One of the biggest problems causing digestive upsets are the commercial tinned and dried foods that often promote themselves as being the "best" diet for your pet! It often takes a little experimenting with high quality diets to find one that suits your pet’s individual dietary and physical needs.
Table scraps are also sometimes the source of the problem as our pet’s digestive systems are not able to handle many of the foods we eat, especially when they are high in additives, fat and spices. Some pets also seem to have more sensitive stomachs and digestive systems, and may just be prone to a number of digestive problems such as stomach inflammation, frequent vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, constipation, IBS and bloating.
Chronic and acute digestive upsets are unpleasant for both you and your pet and because they are so often resistant to treatment, many pet owners are faced with the helpless feeling of seeing their pet in pain and discomfort, with little idea on how to help them.
Help for Digestive Upsets
Luckily nature has a first aid box filled with the natural herbal and homeopathic ingredients to relieve a number of digestive disorders and upsets. In nature, many animals would instinctively seek out the herbs that would make them feel better, but since our pets do not have easy access to these ingredients, it is up to pet owners to provide them.
Licorice is one such natural ingredient that has outstanding anti-inflammatory properties and works as a very effective tonic for the entire digestive system. Other natural ingredients for digestive upsets include Slippery elm which is an excellent digestive herb and has a long history of use in the treatment of digestive disorders, and Marshmallow which is well known for soothing painful and inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive tract.