About Francisco DiPolo, DVM, CVA
The holiday season—or, what we consider late October through early January—is once more upon us. But before you break out the candy, turkey, champagne, or whatever else you have the tendency to overindulge in, keep in mind this season can hold some danger for your pets.
Next, I’d like to explain how I approach Leaky Bowel Syndrome when treating patients. The first aspect of improving an animal’s intestinal environment involves making dietary changes. Every pet has a different level of reactivity to food borne allergens, so finding out your pet’s specific food allergies may require some watchful experimentation.
One effect of animal domestication is that by providing our pets with easy access to food and shelter, we have altered their ability to engage in their natural repertoire of behaviors. Meaning, while trying to be good pet parents, we are in a sense denying our pets one of the most primal activities of any living creature: working for food.
Leaky Bowel Syndrome is a problem that develops in dogs when the animal’s intestinal wall is unable to retain bacteria inside the intestinal tract. This allows toxins and bacteria to migrate from the vascular system to other organs in the body. Some indications that your pet may have Leaky Bowel include chronic skin infections, intermittent diarrhea, lethargy, and more.
We get a lot of questions from pet owners about the best collars and leashes for dogs and cats. It can be confusing, because pet collars come in a wide variety of styles and materials. To simplify things, we summarized our recommendations:
Unlike dogs, cats have a tendency to hide their illnesses. This mechanism has evolved to make them appear less vulnerable in the wild. Unfortunately, though, this ability to conceal their discomfort makes it difficult to identify when your cat is not feeling well and you should take him to the vet. Here are some signs that your pet may have something going on internally that you should be concerned about: