Re: [FH] Dante
- Hi Jessica,
In a message dated 10/22/08 12:18:53 PM, jessbaiera@... writes:
> Dante recently lost a pound and is having trouble keeping food down. PlusI'm sorry Dante is having problems. What does Dante eat (brand, flavor,
> top it off he started stress scratching- he ripped of a large patch of
> fur and skin.
canned or dry)? Food plays a major role in digestive and skin health...and
"allergens" in food (eg corn, soy, fish, yeast) are primary contributing factors to
such symptoms as vomiting and excessive scratching.
In addition to species-appropriate nutrition, there are ways to help support
the digestive system and skin. Eg, for dig. system upset, there are remedies
such as slippery elm bark (which caregivers also use to help minimize negative
effects of the synthetic medications) and probiotics. Also Standard Process
Feline Enteric Support. To support the skin topically, there are things like
pure aloe vera inner-leaf juice (no sodium benzoate, no aloin, no emodin...like
Lily of the Desert brand), which can help reduce irritation.
> I'm going to switch him to a holistic treatment in hopes it makesAn integrative approach...using appropriate treatments from different
> him feel better and that it might have positive results.
disciplines (conventional and complementary)...gives us more tools to work with in
helping the cats. Eg, a technique such as NAET can help with allergy-type
reactions (to food and other substances). So it's great you're considering that. If
you're looking for an integrative vet to work with, there are a number of
directories...the main one is at www.holisticvetlist.com.
>I think it's wise with cats to generally start small and work up, esp if the
> Would it
> be ok to start with one a day and work up to two?
cat is having dig. problems. It's also important to look at the mg content of
all the ingredients, to make sure that doubling the amt is what you want to do
for all of them...and also check the amts against any other supplement you
plan to give (eg NuCat).
>Yes (in the abstract, altho any cat may react to any combination). I think
> I was also going to order Nu-Cat, as a multivitamin. Is this ok to
> give with the Cardio-strength?
the tablet form of NuCat is less potentially problematic than the liquid or
chews, esp for a cat with dig. problems.
>Some health food stores. It's also sold at such online suppliers as
> Nattokinase-- Anyone know where I can find this?
>VetriScience CardioStrength is a bit light on Q10, at 20mg per capsule. So if
> What else should I be giving him?
you plan on giving more Q10 than 20 (or eventually 40, if you double it), it
might be good to get an extra bottle of Q10.
>VetriScience cannot. But you can order it online...and some integrative vets
> Can these supplements be found in any stores?
carry their products.
> we're limited on the kinds of stores we actually have( no WholeThere aren't a lot of health food stores near me, either...so I generally buy
> Foods, Vitiman Shoppe, etc), but if I can buy these some where, I
> think starting him with them would be sooner the better.
thru an online supplier (for us and the cats, so I can qualify for free
shipping or make the shipping charge worthwhile). // Rosemary
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