You were inquiring if any other readers had found any effective remedies for inflammatory bowel disease. I had a cat that had diarrhea since he was weaned.I read veterinary and herbal books searching for a cause and cure. While experimenting with his diet, I discovered he was allergic to fish. This solved the problem somewhat, but he still had weekly bouts of diarrhea. I read that valerian root could relax and soothe an irritated intestinal tract and that cats like the taste, so I treated him twice a day with this when he had diarrhea and once a day when he showed no symptoms. He lived to be 11 years old, most of the time symptom-free!One other success for herbal medicine was a cat I had with liver problems. He was tested by my veterinarian and found to have elevated liver enzymes, but no treatment was offered. I'd heard of experiments with milk thistle on humans in Europe, so I tried it on my cat. I gave him 1/2 dropper of a diluted solution of milk thistle in water tincture twice a day for 10 days for a mo
K.B., Houston, TX Dec 31, 2006
Many holistic veterinarians are using the kinds of herbal medicines you mentioned (and a host of others) to good effect for a variety of conditions in cats and dogs. I do not, however, encourage people to experiment with these products without veterinary supervision.Cats and dogs suffering from hepatitis benefit from milk thistle and nutraceutical supplements like vitamin E, selenium, L-carnitine, alpha-lipoic acid and S-adenosylmethionine. They are also excellent supplements for geriatric animals. All animals benefit from fresh, unprocessed whole foods certified as "organic."
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