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28/Jun/2024

Chronic small intestinal gastroenteritis/enteritis in pets is a common condition that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of animals and their owners.

This pathology is characterized by prolonged inflammation of the small intestine, which can result in persistent symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and nutrient malabsorption. In this article, we will address the management of chronic gastroenteritis and highlight the role of nutraceuticals, particularly Dr+Vet’s Digestum, in the treatment of this condition.

Causes and Diagnosis of Chronic Enteritis

Chronic enteritis can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacterial, parasitic or viral infections, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), food intolerances, and autoimmune diseases. Diagnosis usually requires a combination of clinical history, physical examinations, laboratory tests (hematology, blood chemistry), fecal analysis, imaging tests (x-rays, ultrasounds), and, in some cases, endoscopy with intestinal biopsies and fecal cultures.

Management of Chronic Enteritis

Management of chronic small intestinal enteritis usually involves a combination of dietary modifications, drug therapy, and, increasingly, the use of nutraceuticals. Dietary strategies may include elimination diets, hypoallergenic diets, and high-fiber diets. Drug therapy may include antibiotics, immunosuppressants, and anti-inflammatory agents.

The Role of Nutraceuticals in the Management of Chronic Enteritis

Nutraceuticals have gained popularity as a complementary treatment option due to their safety profile and the potential benefits they offer. Digestum from Dr+Vet is a nutraceutical specifically formulated to support intestinal health in cases of chronic enteritis. Let’s look at the key components of Digestum and its benefits:

Plasma Proteins

Plasma proteins have been shown to have positive effects on intestinal and general immunity. They work by modulating the immune response, which can help reduce intestinal inflammation and improve mucosal integrity. Plasma proteins can also stimulate cell proliferation and repair of damaged tissues. The concentrations of plasma proteins in Digestum exceed the minimum recommended daily intake, ensuring its effectiveness in the intestine of pets.

Hemp Flour

Hemp flour is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it contains fiber, which can help regulate intestinal transit and improve stool consistency. Hemp flour is also a good source of plant proteins and antioxidants, which can support the animal’s overall health.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Prebiotics, such as fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), are non-digestible fibers that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine. Probiotics (enterococci faecium) are live microorganisms that, administered in adequate quantities, confer health benefits to the host. The combination of prebiotics and probiotics in Digestum helps maintain a healthy balance of the intestinal microbiota, which is crucial for good digestion and nutrient absorption.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is known for its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. In the context of chronic enteritis, aloe vera can help reduce gastric inflammation and promote healing of the intestinal mucosa. In addition, it has immunomodulatory properties that can benefit animals with immune dysfunctions.

Vitamins B9 and B12

Vitamins B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin) are essential for DNA synthesis and red blood cell production. In animals with chronic enteritis, there may be malabsorption of these vitamins, which may contribute to anemia and general weakness. Supplementation with these vitamins in Digestum helps prevent these deficiencies and maintain the general health of the animal.

Benefits of Digestum in the Management of Chronic Enteritis

Digestum offers a comprehensive formulation that addresses multiple aspects of intestinal health. Its components work synergistically to reduce inflammation, improve the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, and support general immunity. This can result in a reduction in clinical symptoms, improved nutrient absorption, and an overall improvement in the animal’s quality of life.

Summary of Digestum Benefits:

Reduction of intestinal and gastric inflammation: thanks to hemp flour and aloe vera.

Improvement of intestinal and general immunity: through plasma proteins.

Support for the intestinal microbiota: with the combination of prebiotics and probiotics.

Prevention of vitamin deficiencies: with the supplementation of vitamins B9 and B12.

Conclusion

Chronic small intestinal gastroenteritis/enteritis is a complex condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach to management. Nutraceuticals, such as Digestum from Dr+Vet, offer a valuable and safe option to complement traditional therapeutic strategies. By incorporating natural and scientifically supported ingredients, Digestum can help improve the intestinal health and overall well-being of pets suffering from this debilitating condition.

For veterinarians, it is crucial to stay up to date on the latest research and products available that can improve the care and quality of life of their patients. Digestum represents an effective and accessible tool to address the challenges associated with chronic small intestinal enteritis, providing an additional option in the veterinarian’s therapeutic arsenal.


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