What Do You Mean My Dog’s Gut Is Leaking??? PART TWO - Overcoming it in three steps!

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In last week’s blog post we looked at part one of this two part series on LEAKY GUT syndrome- a condition where your dog’s gut lining becomes damaged which leads to a whole range of health issues from allergies, yeast infections, autoimmune disease etc. If you missed the first part, click here to access PART ONE.

So now we know what leaky gut syndrome is, we want to heal it right??  There are really THREE main steps to healing leaky gut and I’ll be taking you through these today. Firstly we want to eliminate the causes, then secondly, repair the damaged gut lining and lastly, rebalance the gut flora (that’s all those good and bad bacteria!) . By implementing these three steps, your dog’s gut will be able to heal and many of those recurring and stubborn health problems that have been plaguing your dog can also start to resolve.

So as we saw last week, leaky gut is connected to a wide range of seemingly unrelated health problems that your dog may be facing right now! Now it’s all well and good to be told your dog’s gut is leaking, but all you really want is to stop that nagging health issue, be it an infection, allergy, gut problem etc and the associated distress that goes with it. We’d all love to be able to wave a magic wand  and for our dog’s to magically heal, but unfortunately this is not likely to happen!  However, by  implementing these three steps, you’ll be well on your way to resolving the problem as the gut heals itself.

1. ELIMINATE:
So, the FIRST step we need to implement is all about ELIMINATING the causes that are TRIGGERING the leaky gut. As we saw last week, there are 5 main causes: processed foods, vaccinations, medications, chemicals and stress. Eliminating these may seem like a tall order so let’s look at how we can achieve this:
*Firstly let’s switch from processed foods that contain grains and legumes to a raw organic diet that is ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Also eliminate dairy products. Of course you can make up your own organic raw diet, but check out The COMPLETE MEAL (click to learn more). This organic and ethical raw dog food is so easy, balanced and convenient and my choice for my own dogs and those of my clients.’

 

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 *We also want to avoid unnecessary vaccinations- opt for a three yearly schedule or better still, use titre testing to check your dog’s immunity against those vaccinatable diseases . A titre test is a laboratory test measuring the level of antibodies to disease in blood. This is an excellent alternative to those annual vaccinations and can be done by your vet.

*Thirdly, avoid the use of chemicals including conventional flea, tick and worming products (learn more about these by clicking here), household and yard cleaning products, smoke, exhaust fumes, tap water etc. There are many natural alternatives to these. For example, swap chemical cleaning products for natural substances like bi carb soda and cleaning vinegar and swap tap for filtered water.

*Eliminate stress where possible. Click here to read my recent blog on "5 steps to reducing anxiety in your dog naturally"

*Finally, avoid medications where possible. Often, in the case of antibiotics particularly, they are being overprescribed so it’s important to only use when ABSOLUTELY necessary ( ie- life threatening) And in the great majority of cases, there ARE safe and effective alternatives to these medications.

2. REPAIR:
So, once we have eliminated the main causes, it’s time to go and to do some REPAIR work: Along with our anti-inflammatory raw diet, there are a range of herbs and nutrients that can help heal and repair the damage of leaky gut and support the liver function. These include:

  • Organic Bone Broth
  • Organic coconut oil - 1 tspn per 5kg
  • Glutamine - 250- 3000mg depending on weight of the dog
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Herbs such as Slippery elm, Marshmallow, Turmeric, Boswellia, Liquorice root, Milk thistle, Dandelion root
 



It does depend on the dog, but generally you would need to give these for at least 4 weeks.

 

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3. REBALANCE:
Finally, once we have eliminated the triggers and done some nice repair work, now it’s time to REBALANCE by putting back lots of the good bacteria into your dog’s gut to help rebuild the gut flora and build that frontline defense up. Anti-inflammatory fermented foods work well here (think, coconut keifr, fermented veggies etc). Make sure you GO SLOW and start off with just one, adding in from1/2-1 tpsn daily into food. These will provide both probiotics and PRE biotics that are the ‘food’ that the good bacteria thrive on.

While I love fermented foods, I really believe in the case of leaky gut you do want to add in a good quality dairy free probiotic supplement that contains multiple strains of bacteria, is dairy free and is at least 10 billion per serve but preferably 30 billion plus. This will need to be given for at least a month but maybe more in some cases. Overtime, this will rebalance the gut flora and help keep the gut healthy and vital.

 

So now we know exactly what leaky gut syndrome is and how is contributes to the development of those recurring and chronic health issues. But better than that, today we’ve learnt how we can overcome this in three steps! By implementing these steps, you’ll find that not only does your dog’s gut heal, but you will start to see many of those nagging issues start to resolve or magically disappear!!

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