Gastroparesis in Dogs

Bernie’s Perfect Poop can help your dog’s gastroparesis

Canine Gastroparesis is a medical term that describes a disorder of the stomach. For whatever reason, the stomach will take too long to empty, or not empty at all. Your dog’s stomach muscles either won’t contract or contract too slowly to move food through properly. The lack of motility, or movement prevents your dog from absorbing food appropriately as well as from expelling wastes and toxins as he should. Good gut health is key for your dog’s digestive tract to move as it should and Bernie’s Perfect Poop can help improve the symptoms of canine gastroparesis.

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  • Good health begins in the gut. When your dog can digest the food he eats, absorb its nutrition, and expel the wastes and toxins (poop), he is healthy and feels his best. It’s also when his immune system is likely its strongest. Bernie’s Perfect Poop is a powerful combination of fiber, pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes that enrich your dog’s gut health.
  • Premium fiber is necessary to ensure the food you give your dog moves through his digestive tract as it should and to prevent delayed gastric emptying. When his diet is rich in quality fiber, he can move the food through his tract effectively and efficiently. The right combination of soluble and insoluble fiber will draw water in as it needs to naturally move food through his system and allow absorption along the way. Gastroparesis means that your dog’s stomach muscles move his food into his small intestine more slowly than it should, or sometimes not at all, but regular and consistent quality fiber diets can help prevent that. Fiber also feeds and fertilizes the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in his gut, which keeps his microbiome in prime condition.
  • Bernie’s Perfect Poop also combines prebiotics and probiotics to balance your dog’s gut microbiome. When your dog’s microbiome is its healthiest, his gut health and digestive system are in their best shape too. Probiotics are healthy, helpful bacteria that live in your dog’s lower gut. They help keep your dog’s microbiome balanced, which aids in digesting food as well as boosting immune health. If your dog’s stomach muscles are not appropriately acting, a strong microbiome full of beneficial bacteria may keep your dog’s lower gut healthy and be beneficial.
  • Digestive enzymes allow your dog to break the food he eats down to the smallest it can be for maximum nutrient absorption. When your dog’s food is broken down appropriately, it’s easier for it to move through the digestive tract. Digestive enzymes found in Bernie’s Perfect Poop break his food down to the smallest sizes it needs to be for digestion and cell refueling.
  • Bernie’s Perfect Poop is a 4-in-1 combination of fiber, prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes. These are key elements for proper dog digestion and good gut health. When he’s able to digest his food optimally, it should be able to move through the digestive tract with ease.

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What is gastroparesis in dogs and what are the symptoms?

When your dog’s stomach muscles are not able to contract as they should to move food through the digestive tract, he suffers from canine delayed gastric emptying or dog gastroparesis. It’s a slowing or even temporary paralysis of the stomach muscles and that means he can’t necessarily push food through to his small intestine effectively. It can be painful, and can even lead to conditions like diabetes since it delays the time it takes for food to get from the stomach to the intestines and potentially messes up blood sugar levels.

Symptoms of canine gastroparesis

  • Diabetes
  • Malnutrition
  • Bloat
  • Lethargy
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Gas–flatulence and burping
  • Pacing
  • Pica (eating inappropriate things)

When your dog’s stomach muscles are moving too slowly or not at all, there are numerous reasons this could occur. Sometimes, there is simply no known cause. Sometimes, the neuropathy of your dog’s brain sending signals to his stomach muscles may be off. His autonomic nervous system isn’t working right and this could be hereditary or breed-conditioned.

More often, there are other reasons your dog could suffer from delayed gastric emptying. They may have blood disorders or imbalances related to nitrogenous or potassium waste. They may have gastric issues–blockages, ulcers, reflux or more. Their autonomic nervous system may not be properly functioning or they may have just had stomach surgery.

Sometimes medicines for other health conditions will cause gastroparesis in dogs, and they may even suffer when they are stressed, in fear or in pain.

Possible Causes of Dog Gastroparesis Can Perfect Poop Help?
Stress YES
Inflammatory diseases of the digestive system YES
Medication side effects YES
Food disturbances YES
Reflux YES
Lesions or ulcers YES
Surgery complications
Intestinal blockages
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Know when to see your veterinarian for help with gastroparesis

Gastroparesis in dogs can lead to serious dehydration and malnutrition. It’s important for your vet to be sure your dog is hydrated and nourished, as he may need IV treatment. Contact your vet if you believe your dog may be suffering from gastroparesis, as it can be very painful. In fact, if you suspect any intestinal blockage of any type, contact your vet immediately.

More information about gastroparesis in dogs

If your dog is not able to digest his food appropriately, that can mean a lot of problems for him. It can prevent him from absorbing nutrients as he should, can be painful and can potentially even lead to diabetes. The delay in food moving from his stomach to his intestines can affect his blood sugar levels. One of the best ways to prevent gastroparesis in dogs is to ensure he has the healthiest digestive system he can have. Bernie’s Perfect Poop can help with this using premium fiber, pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Fiber may help the symptoms of gastroparesis in dogs

Fiber is the number one ‘mover’ of food through your dog’s digestive tract. When he has a fiber-rich diet, it’s easier for his stomach to push the food through his digestive system. Bernie’s Perfect Poop uses Miscanthus grass, flaxseed and pumpkin fiber to ensure food moves through your dog’s digestive tract at the perfect speed and consistency it needs for optimal nutrient absorption. The less difficulty your dog’s stomach muscles face as they contract to push food through, the less chance he’ll struggle with reduced stomach emptying.

The fiber in Bernie’s Perfect Poop will keep food moving through as it should and reduce stress and strain on his stomach muscles, which can lead to gastroparesis issues.

Prebiotics and probiotics may help with delayed stomach emptying in dogs

Your dog’s microbiome is a delicate colony of balance. However, the unique thing about your dog’s microbiome is that as delicate as it is, it’s also resilient and strong. When your dog’s gut health is as it should be, he’s able to move food through and absorb all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that he should. His microbiome is made up of bacteria, and the probiotics that Bernie’s Perfect Poop use can withstand the harsh acids your dog’s stomach produces to ensure they are able to populate your dog’s gut ast they need to. We use Bacillus Subtilis and Bacillus Coagulans. Research found that Bacillus subtilis improves fat and carbohydrate digestibility in your dog’s gut. It also makes their poop better consistency and less smelly, and allows for healthier levels of ammonia in their digestive systems. Bacillus Coagaulans are highly effective against various kinds of infectious diarrhea, as well as general digestive difficulty in dogs that could strain stomach muscles. They help battle things like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, IBS and Clostridium difficile (large intestine and colon inflammation). Protecting your dog from conditions like this takes pressure off their stomach muscles and helps reduce the risk of gastroparesis.

Keeping your dog’s gut healthy and taking unnecessary pressure off his stomach muscles will help aid the fight against future bouts of gastroparesis.

Digestive enzymes may help with energy and temperament in dogs

Digestive enzymes in Bernie’s Perfect Poop will help your dog break the food he eats to the smallest level. This makes it easier not only to digest but also to absorb for maximum gut health. When he begins eating, his pancreas starts making digestive enzymes naturally, but the digestive enzymes found in Bernie’s Perfect Poop begin that breakdown process with each bite he takes. As food goes through his digestive tract it already has begun the breakdown process with supplementation of Perfect Poop and this makes it easier to pass through his digestive system as it should without extra taxation on his stomach muscles.

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Other ways to help

  • Encourage hydration
  • Feed high-quality foods rich in fiber
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Additional reading

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Related terms

  • Delayed Gastric Emptying
  • Canine Reduced Activity Of The Stomach
  • Slow Dog Digestion
  • Canine Stomach Paralysis
  • Canine Sluggish Stomach
  • Canine Gastroparesis
  • Gastroparesis In Dogs