Labor Day weekend in 2013 our neighbor’s eight year old cat was diagnosed with liver failure and the vet didn’t have any idea what had caused it. After a few days on GastroElm Plus it made a full recovery and roams the neighborhood to this day without any recurring issues.
Since then we have helped numerous cats who have gone through the same scenario. In most cases, no underlying cause is ever uncovered. We recently received the following testimonial from a customer who went through the same ordeal.
In mid-March, my husband and I returned from a vacation to find one of our cats, Edison, very sick. He is 6 years old and prior to us leaving on a 1 week vacation, he was the picture of feline health. However, when we returned from vacation he was skin and bones, didn’t appear to be eating, and when we did finally get him to eat, he immediately threw it all up. He was extremely weak and lethargic, and his sweet personality seemed to be gone.
Shiloh finished his C-WAGS Scent Detective Level 2 Title last night!
I’ve been giving him GastroElm Plus since he was diagnosed with pancreatitis on March 20th and was hospitalized for three days and given a grim prognosis. I went that night at visiting hours and laid hands on him and prayed for his healing. The specialist said he was the sickest patient in the hospital. He made a miraculous turnaround overnight and fully recovered. I’ve continued the GastroElm and kept him on a low-fat diet that I cook for him.
I sent his records to a holistic vet, who thought he had Addison’s disease. He wanted an adrenal function test on both Shiloh, and my treeing Walker coonhound, Faye, who had an enlarged left adrenal gland that the holistic doctor suspected was cancerous. She was diagnosed on March 27th. I started giving her GastroElm too.
Both dogs had nodules in their spleens, and Shiloh had several more in his other organs.
This morning, I received a call from my regular vet who said both of their adrenal functions were normal!!! I am over the moon!
I had also laid hands on Faye and prayed for her healing a couple of weeks ago.
Thank you for making such a wonderful product and for keeping the price reasonable. I also give it to my collie, Provi. He had a bout of gastroenteritis at the beginning of this month that I had to take him to the ER for. He had bloody diarrhea and vomited bile several times. He has been doing well since starting the GastroElm. I think GastroElm has many more healing properties than what’s been reported!!!
Thanks again for making such a great product. So many companies are just interested in gouging the consumer and producing inferior products. GastroElm does what it claims and more. I like the personal response from you too! It is refreshing to meet people with a mission to save animals!
One thing we hear quite often is a horse that seems to be fine on a day to day basis, but shows signs of anxiety, distress and other changes in demeanor when attending a horse show. Other customers have commented that these types of changes occur when simply loading into a trailer or even tacking up. Some horses (including ours) can go so far as displaying signs of colic after leaving for the day to attend training or a show.
In most cases these are signs of an underlying condition that is aggravated by excess stomach acid during periods of stress. As in humans, digestive issues such as mild ulcers can be exacerbated in times of stress. Even if your horse loves going to shows and gets excited it’s still a form of stress increasing the production of stomach acid. GastroElm Plus can help to protect the stomach and entire digestive tract. Simply give a tablespoon of GastroElm Plus prior to loading in the trailer and you can give another an hour prior to the show. Many people also give a daily maintenance dose at evening feeding to prevent more serious digestive issues down the road.
Here is a note from one of our customers who recently started using it:
I bought GastroElm Plus for my gelding. He was experiencing pain from ulcers which caused a decline in his performance. He is a horse that has anxiety at times and this has helped tremendously. He eats it all never leaving a spec 😁. I am a barrel racer in South Florida and my horses are competing almost every weekend. I started him on GastroElm Plus and by the 3rd day I noticed a change in him. On the fifth day we went to a show and he performed one of his better runs placing out of 88 riders and showing no ulcer signs!
Thanks for making such a great product!
Jill F & Dueling Chaps
We hear lots of similar stories about how GastroElm Plus has helped horses feel better and perform better. When the issues are in the cecum / hindgut it can take 2-3 weeks to start seeing results but these are issues that are often very difficult to treat. Most owners will find that the horse’s demeanor improves, their energy level improves and they act more like they did in their younger days.
Nothing works for all animals (or humans) but overall we are extremely happy with the results we have seen over the past several years. Read more about using GastroElm Plus for horses.
When we first created GastroElm Plus the thing I noticed most was that older animals would start doing things they hadn’t done since they were young. This week one of our customers reminded us of this when she posted the video below of her horse, Mic, on Facebook.
It’s been years since I’ve seen these moves out of the old man. Anyone who saw Mic back in the day will recognize these little moves. My smile was so big this morning when I came around the corner to see this. 💕💕
After I asked her about the video she sent me this note:
I believe GastroElm Plus has gotten him back to his feisty self after some laminitis issues this winter. He had made progress in the pain management of the laminitis before the GastroElm but just was still feeling under the weather. He wasn’t that excited for food and his stools were a little runny. The high dose of pain meds he had been on could do that but the GastroElm got him back on track! Super super happy! You guys made a good product!
Ally S. – 3/25/2019
Animals who have been subjected to cruel conditions whether mental or physical tend to develop anxiety and other emotional traits that can also manifest as physical illness. For horses it’s often digestive issues such as ulcers or colic. Here is an email we recently received from one such case.
I started using the GastroElm Plus because of a rescue horse that had, in his past life, been badly abused. He was very fearful and tended to colic with the slightest changes in diet or weather. I suspected ulcers were a result of the past abuse as well as mental unbalance. He is a 13 year old TN Walking Horse gelding named Pride’s Viper.
He has been on GastroElm Plus consistently for over two years and is calmer and seldom shows any signs of colic. I took him off for about 6 months and the colic episodes increased so he will just stay on the product for the rest of his life now.
I will say, that with 5 other horses to look after, I do not mix the powder with water but simply top dress his small grain ration with the tablespoon of powder. This seems to work well for him. I am so very pleased to find a natural product that works well for my horses. I also use GastroElm + if I am transporting any of my horses to competition or trail rides. Cannot hurt and should help if they stress at all. Thank you for putting this out here for us to use.
Domesticated animals such as dogs and house cats tend to eat either commercially prepared foods or home cooked meals. Two areas that tend to be neglected in both are calcium from bone meal and collagen from ligaments and connective tissues. Collagen is very useful for animals that are showing the effects of arthritis or are suffering digestive disorders. Just as leaky gut has made it’s way into discussions regarding human health, it is also an issue for animals. This can be aggravated by the use of antibiotics and other medications. An easy way to get more collagen into your dogs is by adding bone broth to their diet. Since most commercially prepared bone broths contain onions or added sodium, I prefer to make it at home simply using beef bones and water.
I use a combination of bones that contain marrow and some neck bones which contain more cartilage and connective tissues. These are easily obtained by asking at the meat counter of most grocery stores or from a local butcher. Grass fed beef is the best choice but they tend to be much harder to find unless you have access to a local source of grass fed beef.
Place them in a deep pot to allow them to be completely covered in water.
Bring water to a boil. Turn it down to a simmer and then scoop out any garbage that floats to the top. It’s usually just remnants from the bones being cut.
Then add a couple tablespoons of vinegar which will help with releasing the collagen from the bones. This will not affect the taste.
Let it simmer for 48 hours. I leave it on low on the stove, but some people feel safer using a crock pot which will work as well. This will make your whole house smell wonderful if you like the aroma of cooking homemade soup! When it’s done simmering, remove it from heat and let it cool down. Then remove the bones and all other chunks that have accumulated. I run it though a course strainer. Here is what the bones should look like when finished. You will notice that most of the marrow is missing from the bones which is what you want. Some people prefer to remove the remaining marrow and add it to the broth.
After straining it into a bowl it should look like this.
You will notice there is a significant amount of fat present which would be fine for a healthy dog, but if your animal has pancreatitis you will want to refrigerate this for an hour until all the fat solidifies on top.
Once this has occurred, simply skim the fat off the top and discard leaving a nearly fat free bone broth like this:
Since there are no preservatives, most sources recommend only storing this for a few days in the refrigerator, so I transfer it into an ice cube tray (the one shown is a silicone tray for large cubes but any will do). Once they have frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag for long term storage, up to a year in the freezer.
This way you can thaw out a cube anytime and use it for supercharging your GastroElm Plus mixture or adding it directly to their food. How much you add to the food depends upon the size of your dog, but I use it like a gravy and the dogs love it!
If your dog has an issue with beef, you can use meaty chicken bones, turkey bones, buffalo or wild game.
If you have any questions simply reply in the comments below!
To a healthier pet!
I’ll never forget the day that our toy poodle, Angel, was struck down by acute pancreatitis when she had just turned seven years old. She became so violently ill that we thought we were going to lose her. With blood coming out of both ends, our vet at the time, did nothing to coat her stomach or intestines. Due to her small size (6 1/2 lbs) she ended up spending two nights in the hospital and needing a blood transfusion in order to survive. Since then I’ve gained as much knowledge as possible from both holistic and non-holistic vets. I’ve also helped thousands of pet owners in the same situation since creating GastroElm Plus in the spring of 2013. I share much of what I’ve learned below in hopes that it can help others.
There is Hope! Angel lived 8 1/2 years with chronic pancreatitis, which was several years longer than the original prognosis of 2-3. The most important aspects of caring for a dog with pancreatitis are Diet, Exercise and Caring for the digestive tract and affected organs.
My first tip: Do not fast small animals. Fasting might work for large dogs who have plenty of bodyweight. If you choose to do this, never withhold water. Dehydration is very detrimental to the recovery of the animal. Angel’s second vet taught us to divide a normal meal in thirds and feed small meals every couple hours instead of fasting. If you have some GastroElm Plus give them 1/2 of a normal dose with each small meal. This will get them through an acute attack as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Diet – Rule #1 is Very Low Fat, especially in the beginning. Excess fat causes major problems for dogs struggling with pancreatitis. In the wild, dogs tend to eat birds, rabbits and other wild game that is quite low in fat. In fact, dogs don’t need nearly as much fat as what is present in most commercial dog foods. Fat is cheap and tasty, so it makes an enticing filler. I almost exclusively used chicken breast for Angel after her diagnosis. Remove all visible fat, but you don’t have to boil it. Grill it or slow cook it in the oven. If your dog doesn’t tolerate chicken well, then my next choice would be the leanest cuts of beef you can find at the grocery store or meat counter. If in doubt, ask someone at the meat counter or a butcher. If you have access to lean cuts of buffalo or venison those are also great choices.
Veggies – There are several veggies that work well as they provide some extra fiber to keep them regular. I have found pumpkin to be the most beneficial, because it contains lots of fiber and is also soothing if the animal has tendencies toward diarrhea. Angel also enjoyed green beans, peas, sweet potato, and squash. Angel was very allergic to carrots which is why we didn’t use them, but most dogs enjoy them. Using any of these in rotation to make up about 1/3 of a meal works well.
Avoid Excess Grains. When dogs are first diagnosed with pancreatitis most vets recommend boiled chicken and rice. Rice is not a good long term solution because like other grains it can cause inflammation in the digestive tract and dogs with pancreatitis are already dealing with too much inflammation. My vet recommends using overcooked quinoa instead of rice. She overcooks it by doubling the amount of water and cooking for a longer period of time so it’s mushy and easy to digest. Angel really enjoyed pasta so as an occasional treat we would give her some Barilla Plus which is a combination of durum and legumes. She loved it and it never caused any problems for her.
Calcium is a very important component of a dog’s diet and is often overlooked when owners begin home cooking. This can cause kidney issues, because meat is high in phosphorous and needs to be balanced out by calcium. In the wild, dogs eat the meat and most of the bones from a kill. In fact, if you do any research on raw food diets they always recommend 10-15% of their diet being raw bones. If you use a calcium supplement, my holistic vet recommends calcium lactate in the powder form added to the meal. One thing that Angel liked much better than calcium powder was sodium free dry curd cottage cheese.
This version has virtually no sodium, is fat free and is high in calcium and protein.
Bone Broth – Another source of beneficial nutrients for dogs is bone broth. Bone broth does not contain much calcium, but is a great source of collagen to help their joints and muscles as well as tighten up a leaky gut. Since many dogs with pancreatitis also have problems with colitis, IBD and other digestive issues this could be very beneficial, especially when combined with GastroElm Plus. I make it at home and skim off all of the fat.
Exercise is very important for dogs with pancreatitis. In fact, when Angel was having a bad morning, I would always take her out for a short walk and more often than not she made a dramatic improvement as a result. You should give them at least a short ten minute walk each day to help them keep everything flowing through their system. It’s important for all dogs, but especially those with pancreatitis.
Healing – The third thing that’s incredibly important is protecting and healing their digestive tract. That’s why I developed GastroElm Plus for Angel, because I knew she needed something that she could take on a daily basis. Things like sucralafate or Carafate were not intended for long term use. As stated on the GastroElm home page, each herb was chosen not only to soothe the digestive tract and allow it to heal but to also support the vital organs as well. I intentionally left out herbs like licorice which may be beneficial in the short term but should not be used longer term.
Note: If you live outside the United States you will not have access to GastroElm Plus at this time. You should be able to find Slippery Elm Bark Powder (avoid product from China) which will help to coat the stomach in a similar way.
Some people may suggest that long term use of Slippery Elm or milk thistle is not in the best interest of the animal, but I strongly disagree. An animal diagnosed with pancreatitis is suffering from a very debilitating and deadly disease. Others think that using slippery elm might reduce the ability of an animal to properly digest their food and utilize the nutrients from it. Again, I don’t agree. I’ve seen dogs, cats and horses who resembled a bag of bones before going on GastroElm Plus who began to fill out and gain weight after implementing this product. A dog with pancreatitis or a horse with ulcers is already having tremendous difficulty assimilating food properly, so the number one goal is to heal the digestive tract. That’s exactly why GastroElm Plus improves the quality of life for so many animals.
Supercharging GastroElm Plus
GastroElm Plus by itself is usually enough to help your animal regain good quality of life. But if you have a dog who has been sick for long time or has multiple issues that don’t respond fully to GastroElm Plus, there is an easy way to super charge it. Try using fat free bone broth as mentioned above, instead of water to mix with the GastroElm Plus powder. Bone broth and GastroElm are both wonderful for tightening up a leaky gut which is an underlying issue with many sick animals. Since many commercial bone broths are made with onion or added sodium, it’s best to do it from scratch at home. It’s incredibly easy, just use this recipe.
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To a healthier pet!
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