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A Dog with Diabetes & Pancreatitis Regains His Appetite!

 

Wow! I don’t know why I waited so long to try this on my pancreatic corgi! Loki just turned 11 on August 6, 2019. He was diagnosed with Diabetes and Pancreatitis on December 26, 2017. It was rough in the beginning, but things smoothed over a little after getting him on some prescribed Rx diet. But he was never really into it after all this time. And recently it had gotten much worse. Getting him to eat was like pulling teeth.

A few times since his diagnosis, he had rough days where I thought for sure he was having another flare-up of Pancreatitis (vomiting, even just water… extreme inappetence). This latest episode on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, I thought for sure it was the end. He threw up first thing in the morning, before he had even eaten. Just a bunch of water/foam. He refused to eat, just chugged a bunch of water and then threw up again. I found him laying in the bathroom just laying there in a puddle of his own water-vomit. We had already decided if it was another flare-up… we would just make the decision to let him go, because he was just miserable! He never wanted to eat, he would just lay in the bathroom all day looking sad, every day. Well on this day, the vet ran his bloodwork and his pancreas values came back perfect. Say what?? But she decided he was in extreme pain for arthritis or a spine/disc issue. She gave Loki an injection of Cerenia, and a new medicine to begin injecting to help him with his joint pains. He felt better that evening, and gave less of a fight to eat… but the next morning, he didn’t want to eat again. I was at my wit’s end. He can’t live eating a few bites here and there.

I took to a Pancreatic Dog support group on FB and someone suggested GastroElm Plus.  (I had seen it mentioned before, but when I saw it those times before, I wasn’t having so many issues with him not wanting to eat). So I ordered it, and it promptly arrive on Saturday morning (Aug 10). It missed his breakfast time by just a few minutes, and he had put up a fight about eating that morning. I gave him a dose of GastroElm just to help soothe his tummy. About 30 minutes later, he was sticking his face in his bowl like “Hey! Lady! I could eat!”. So I gave him a little additional food that he had ignored earlier, and he gobbled it right up!

Then, Saturday evening, it came time for their dinner. About 20 minutes before I set his bowl down, I gave him another squirt of the GastroElm gel that was made earlier in the day. Then when I was standing at the counter prepping his dinner, he shows up and is standing there staring at me like “Uhm… when’s dinner??”. Which was HIGHLY unusual for him. Typically I have to BEG him to come out of the bathroom and eat his dinner. It had become an every day thing… kneeling on the kitchen floor and trying to coax him to eat so he could have his insulin. WELL! Not on this night! I finished prepping his bowl and set it down in his stand, he stuck his face right in there and gobbled it up without hesitation…. licked it clean and trotted off to roll around on his back in the living room. This was a sight I hadn’t seen in so long. I cried a little. I have continued to give it to him the last couple of days, and every day he’s a little more excited about eating, and seems more happy and satisfied. Thank you so much for this wonderful product! I can’t say enough good things.


Since 2013 we’ve heard countless stories like this one.  You can learn more about GastroElm Plus by visiting:  GastroElm.com

 

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GastroElm Plus Helps Young Dog with IBD

I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with your Gastro Elm Plus. I have a 3 year old American Eskimo Dog who was diagnosed with IBD at 6 months old. Although we have a great team of our GP Vet, and IM Specialist Vet, and a Holistic Vet, he has continued to battle flare ups lasting 2-3 days at least once a month. When he has a flare up he will have diarrhea, vomiting or both and will not eat at all. Even between flare ups, I have had to feed him every meal by hand to get him to eat.

I read about your product on a Facebook group for dogs with IBD and when he had a recent flare up I decided to give it a try. Not only did it immediately end the flare up, but he is now eating on his own for the first time in two and a half years. He is actually anxious to eat a meal which has not happened since he first began having symptoms at 3 months old. Since the IBD surfaced I have struggled to even keep him at the very bottom of acceptable weight for his size. Since starting Gastro Elms Plus he has gained 2.5 lbs and almost achieved the ideal weight for his size.

I just can not tell you how happy I am to have finally found something that is working. Believe me, we’ve tried it all. Your product combined with his home made diet and the Chinese herbal capsules prescribed by our Holistic Vet are finally giving him a normal life. Thank you so much for giving Quinn a happy pain free life.

Gale and Quinn

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Dog Recovering From Pancreatitis & IBD

 

My 16 year old dog, Casey, came down with Pancreatitis and IBD and my Vet suggested giving her several different medicines. I am not a fan of giving a dog medicine due to all of the side effects and all medicines are eliminated through the kidney’s. I joined a FB Pancreatitis group and everyone was talking about GastroElm Plus. Casey was lethargic, loss of appetite, nauseas, painful belly, depressed and she didn’t want to eat. She was so sick that I considered putting her to sleep to end her suffering. I watched a You tube video about Gastro Elm and after being sick for almost three weeks I decided to try Gastro Elm.

20 minutes after my sick dog received Gastro elm her appetite came back, it was a miracle! I gave my dog Gastro elm three to four times a day (one hour before every meal). By the second day of being on Gastro elm my sick dog came roaring back to life. Her energy returned, her nauseas abated, her appetite came back and I no longer heard any gurgling acidic noises in her stomach. Gastro Elm saved my dogs life. I now give her 1/2 teaspoon in the AM and 1/2 teaspoon before bed (with a snack). No more 5 AM bile throw ups and my dog now wakes up happy, wagging her tail and rolling on my bed. Gastro elm is by far the best holistic product I’ve found and I will always keep my dog on it for the rest of her life.

Thank you!

Francesca

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Making Bone Broth for Dogs

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!

Michael Peterson
GastroElm.com