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Barrel Horse In Training Has Big Attitude Change on GastoElm Plus

I started using GastroElm Plus about two-and-a-half to three months ago. My young horse was pissy, would ring his tail when riding and even offer a buck if I got my heels into his sides. I was wondering what the heck I had bought to make a barrel horse. But then, I saw GastroElm on Facebook.

 

I was about to go to the omeprazole but that was so expensive at $35 a tube and for extreme results you have to give it for 30 days. That is way over my budget. So, I tried GastroElm Plus instead.  Within the first week I noticed a difference. He was riding more quiet & committal was not switching as bad and he didn’t get all huffy puffy when I asked him to try something different in our training process.

 

 

Everyone who knows this horse from before I bought him cannot believe the horse he has turned out to be. I owe it all to Gastroelm.  He has become my friend and gives his heart at everything he does now instead of worrying over how much he hurts. No, I did not have him scoped for ulcers but I definitely believe that was his problem. I have never seen a horse turn around so fast in attitude and performance.

 

Thank you!

Deb C.

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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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Barrel Horse With Ulcers

Thank goodness I found GastroElm Plus. I was at my wits end with my granddaughter’s barrel horse, Waylon. A beautiful gelding but with the ulcers and stomach concerns it was alarming to us that he would be fine one day and terrible the next. We made countless attempts trying different things but I prefer to try and stay as natural as possible. When I discovered GastroElm Plus, I was hopeful we found a solution.

 

 

We noticed a change within a day of starting him on it. The first two days, much to our surprise he ate and finished his bucket of feed. This alone was such an accomplishment considering prior to using the Gastro Elm Plus we were at the point of hand feeding him and forcing him to finish. Within a two week time frame he was back to his spunky self and working good again. His shiny coat has been an added bonus!

 

I’ve recently started my other gelding who is slightly older on it and couldn’t be happier with the results.

 

Dianna P.
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Using GastroElm Plus for Colic in a Rescue Horse

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.

Valarie D.

Thank you for sharing your story Valarie!  If you have a story you would like to share please send it along with a picture of your horse to submissions@gastroelmplus.com
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Tips for Managing Pancreatitis in Dogs

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.

If you have any questions simply reply in the comments below!

 

To a healthier pet!

Michael Peterson
GastroElm.com