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Leaky Gut - Pet Herbals

Leaky Gut - Pet Herbals

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Leaky gut syndrome in pets is a condition where the intestinal lining becomes more permeable, allowing undigested particles to pass into the bloodstream. While the concept of "leaky gut" in pets is not universally accepted in veterinary medicine, some holistic approaches may be considered for addressing gastrointestinal health. 

Probiotics and Gut-Healing Herbs: Probiotics play a vital role in supporting gut health by promoting a balanced microbiome. Incorporating pet-specific probiotics containing beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium may help restore microbial balance in the digestive tract. Additionally, certain herbs like slippery elm and marshmallow root are traditionally believed to have mucilaginous properties that can provide a soothing effect on the intestinal lining, potentially aiding in the healing process. 

Bone Broth and Collagen: Bone broth is a nutrient-rich option that may offer support for gut health. It contains essential amino acids, collagen, and gelatin, which are believed to contribute to the repair of the intestinal lining. Collagen supplements, sourced from high-quality sources, may also be considered to provide additional support for connective tissues in the digestive tract. 

Dietary Modifications and Elimination Diets: Assessing and modifying the pet's diet is a crucial aspect of addressing potential leaky gut issues. Some pets may benefit from elimination diets, removing potential allergens or irritants that could be contributing to gastrointestinal inflammation. Selecting easily digestible and hypoallergenic food options, such as novel protein sources and grain-free formulas, may be considered. 

It's important to approach any treatment for gastrointestinal issues, including leaky gut, with a holistic view that considers both conventional and complementary approaches. A veterinarian's expertise is invaluable in determining the most suitable interventions based on the pet's health status, and regular veterinary check-ups are essential to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.


How to Dose


0.5 kg – 4.5kg = 1-3 drops 2-3 x day

4.5kg – 10 kg = 3-5 drops 2-3 x day

10kg – 22kg = 5-10 drops 2-3x day

50kg onwards = 10 – 20 drops 2-3 x day

Start slow and slowly build up eg.  3 drops for first week, then increase second week to full dose. Remain on the dosage for a few weeks, then decrease slowly.  If symptoms return start again.


5 drops 2 x day with a strong-smelling food (to disguise) otherwise if you cat is brave you can place the drops inside their mouth.  Start slow and slowly build up eg.  3 drops for first week, then increase second week to full dose. Remain on the dosage for a few weeks, then decrease slowly.  If symptoms return start again.

May contain trace amounts of alcohol.  If you want to take the alcohol out of your tincture, then take lid off bottle, simmer slowly till water starts to bubble (only slightly bubbling) remover, then your done.  This will help to evaporate the alcohol from your tincture.



This website is for educational purposes only. The information provided here is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified veterinarian or healthcare professional for specific concerns or issues related to your pet's health.

While natural therapies can be valuable in supporting your pet's health, it's crucial to emphasize that consulting with a qualified veterinarian may also be essential.  When incorporating natural therapies alongside conventional medicine for your pets, it's crucial to exercise caution and be aware of potential contraindications. Certain herbs or supplements may interact with prescribed medications, affecting their efficacy or causing unintended side effects, underscoring their importance. Consulting with a veterinarian experienced in integrative approaches will help to ensure the well-being of your furry companions.

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