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Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
Gastrointestinal Support for Cats & Dogs
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Gastrointestinal Support For Cats & Dogs

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New look, same great formulations! Dr Mercola's supplements for cats and dogs have been rebranded to Bark & Whiskers™. Packaging may vary.

  • Aids occasional gastric distress
  • Supports the normal flow of bile for normal waste removal and bowel function
  • Supports the proper digestion of fats and proteins for gentler digestion of foods
  • Reduces occasional loose stools or constipation due to stress or changes in diet
  • Supports intestinal health and healthy gut mucosa
  • Supports a normal inflammatory response in your pet’s GI tract
  • Supports the protective layers of your pet’s bowel
  • Supports normal bowel function

Net weight: 84 g (2.9 oz) | 60 scoops

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Just like with humans, dogs and cats occasionally have loose stools or get sick to their stomachs. And also like humans, sometimes you can pinpoint the cause, and sometimes, you can’t.

Digestive distress must always be taken seriously. The underlying reasons for your pet’s loose stools or vomiting are important to know. You must rule out any medical concerns, and only your trusted vet can do that. For brief, non-serious episodes of GI distress, you can provide extra support to help your pet feel better fast.

Bark & Whiskers™ GI Support is designed for use during occasional, acute gastrointestinal events. This unique formula includes nine herbs that have a long history of use in both humans and animals.

New look, same great formulations! Dr Mercola's supplements for cats and dogs have been rebranded to Bark & Whiskers™. Packaging may vary.

  • Aids occasional gastric distress
  • Supports the normal flow of bile for normal waste removal and bowel function
  • Supports the proper digestion of fats and proteins for gentler digestion of foods
  • Reduces occasional loose stools or constipation due to stress or changes in diet
  • Supports intestinal health and healthy gut mucosa
  • Supports a normal inflammatory response in your pet’s GI tract
  • Supports the protective layers of your pet’s bowel
  • Supports normal bowel function

Net weight: 84 g (2.9 oz) | 60 scoops

Just like with humans, dogs and cats occasionally have loose stools or get sick to their stomachs. And also like humans, sometimes you can pinpoint the cause, and sometimes, you can’t.

Digestive distress must always be taken seriously. The underlying reasons for your pet’s loose stools or vomiting are important to know. You must rule out any medical concerns, and only your trusted vet can do that. For brief, non-serious episodes of GI distress, you can provide extra support to help your pet feel better fast.

Bark & Whiskers™ GI Support is designed for use during occasional, acute gastrointestinal events. This unique formula includes nine herbs that have a long history of use in both humans and animals.

Administer GI Support orally, once or twice per day.

Cats (2+ lbs) = 0.7 g (½ scoop)

Toy Breed Dogs (up to 14 lbs) = 1.4 g (1 scoop)

Small Breed Dogs (15 to 29 lbs) = 2.1 g (1½ scoops)

Medium Breed Dogs (30 to 49 lbs) = 2.8 g (2 scoops)

Large Breed Dogs (50 to 79 lbs) = 3.5 g (2½ scoops)

Giant Breed Dogs (80+ lbs) = 4.2 g (3 scoops)

GI Support is easy to store as the product does not require refrigeration or other special storage.

For use in cats and dogs only. Recommended to help relieve occasional loose stools due to environmental stress or dietary changes.

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soothing support

Promotes beneficial gut bacteria,
normal detoxification and a healthy
mucosal barrier in the GI tract.

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Famous for its lubricating qualities, this tree bark soothes and supports normal bowel function

A medium-sized deciduous tree that grows throughout the Eastern U.S., slippery elm has been valued for centuries as an herbal remedy for gastrointestinal issues.

Prepared from the inner bark of the slippery elm tree, the remedy was used by Native Americans for GI issues including loose bowels and stomach problems. And it’s still very popular today.

Slippery elm supports your pet’s GI tract with a variety of benefits, including:

  • Mucilage is a viscous or “slippery” gel that forms when slippery elm mixes with digestive juices, coating and soothing the mucus membranes lining your pet’s stomach and bowel.
  • Mild laxative effect, to encourage healthy bowel movements.

This remarkable bark provides outstanding support for your pets’ normal bowels, GI function and occasional constipation or loose stools, helping them get back to normal after an upset.

With the above said, Dr Karen Becker states that while slippery elm has been studied in humans, no animal studies exist. But because its effects are generally mild, she feels comfortable using it with her pet patients.

This mightily little flower is a favourite for settling stomachs.

A member of the daisy family, chamomile grows abundantly in pastures, along roadsides and in other well-drained, sunny locations in the Northern Hemisphere.

Chamomile is one of the oldest, most widely used plants in the world. Valued for its ability to help settle stomachs and calm the mind and body, people love to drink it as an herbal tea.

Chamomile is loaded with beneficial compounds that promote your pet’s healthy digestion, including:

  • Flavonoids – Powerful antioxidants, these help protect your pet’s bowel from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Sesquiterpenes – Promote a healthy digestive system
  • Coumarins – Sweet-smelling compounds that promote healthy cellular function.
  • Apigenin – A special antioxidant flavonoid that also binds to receptors in your pet’s brain and promotes calm feelings after a bout of GI distress.

Chamomile is considered one of the safest and most useful herbal pet remedies known today.

Beyond its overall calming effects, it’s also known for supporting your pet’s healthy digestion and helping to relieve occasional gas, cramping and discomfort.

It can also be very helpful for calming occasional stomach upset due to excitability and for supporting already normal inflammatory responses in the gut.

Used by humans since antiquity, these aromatic seeds promote your pet's digestion too.

A popular plant often found in home gardens, fennel, or Foeniculum vulgare, is native to the southern Mediterranean. The herb was well-known to the ancient Romans, Egyptians, Indians and Chinese.

The Romans grew it, especially for its fragrant seeds. Even Emperor Charlemagne reportedly encouraged its cultivation throughout Central Europe.

Fennel seeds contain a unique combination of phytonutrients, including:

  • Rutin – Reduces oxidative stress in your pets’ GI tracts.
  • Quercetin – Increases your pets’ gut microbial diversity, potentially helping to protect against leaky guts.
  • Glycoside – This molecular compound shows antioxidant activity.

Dr Karen Becker writes that she routinely uses fennel seeds to support pets’ digestive processes, reduce gas and GI discomfort, and help calm their GI tracts.

Fennel also provides an additional benefit for pets who’ve just experienced a bout of uncomfortable digestion and may be hesitant to eat anything… 

It helps increase appetite. Plus, it even helps freshen doggy breath.

Inside the Aloe Vera Leaf - there's an abundance of benefits for your pet's healthy digestive system. 

The Aloe vera plant is a member of the succulent family, originating from North Africa.

In its true whole-leaf form, Aloe can be toxic to cats and dogs. The outer portion of the leaf contains a substance called aloin or latex, which can cause GI upset and laxative effects.

A high-quality Aloe vera supplement intended for pets won’t contain any of the portion of the outer leaf.

The inner portion, however, is a whole different story…

Aloe vera is considered a superfood, courtesy of its rich supply of phytonutrients and polysaccharides, which support your pets’ immune function and already normal inflammatory responses.

The gel inside the Aloe vera leaf also contains many important substances that support your pets’ digestive health and get them back on track after a GI episode, including:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Enzymes
  • Amino Acids
  • Polysaccharides

Aloe vera has been used for hundreds of years to relieve digestive distress.

It soothes stomach irritation – something your cats will appreciate if their tummies are unhappy. And it has been shown to support healthy normal gastrointestinal motility and mucus secretion in the colon – things your dogs will appreciate if they have gotten backed up.

An iconic vegetable valued for more than just its novelty and flavour.

A member of the thistle family, artichoke, or Cynara cardunculus, is a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. The most active compounds in the plant are found in the leaf.

And some of the most valuable compounds in artichoke include:

  • Caffeoylquinic acid – an antioxidant that helps support normal detoxification.
  • Luteolin – an antioxidant that supports an already normal inflammatory response.
  • Cynarin – another antioxidant that supports healthy bile production to aid in the digestion of fats.
  • Inulin – a prebiotic that promotes the growth of beneficial gut microbes.

Also, Dr Karen Becker writes that researchers have found that artichoke leaf extracts offer more potential health benefits than the artichoke itself.

She further adds that studies show that the use of artichoke leaf extract helps reduce occasional GI symptoms, supports a balanced intestinal microbiota, and helps ease spasms in the GI tract.

This revered root provides soothing support for the mucosal barrier in your pet's GI tract.

Licorice root has been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine for its soothing properties. Its use with animals is probably as ancient as it is with humans.

Liquorice is so popular that in China, it is used more than any other herb, including ginseng.

Unfortunately, liquorice also contains compounds that can increase blood pressure, including glycerrhizinic and glycerrhetinic acids. To avoid the risk of blood pressure issues, these components must be removed.

When these compounds are taken out, what’s left is called deglycyrrhizinated liquorice, or DGL.

Dr Karen Becker states that research shows that DGL:

  • Supports a healthy mucosal barrier in the GI tract.
  • Helps soothe digestive distress.
  • Supports adrenal function and an already normal inflammatory response.

And she shares that she especially recommends liquorice root when she has a patient showing signs of digestive distress, such as cramping, bloating, gas and loose stools.

A reliable old remedy for upset stomachs.

If you’ve ever personally experienced digestive distress, there’s a good chance you’ve reached for a cup of peppermint leaf tea or a peppermint oil capsule.

Peppermint has been used for centuries as a digestive aid. An aromatic herb in the mint family, its leaves contain phenolic compounds, including rosmarinic acid and flavonoids such as luteolin and hesperidin.

This herb’s leaves also contain essential oils, including menthol, menthone and limonene, which lend its distinctive invigorating fragrance.

Dr Karen Becker also writes that animal studies show peppermint relaxes your pets’ digestive systems and provides abdominal comfort, courtesy of its menthol. Also, it helps prevent the smooth muscles in the gut from contracting, which helps relieve spasms.

She further adds that peppermint may also help relieve digestive symptoms such as occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.

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When cats and dogs have tummy troubles, they often experience it differently. Whereas cats are more inclined to throw up, dogs tend to display their digestive distress through loose stools and straining to go.

Either way, when you have pets, it’s just something you must be prepared for.

Occasional digestive distress in pets can result from a variety of things:

  • Eating something they shouldn’t have.
  • A sudden change in their diets.
  • Food allergies or sensitivities
  • Stress caused by changes in your pets’ environment, such as travel, boarding, house guests or a new family pet.
  • Trauma from visiting the veterinarian or groomer.
  • Foreign GI invaders.
  • Disease and inflammation.

For dogs, eating something they shouldn’t is by far the most common reason for loose stools. That’s just their bodies’ way of getting rid of the unwanted substances as quickly as possible.

The most common reason for vomiting in cats is ingesting something inedible, such as yarn or hair. Hence, the famous cold, wet hairball on the carpet.

When you feed your pets the same food every day, and then suddenly switch to a new diet, that can also cause digestive distress. Monotonous diets condition their guts to process only one type of food, which isn’t ideal for them physically or nutritionally.

That’s why Dr. Karen Becker recommends feeding pets a variety of foods – it helps make their digestive systems more resilient.

But pets are like humans when it comes to this issue. Even with the best care, a GI episode will pop up occasionally.

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And when it does, Dr Becker says that she wants everyone to be prepared with a soothing, comforting herbal blend that she created over two decades ago…

Often, pets who experience repeated digestive troubles have an imbalance of gut bacteria. Now, you can support your pets’ digestion with a probiotic designed to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, such as Complete Probiotics for cats and dogs.

GI complaints are among the more common reasons pet parents take their cats or dogs to see the vet.

While issues such as loose stools, constipation, and vomiting are usually easy to resolve, sometimes, they are a warning sign of a serious problem. For example, Giardia, Canine parvovirus, etc.

Digestive distress must always be taken seriously.

For healthy adult animals, a single bout of loose stools or vomiting isn’t necessarily a reason for concern, especially if your pets act normal afterwards.

However, if they are older, smaller or debilitated, you need to pay attention…

In these situations, just one episode of loose stools or vomiting can raise your pet’s risk for dehydration. It’s essential to carefully observe him afterwards for any signs of distress.

Dr Karen Becker recommends that if your pets are vomiting (regurgitating is not vomiting) or experiencing diarrhoea for days and you notice any of the following signs, you should call your integrative veterinarian.

  • If they pass blood in their vomit.
  • If your pets pass blood in their stool, it can appear dark and tarry.
  • If you notice any weakness or other signs of debilitation, such as fatigue.
  • If they are moaning, whimpering or otherwise signalling pain.

However, if your dogs or cats appear healthy and show no signs of distress, you can use some simple measures to help them get back on track.

Try a short-term fast (not suitable for puppies, kittens, or cats) to help their GI tracts rest and rejuvenate. This means that you withhold food for 12 hours but provide fresh, clean filtered water.

Then, follow up with a bland meal of turkey and plain pumpkin. This easy-to-digest combo usually leads to a rapid recovery.

If you would like additional recommendations or further support with your pets' GI health, please contact our pet food advisors. 

  • Email: info@furchildpets.com
  • Call: +971 4 339 0100

This great product - GI Support for Cats and Dogs is provided via our exclusive partner, Bark & Whiskers, where Dr Karen Becker, one of the most followed wellness and integrative veterinarians in the world, shares the most up-to-date information on species-appropriate nutrition and care.

Dr. Becker

Just like Furchild, she believes that the food and lifestyle choices you make for your pets form the foundation of their health and longevity.

Moreover, Dr Becker is also the first veterinarian to give a TEDx Talk on species-appropriate nutrition. 

She enjoys empowering pet parents and helping them become knowledgeable advocates for their pets’ well-being. Instead of simply addressing the symptoms, Dr Becker promotes the use of functional medicine, which involves making dietary and lifestyle choices to help pets thrive and prevent illness.

And in 2021, she also co-authored with pet influencer, Rodney Habib, to publish their book - The Forever Dog, which became the first-ever No.1 New York Times best-selling book about intentionally creating canine well-being.

The Bark & Whiskers™ Gastrointestinal (GI) Support supplement for cats and dogs is not the solution for a poor diet or food that’s too rich - unbalanced diets.

We would recommend incorporating it along with one or more of the many food sources on the Furchild menu that support your pets' (GI) tract health.

Maintaining a healthy GI tract is important for your pet's overall well-being, digestion, and nutrient absorption. For the same, here are some options:

Furchild Meals

All of our meals incorporate lean and easily digestible proteins. If your pet is dealing with GI issues, we recommend selecting Furchild recipes that are naturally leaner such as chicken, turkey, camel, and possibly beef. 

Our meals are enriched with high-quality fibre to support the digestion process. For dogs, we include superfoods like organic pumpkin, organic sweet potatoes, organic butternut, and organic carrots. And for our cat recipes, we incorporate tomato pomace. Also, fibre plays a crucial role in aiding digestion and promoting regular bowel movements.

Additionally, we introduce a prebiotic, inulin (derived from chicory root), which actively encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria.

To enhance overall GI wellness, our meals offer a balance of essential fatty acids. And we use fresh, high-quality Omega-3 Fatty Acid sources that help reduce inflammation within the GI tract, further supporting your pet's overall digestive health.

Bone Broth

Our range of organic and premium bone broths supports your pets' GI tracts by soothing and hydrating their digestive lining, providing easily digestible nutrients, promoting gut health with collagen and gelatin, and reducing inflammation.

Its amino acids can help repair the gut lining and encourage a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

Probiotics

Probiotics help your pets' GI tracts by restoring a healthy balance of gut bacteria, aiding digestion, supporting the immune system, reducing inflammation, managing diarrhoea, and minimising stress-related issues.

The following food sources contain probiotics: Raw Goat Milk Kefir, Raw Goat Milk, and Grass-fed Beef Green Tripe Green tripe.

We also recommend Bark & Whiskers Complete Probiotics supplement for cats and dogs, a veterinarian-formulated, fan-favourite product that supports GI health with 38 billion CFU of beneficial bacteria from 14 carefully selected strains.

Each pet has its own unique needs. When introducing new foods, we recommend a gradual transition and monitoring your pets' responses for best results.

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