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Digestive Treatments
The health and performance of a pet digestion and urinary systems have a marked impact on the overall health of your pet. Hence, maintaining optimal function of these two systems is an important area of focus for pet owners and veterinarians.

The ingestion and pet digestion of food provides nutrients which are absorbed into the animal's body to be utilised as required by all other body systems. The quality and quantity of the nutrients absorbed is related to the quality and balance of pet food products put in, the ability of the pet digestion system to appropriately breakdown those foodstuffs into nutrients ready for absorption, and the ability of the gut to absorb those nutrients efficiently and with minimal wastage. Any change in any of these areas will have an effect on the quality and quantity of nutrients and energy available for use by the pet's digestion systems. It is essential to provide appropriate levels of quality foodstuffs containing the correct balance of nutrients to pets and to ensure that the pet digestion tract is kept healthy and free of disease. During times of illness or disease, high energy and high vitamin supplements such as nutrigel may be required in order to meet the body's needs.

Pet Digestion Requiring Treatment
An excessive loss of fluids, electrolytes and nutrients through vomiting and diarrhoea will have a profound effect on an animal's overall health and will require pet digestion treatment.

The digestive tract also needs to be kept free of obstructions resulting from foreign body ingestion, hair balls or constipation. Ensuring adequate fluid intake is important. Due to constant self-grooming, cats can be prone to the development of hair balls which can interfere with pet digestion. The use of hair ball removers in the form of laxative gels taken orally can help manage this problem and prevent constipation in affected animals.

Any severe or continuing disorder of the pet digestion system and digestive tract such as diarrhoea, vomiting, blood in stools, straining to defecate or mucous in the stools should be investigated by a veterinarian.

An integral part of successful pet digestion is the urinary system, which has several roles including helping maintain and regulate the body's fluid and electrolyte balance and the excretion of waste products of metabolism and thus also plays an important role in overall animal health. Any changes in drinking volumes, drinking frequency, frequency of urination, blood in the urine or straining to urinate must be discussed with your veterinarian.

Pet Digestion and Urinary Care
Appropriate urinary care begins with ensuring that your animal has an adequate supply of fresh drinking water daily. Also ensuring that animals are given free or regular access to a clean area to pass urine is important. Cats should have access to clean litter box at all times if housed indoors. Many high quality commercial pet foods are formulated to assist in maintaining the health and appropriate functioning of the pet digestion and urinary systems. The use of these diets should be discussed with your veterinarian.

If a disorder of the pet digestion or urinary system is diagnosed by your veterinarian, it is essential to follow all advice in order to correct the illness and increase the health of these two important systems of the body.