New Jersey mini-map with Saint Francis Veterinary Center marker
392 Kings Highway
Woolwich Township
New Jersey 08085

856.467.0050

Gastrointestinal

Natural and holistic approaches to medicine can be very beneficial to gastrointestinal challenges such as constipation, indigestion, nausea and other forms of abdominal pain. Our focus is on identifying and addressing the causes of these problems, rather than simply address the symptom itself.  Our treatment approaches depend on diagnosis as well as the pet’s overall health and the severity of the condition.  We emphasize the health of the overall digestive system.

Herbal and natural remedies have been used for thousands of years in cultures around the world to provide support for the entire digestive system and to relieve gastrointestinal challenges. In China, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine consists of about 30% acupuncture and 70% Chinese herbal medicine.

A note about cute intestinal diseases

There are several acute GI disease problems in pets that may be life threatening, and for these you should not rely on herbs alone.  For example, panleukopenia (feline distemper) in cats and parvovirus in dogs must be treated promptly with conventional Western medicine as they may prove fatal without immediate care.

A note about safety, effectiveness and regulation of complementary and alternative medical therapies: Rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many complementary and alternative therapies are often lacking; therefore the safety and effectiveness of many therapies are uncertain.  Government regulations for most of these therapies are not the same as those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In general, regulations for most supplements and products are less strict; for example, manufacturers do not have to prove the safety and effectiveness of a dietary supplement before it is marketed.  However, the federal government is now funding studies in this field through its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and numerous academic medical centers around the country are privately working in the field.