Leaky Gut Syndrome is an increasingly widespread condition in both cats and dogs.
Even though the issue is in the gut, this little known syndrome can lead to skin issues and many other common
The lining of the gut, called the mucosal lining, becomes inflamed and its ability to
absorb nutrients is impaired. The mucosa contains small holes that normally only
allow small, digested food particles to pass. The cells lining the intestinal wall
are connected tightly and the tiny microvilli at the tips of the cells absorb and
transport properly digested nutrients through the junctions and into the
Leaky Gut occurs when these junctions open, allowing unwanted mole
- cules (such as undigested food, bacteria and toxins) to flow directly into
WHY LEAKY GUT MIMICS OTHER DISEASES
When undigested food and toxins enter the bloodstream, the immune system spots the foreign protein matter and
goes into battle mode to fight the invaders. The liver tries to remove the toxins from the body but because the attack
is constant, it can’t keep up and the undigested protein and toxins are soon absorbed into the body’s tissues - causing
inflammation throughout the body.
This inflammation is increased every time your dog eats and, over time, the inflammation causes the intestinal holes to
become bigger, allowing even more undigested food to enter the body.
In time, the foreign proteins can start to look like the body’s own tissue proteins. This is called molecular mimicry and
can lead to the body creating antibodies against itself, which is the cause of autoimmunity.
In dogs, the most commonly found autoimmune diseases include diseases of the skin, thyroid, joints, heart, spinal cord,
eyes or brain, inflammatory bowel disease, collapsing trachea, laryngeal paralysis, liver, gallbladder and pancreatic
disorders. Behaviour problems can also result and, if the autoimmune disease is left unchecked, the chronic inflammation
could lead to some forms of cancer.
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