Sherwood Digestive Support
Herbal supplement designed to aid digestion in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other small herbivores.
According to Sherwood, the digestive support tablet works in 3 very specific ways.
First, it provides protein digestive enzymes (Bromelain and Papain) and a concentrated dose of high quality papaya that was freeze dried and concentrated in a 4:1 ratio. The papaya aids in protein digestion which minimizes the amount of protein that will enter the ceacum where bacterial fermentation of fiber occurs. Too much protein in the ceacum will raise the pH and support the rapid growth of unhealthy bacterial populations that cause bloat, G.I. stasis or other digestive problems.
Second, it provides a full compliment of B-vitamins that are normally produced by healthy fermentation patterns. If these fermentation patterns are disrupted then B-vitamin production is reduced and this often leads to a loss of appetite and reduced energy levels. Proper levels of B-vitamins are necessary to maintain a healthy appetite.
Third, it contains a unique blend of herbs that actually stimulate the lower digestive tract to naturally contract and relax in a rhythmic pattern to help optimize healthy fermentation patterns. For rabbits that are less mobile (don’t get enough exercise due to age or arthritis) or that simply have trouble with digestion (especially megacolon rabbits who lack the lower G.I. tract innervation necessary to stimulate muscle contraction) this blend of herbs MAY replace the need for the use of motility drugs though much work needs to be done first. The herbs have been shown to directly trigger rhythmic muscle contraction/relaxation in lower rabbit digestive tract independent of nerve stimulation.
The Digestive Supplement can be used perpetually and can be used with other tablets.100 tablets.
Papaya, Banana, Ginger, Bromelain, Panax Ginseng, Ethylcellulose Coated Vitamin C, Szechuan Peppercorns, Papain, B-vitamin Complex