In this article we describe for the first time in the veterinary field the properties of Chios Mastic for dog and cat is a white resin with an opalescent appearance, produced by cutting the stem and branches of a plant that grows on the island of Chios, the lentisk (Pistacia lentiscus), an evergreen shrub of the family of Anacardiaceae. The Mastic is known in particular for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, for our dogs and cats is a useful supplement in case of stomach ulcers, gastritis IBD and gastroesophageal reflux.
Chios Mastic Dog Cat Properties
- Antiseptic of the oral cavity, in case of stomatitis and gingivitis (as gingival mouthwash, in inflammation of the oral cavity and especially in post-extraction hemorrhages or after scaling).
- Reduces the formation of dental plaque and halitosis
- Calms the heartburn of the stomach
- Fights gastric ulcer
- Attenuates gastro-efageal reflux
- It has antidiarrheal properties
- Indispensable in case of gastritis even uremic (CKD)
- Reduces activity index and plasma levels of IL-6 and CRP in case of IBD and colitis
- Improvement of symptoms in case of autoimmune diseases as it inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory substances.
I recommend 2 products
Mastiha: leading company in the production of Chios Mastic
Or if you want a product in drops to be added to the pet-food, here is the hydroenzymatic extract of Chios Mastic.
For dogs and cats, I recommend buying Chios mastic supplements obtained by hydroenzymatic extraction, a technique for processing medicinal plants that aims to obtain a product that is as bioavailable as possible (i.e. assimilable) and contains the entire phytocomplex (active ingredients and complementary ingredients) present in the plant of origin, thus making the most of its synergistic effects. The hydroenzymatic extraction process is solvent-free, exclusive and patented. There are few side effects reported in the scientific literature. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy and lactation or in case of known allergies to the components.
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