Digestive Disorders – How To Tell?
Digestion of food and absorbing nutrients is crucial to the overall health and wellbeing for all animals. The Phrase ‘digestive disorder’ signifies to any conditions that prevents digestion from occurring properly, or that varies the rate at which food passes through the digestive tract.
Digestive disorders are one of the most recurrent reasons for consulting a veterinary practice. The main symptoms to watch out for are vomiting and diarrhoea. Though, less obvious signs would include, weight loss, flatulence, alteration of appetite, gurgling noises from the stomach or sudden inactivity.
If you notice any of these changes in your pet at home, you should call your veterinary clinic as soon as possible to arrange an appointment for your pet to be seen by a vet. If your pet is diagnosed with a digestive disorder by the vet in the consultation the vet will discuss the most likely causes with you.
Frequent Causes of Digestive Disorders
The most frequent causes of digestive disorders include:
- An inflammation and irritation of the stomach (gastritis)
- Developing an adverse reaction to a food, or simply eating something that has ‘disagreed’ with your dog
- The small intestine may be inflamed or have an excessive growth of bacteria (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO)
- Inflammation of the large intestine (colitis) which results in frequent diarrhoea, often accompanied by blood or mucus
- The pancreas may be inflamed (pancreatitis) or it may not be producing enough digestive enzymes to process food properly.
What To Do
Consequently, to help get your pet back to health the vet may prescribe medications or advise to change your pet’s food to something more digestible. This is done to stop the vomiting and diarrhoea as quick as possible to ensure that your pet does not get dehydrated with all the fluid loss and to also prevent the loss of vitamins and minerals. Often, the wall of the stomach will tend to be inflamed and your pet will need the right nutrients to recover from this digestive disorder quickly.
Following the recommendation of your vet will benefit your pet by helping them recover quickly and get back to themselves. Only feed Food that has been recommended by the vet and ensure to always provide plenty of fresh, clean water. If signs do not improve for your pet or if they improve and the reoccur you should always contact your vet again.
Christmas is quickly approaching, it can be quite a dangerous time for dogs’ digestion because of all the Christmas pudding, turkey, lots of sweets and presents around the house. It is very easy to miss what your dog could slip away with and eat that may cause digestive upset. If you notice any signs a digestive disorder in your pet such as vomiting or diarrhoea, get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.