Digestive Problems in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Digestive Problems in Dogs: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Dogs cannot tell you when they feel sick or when their stomach is upset. So the signs and symptoms should tell us that our dog is not feeling well. It is important that we know the action or habits of our dogs so that we can know that their behavior change because they are experiencing digestive problems in dogs. So here are some of the digestive problems in dogs that we need to watch out for.

Constipation

Constipation is inadequate or complete lack of passage of stool form in the body. This is one of the most common digestive problems in dogs. There are lots of reasons why your dog may be constipated. Some of these are lack of exercise, dehydration, not enough dietary fiber, swallowing of a foreign object like stones and garbage or debris. You will know that your dog is constipated when he/she has not defecated in two or more days or when he/she is whimpering while trying to defecate. This is often a sign that your dog is suffering from constipation. To treat your dog’s constipation, you should give him/her a laxative or stool softener but before giving him/her that, you should consult your veterinarian first. You can also increase your dog’s fiber intake, give him/her plenty of water, and increase his/her exercise too.

your dog is constipated when he/she has not defecated in two or more days

Your dog is constipated when he/she has not defecated in two or more days

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Pancreatic Diseases

Pancreatitis is sometimes a life-threatening digestive problem in dogs. It is the swelling and inflammation of the pancreas that is painful and seldom understood health problems of dogs. There are different forms of pancreatitis, acute pancreatitis means sudden and chronic pancreatitis that is characterized by a recurring or persistent form of pancreatic inflammation. You’ll know that your dog has a pancreatic disease when he/she show this kind of symptoms, loss of appetite, has a fever, repeated vomiting, does have diarrhea, and shows weakness. There is no approved treatment for the pancreatic diseases, but it may require hospitalization so that the doctor can monitor the nutritional and fluid needs of your dog. You can prevent your dog from having pancreatic disease by avoiding low-protein diets.

Give your dog eat protein enought

Give your dog eat protein enought

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a dog disease that is characterized by frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. This digestive problem in dogs is caused by a change of diet, ingestion of garbage or spoiled food, ingestion of poisonous substance, bacterial infection, food intolerance, stress or emotional upset, and allergies. The symptoms of this disease are vomiting, blood or mucus in the feces, depression, fever, and straining to defecate. You can treat your dog’s diarrhea by giving them food that can help normalize their stool. Foods like yogurt, rice water, white rice, probiotics, herbs, boiled potatoes, and cottage cheese. When diarrhea does not stop despite the food that you give him/her, you should take your dog to the veterinary clinic and ask your veterinarian for guidance.

Dog Tapeworm

Tapeworm infestation typically settles in the small intestine of dogs and other pets. This can become a more serious type of digestive problem in dogs when they start suffering from anemia. Your dog contains tapeworm when his/her fur becomes dull. You may also see that your dog is constantly licking or biting his/her anal area. Your dog could be restless and show signs of irritability and malaise. The treatment for your dog’s tapeworm is very simple. You can give your pet a dewormer or also called as a parasiticide. This may come in oral or injection medication. But you must ask your veterinarian first before giving him/her this dewormer medication.

 Your dog could be restless and show signs of irritability and malaise

 Your dog could be restless and show signs of irritability and malaise

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Dog Bloat

Dog bloat is when its stomach is filled with gas, food or fluid that makes it expand. During this time, the stomach puts pressure on other organs. This condition is dangerous or even deadly. You’ll know that your dog is bloated when he/she looks anxious, trying to vomit but nothing comes out, pace, and when he/she acts restless. The treatment of this bloating depends on how severe is the condition of your dog. When you suspect that your dog is bloated, you can take him/her to the nearest veterinary clinic. When this digestive problem in dogs is not treated in time, the condition can kill them.  You can also prevent your dog from getting bloated by not giving him/her one large meal a day, by not letting him/her eat or drink quickly or too much, and by not stressing him/her.

Vomiting

Dogs vomit for the same reasons as humans do like

Dogs vomit for the same reasons as humans do like

Like humans, a dog needs to expel some unnecessary contents of their stomach. It may be caused by overeating or eating something that their body does not agree with, or they eat too fast and some unchewed food makes them feel too full that they vomit. Dogs vomit for the same reasons as humans do like, sudden change of diet, gastrointestinal illness, eating non-food items, intestinal parasites, heatstroke, and eating poisonous substances. To treat the vomiting of your dog, you need to withhold food for at least 24 hours and give him/her small amount of water frequently. Also, offer a small amount of rice. When vomiting does not occur, the dog is slowly switched back to his normal diet over the course of several days. But when it does not stop, take your dog to the veterinary clinic and ask for guidance since this may indicate a more serious digestive problem in your dog.