Digestive System - Stomach & Bowel Disorders

Read about canine digestive disturbances, bowel disease and disorders - symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Bloat/ Gastric Torsion star
Bloat is most often caused when a dog swallows excess air. The stomach rotates on itself and pinches off it´s blood supply. Symptoms include a distended abdomen, nausea, vomiting, ayttempting to vomit, sudden weakness or collapse. Bloat is a life-threatening condition, requiring emergency veterinary treatment. Read more....

Digestive Disturbances in Dogs star[offsite link]
There are many causes of canine digestive disorders - from sudden changes in diet and overeating to ingestion of garbage , toxins, food allergies, infection,inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, foreign bodies, metabolic diseases, organ failure such as kidney, liver, and pancreatic disease, and parasites. If your pet experiences any digestive disorders, it is important to call your veterinarian.

Flatulence star[offsite link]
Flatulence, it can be a problem in some dogs. Does your dog have gas? Flatulence is caused when bacteria in the digestive tract break down food items producing gas. This may be very disruptive and disturbing to you, but it is rarely a serious health problem for the dog.

How To Treat Dog Vomiting star[offsite link]
Any vomiting dog must be evaluated for dehydration. If your dog is vomiting persistently and unable to retain even water, wait no longer than 24 hours before going to your veterinarian. This indicates a severe problem, such as an obstruction, that needs to be treated with IV fluids and possibly surgery. If your dog is still consuming water and occasionally vomiting, then you can try some of the home remedies.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease star[offsite link]
A history of long-standing diarrhea and/or vomiting, weight loss, increased mucous in the stool and possibly blood in the stool would lead a veterinarian to consider Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as a possible cause. Read more...

Pancreatitis star[offsite link]
Dogs with diets high in fat, or dogs who ´steal´ or are fed greasy ´people food´ seem to have a higher incidence of this disease.

Parasites of the Digestive System star[offsite link]
Roundworms, giardia, and coccidia are common intestinal parasites in dogs and puppies. Understanding the life cycles of these and other parasites of the digestive system will help in providing the correct treatment and prevention.

Treating Acute Diarrhea And Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs star[offsite link]
Acute diarrhea starts suddenly and lasts for a few days to a week or two. Chronic diarrhea is less common, but is more serious and will require more effort to correct. This article looks at both types.

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