Dogs often have sensitive stomachs, and it’s not unusual for a dog to develop a digestive issue.
Here are the 10 most common canine digestive problems:
1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD is a result of chronic bowel inflammation, and it’s tough to diagnose. Diet changes and medications can help.
Bacterial, parasitic, and viral infections can wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system.
Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, often from infection, bad food, or medication, can lead to this condition. It needs electrolyte balance and rehydration.
A dog who has trouble passing stools may be constipated and need more or less fiber, water, or a stool softener.
This condition inflames the colon and is often a result of stress, infection, or bad food.
This refers to difficulty absorbing nutrients of some varieties. Enzyme supplements are a common form of treatment.
Loose, watery, or soft stools can be a sign of diarrhea. There are many potential causes.
Canine bloat happens when a stomach twists after filling with gas. It is a medical emergency and requires immediate emergency care.
A dog who throws up could have eaten something bad, or it could be a sign of something more serious. Monitor your dog for a day or two to see if it gets worse or doesn’t stop.
10. Gastrointestinal Ulcers
These ulcers – or lesions – appear on the lining of the stomach due to stress, allergies, infections, or foreign object consumption. Therapy, surgery, rehydration, and diet change are common treatment options.
If you suspect your dog has a difficult digestive problem, speak to a vet about treatment and management options.
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