When you have a pet with gastrointestinal issues, it can be upsetting for you and painful for the dog. There are countless causes of these issues, and you may find the source of the problem and make sure they don't get into it again. However, many times there is no cause found for the digestive problems, and you need to instead concentrate on treatment. At White Marsh Animal Hospital, we have provided residents of White Marsh, MD, with pet care services for many years including the diagnosis and treatment of pet gastrointestinal issues.
If you notice that your pet is drooling much more than usual or has diarrhea, these can be signs of a problem. Your pet also may experience constipation when there's a problem. You should know how often your pet has a bowel movement just in case. Your pet may spit up or throw up. They may lose their appetite or have signs of abdominal pain. Being bloated and having a hard time defecating are also signs of a problem. Dehydration is another sign of gastrointestinal issues.
If your pet is having digestive issues, you may need to see the veterinarian get medication and advice about how to help them to feel better. Your pet may need an anti-nausea medication or one to help with diarrhea. Your pet might need to get a stomach protectant or an antacid to help. Probiotics can often be effective, as can drinking an electrolyte fluid. Sometimes, the veterinarian will suggest that you withhold food and water for a set period or feed your pet a very bland diet for a while. Your pet may need multiple types of medication to help them to feel better.
When you have a pet with a digestion problem, it's time for your pet to visit the animal hospital to see White Marsh, MD, for assessment and treatment.