Why does my dog have digestive problems?
Table of Contents
- 1 Why does my dog have digestive problems?
- 2 A Little Known Way To Deal With Dog Digestive System Problems
- 3 Things you probably shouldn’t try
- 4 Summary
ParasitesParasites are a very common source of digestive upset in dogs. All kinds of parasites can affect the digestive tract. If your dog is suffering from ongoing or recurrent digestive upset, your veterinarian will certainly perform an examination of the stool in order to determine whether parasites may be present. Screening for parasites should be a part of every dog’s annual visit to the vet. Keep in mind that sometimes parasites can be missed during screening, depending on their life cycle and how thorough the test was. Test again if your dog’s vet cannot find the cause of the illness.
LifestyleOvereating, poor-quality food, chemicals, indigestible objects, or injury to the digestive system can all result in digestive problems. If your dog suffers sudden digestive upset, having eaten a foreign object is very likely the cause. Your veterinary can perform x-rays or other imaging to find out if your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t have.
Genetic problems or other diseasesDog digestive problems can result from enzyme deficiencies or even birth defects. Twisting of the stomach, known as gastric torsion, causes severe dog digestive problems and does not have a known cause. Diseases of other organs in the body, including the liver, kidney, and adrenal glands, can also result in digestive upset such as vomiting and diarrhea.
A Little Known Way To Deal With Dog Digestive System ProblemsYour veterinarian might decide that the best way to deal with your dog’s digestive problems is to address lifestyle issues. If this is the case, there’s plenty that you can do to improve your dog’s quality of life and even completely stop dog digestive system problems. Here are some things that can help.
FiberFiber is beneficial in your dog’s food because it:
- Helps move the digestive tract along
- Makes your dog feel full without overeating
- Can aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals by keeping them in the digestive tract longer