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Digestive Health

Digestive Problems in Pets

Digestive problems in pets can be a source of concern for pet owners. Animals can experience various digestive issues affect overall health and well-being. Digestive problems can range from mild to temporary to more severe and chronic conditions. Understanding the common digestive problems that pets may face is important for early detection, proper treatment, and prevention. 

Digestive Health

Don’t Make Your Pet Eat

The best response is not to feed the pet or administer medicine. Vomiting and diarrhea are physical reactions to something wrong inside the animal. Doing so uses too much water, which can dehydrate the animal. Available water helps restore lost hydration and gives the pet a chance to rest.

The second step is to examine the mess before cleaning it up. The smell will be bad, and the urge to clean it immediately will be strong. Before you do, take the time to examine what came out of the pet. If there are signs of foreign material in the vomit or excrement, such as an ear plug, piece of plastic, or strange objects, there’s a good chance that’s what caused the problem. Expelling the object may have cleared out the issue. Now it’s time to let the pet rest and ensure the digestive problems don’t continue before feeding.

Continuing Problems

Call our veterinarian if the pet continues to have digestive problems, or if it’s clear the animal swallowed something it shouldn’t have. With examination, vet procedures, and medical products, the animal will expel the item in its stomach. Alternatively, if the problem is in the intestines, animal-safe laxatives can also expel it. However, sometimes the issue is ongoing, bowel irritation, or infection. The object could be too big to expel on its own. When this happens, elevated care may be needed from our veterinarian.

Pet Digestive Help

Prevention of digestive problems in pets includes providing a balanced and appropriate diet, ensuring access to clean water, regular exercise, parasite prevention, and prompt veterinary care for any signs of illness. By maintaining good digestive health, pets can enjoy optimal well-being and a better quality of life.

If you need help with a pet stomach problem, TLC for Pets in Reisterstown, MD, is here. Our team is experienced in dealing with all types of animal stomach and digestive problems, from allergies to poisonings to food pets shouldn't be eating. We can help with chronic issues. Call us at (410) 833-1717 to schedule an appointment. You don't need to guess how to care for your pet independently. We're here for you!