What you should do when your dog has digestive issues

Diarrhea, upset stomach or your dog is refusing to eat? There are many reasons why your dog might experience gastrointestinal disorders. As even the most common signs can be related to a serious illness, give your veterinarian a call if you notice any changes in your dog’s behavior.

Make note of all behavior changes

A medical history is one of the most important part of identifying the cause of your canine’s symptoms. Share that history with your veterinarian, including all current symptoms you have noticed at home. Include any changes in diet or behavior and any incidents possibly related to your pet’s current digestive issues as well. For example, have there been any changes to recent eating habits? Sudden introductions of new food can trigger issues. Access to any human food, garbage or other non-food items can also create digestive disruptions or possible obstructions. We also recommend to mention if your dog has been in contact with other sick animals. Decreased energy and loss of appetite may also be signs of illness that are caused by something other than just being tired.

Diarrhea and vomiting are the most common symptoms

Dogs suffering from diarrhea can show a sense of urgency to go outside or they will have accidents in your home.Sudden changes in bathroom habits and vomiting are always clues that something is not quite right.Such problems can be signs of an infection, chronic illness or another serious condition. Your veterinarian will perform a physical examination and will often run some blood tests to find out more details. A fecal test can also be suggested in order to rule out parasites. Sometimes radiographs (x-rays) are necessary. Treatment plans can depend on what causes the issues and can include fluids, a short-term or long-term therapeutic diet, an adjusted feeding schedule or medications including pain meds and antibiotics prescribed by your veterinarian.