Did you know that that one of the most common reasons that pet owners visit an animal hospital is because of gastrointestinal issues?
Does your dog or cat have episodic loose stools? Is it difficult for you to pick it up on your walks or in the yard? Does your pet vomit with any degree of regularity? If you answered yes to any of these questions we can help.
Dogs and cats should not be having loose stools or vomiting with any degree of regularity, since they are frequently eating the same diet every day. Certainly, young puppies and some dogs in early adolescence are less discriminate about their dietary habits and may develop very episodic gastrointestinal distress.
If episodic gastrointestinal signs persist for more than 3 weeks they are characterized as chronic.
Dogs and cats have a very complex immune system within their gastrointestinal tract. At times the normal signaling and normal function may be flawed resulting in chronic inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract. This chronic inflammation frequently leads to episodic irregularities in stool consistency and or vomiting. Fortunately, many of these pets as high as 86% will respond to an appropriate dietary adjustment.
Dogs and cats also have a complex mixture of bacteria within the gastrointestinal tract. Recently there has been significant research on the microbiome of the GI tract in animals and humans. The microbiome is the genetic makeup of the bacteria residing within the GI tract. The microbiome frequently becomes altered with more toxic bacteria overgrowing the good bacteria. This can result in chronic inflammation with GI symptoms and frequently can be managed with minimal therapy.
If you think that your dog or cat is experiencing any of these symptoms and you are concerned, please call and speak with our medical staff.
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