Tummy troubles are no fun, as almost everyone knows. Pets can suffer from intestinal woes also, and pet digestive problems are one of the most common ailments pet owners have to deal with. Knowing when to seek your veterinarian’s help is an important part of pet ownership, and acting quickly can prevent a bad situation from becoming worse.

Signs of Pet Digestive Problems

Depending on the severity of your pet’s symptoms, signs of pet digestive problems can range from mild to severe. Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hunched back
  • Abdominal bloating

Common Causes

For many pets, digestive issues are simply the result of eating something they shouldn’t have (garbage, table scraps, etc.). Other causes include:

  • Hairballs
  • Food allergies
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Parasites
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Poisoning

Obviously, some of these are quite serious and would be considered a pet emergency. Pay close attention to your pet’s symptoms during this time and don’t be afraid to call us if you are worried about your pet’s well-being.

Cause for Concern

Diarrhea generally just needs to run its course in our pets. Make sure your little buddy gets plenty of rest and is offered fresh water or low sodium broth to stay hydrated. Give us a call or bring your pet in to see us right away if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting that does not stop or decrease after 24 hours
  • Blood in the stool or vomit
  • Fever
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Signs of pain, including hunched back, vocalization, or reacting with pain when touched
  • Lethargy
  • Collapse

If you know or suspect your pet has eaten something poisonous, time is of the essence. Call us or bring your pet in (we are open 24/7 for emergency services). If you have any other questions or concerns about pet digestive problems, your team at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services is here for you!