It doesn’t even matter how much you love them, sometimes, pet issues are so subtle and asymptomatic to the ignorant dog owner, you won’t even know that something is wrong until it’s too late. Once you do know them though, you will recognize that something is wrong, which could save your pet from a lot of pain and even an untimely demise.
Go through the list below and check to see if you have been ignoring any of the common GI symptoms in your dog unknowingly.
Canines have a stronger system than us and vomiting once in while might just be the body’s way of throwing up something that it cannot digest. However, persistent vomiting with blood in it is a sign of an emergency situation. The same applies if your dog has diarrhea accompanying the vomiting, and/or has seizures alongside.
Frequent and Bloody Diarrhea
If your dog is vomiting, excreting loose stool and there might be blood in both, take them to the vert already! The poor pooch needs immediate attention or it will pass away from dehydration alone.
Excessive Urination and Panting
Two of the most common signs of chocolate poisoning are excessive urination and panting, alongside vomiting and diarrhea. Chocolate and caffeine in sufficient amounts can and will kill your dog, so if you suspect they have been fed chocolate, a stomach pump will be necessary to save their life. Do not give them birthday cakes made out of real dough and chocolate!
Sudden Bouts of Diarrhea/Constipation and Vomiting
If your dog has IBD or irritable bowel disease, then they are likely to have sudden and unannounced bouts of severe diarrhea, constipation and vomiting. They will feel a lot of pain as well, so yelping is common. As this is a genetic syndrome rather than an acute case, you should use a GI supplement for dogs regularly, which are designed for reducing the effects of IBD, gas, indigestion, constipation, etc. As a matter fact, they should be used to help alleviate the symptoms of all dogs who suffer from flatulence, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal issues. Veterinary care for management will also be necessary to manage painful episodes if your dog actually does have IBD.
It’s common to be weak after throwing up and having diarrhea, but if they lose interest in food for a long time after as well, it might be something more serious, which could require immediate attention. Pancreatitis is a common culprit for dogs that yelp, don’t eat, and walk with an arched back.
Fortunately, most of the gastrointestinal diseases that the canine species are afflicted with do not turn out to be deadly right away under normal circumstances. Diseases like leptospirosis, rabies, heartworms, etc. are far more deadly for sure, but they are also a lot rarer in house pets that are well kept. GI problems, on the other hand, can happen to almost any dog out there and when left untreated, more serious diseases such as acute pancreatitis and parvoviral enteritis can be just as deadly too unfortunately.