Digestive Problems in Animals and what to do about it
We know all too well the pain and discomfort that comes with digestive problems. For humans, we take medication and do the necessary things to make us feel better. Digestive problems in animals is not too dissimilar to humans but they cannot take such action.
The digestive system is made up of the stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas. They are full of enzymes and bacteria that help turn food into energy and tissue. When these organs are functioning fully many animals, including most pets, will display a healthy appetite, firm stools and plenty of energy.
Animals can suffer from ulcers, colitis, IBS and enteritis. Symptoms of these can be constipation or diarrhoea, vomiting, rumbling stomachs, bloating, bad breath, no appetite and/or low energy.
Some digestive disorders are just a funny tummy and resolve themselves after a few days. Where bacteria or an allergy is to blame this may continue for a while or until the problem is solved.
Stomach acid can be a problem with animals too, especially where acid is back flowed into the animals’ oesophagus. There are some causes for this, continuous vomiting, food sensitivities or a foreign body in the throat.
Symptoms of this include excessive salivation, difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, persistent licking and weight loss.
The back flow of stomach acid is fairly common in dogs. The high acid content of the digestive juices in the dogs’ stomach back flows into the dogs’ oesophagus and causes inflammation of the walls and mucus. This causes the dog discomfort, especially when eating.
Ways of treating this include a modified diet of easily digestible food served in small portions, and lowering the acidic content of the stomach. Depending what animal you are trying to treat depends on the diet that it should be encouraged to eat.
What should you do when you suspect an animal has a digestive problem?
As many digestive problems in animals are caused as a direct result of diet, it is a good idea to focus on its most recent food source. Has something changed, has it eaten something it shouldn’t have or has it been laid out to new pasture, possibly with new shrubs, grasses or trees that it may have ingested?
Many times, once the source or cause has been identified, it can be as simple as reverting back to the normal diet.
If this is impossible, for example, if a calf or foal has just weened from it’s mother, it would be a good idea to change the diet again or try one of our supplements that can help and assist to give the nutrients that it needs.
Sometimes, it could be that an animal has suffered mild poisoning from a plant or substance that releases toxins into the bloodstream. If this is the case, then we would strongly recommend a product that can help to lower the toxins in an animals bloodstream.
Our suggestion is to carefully consider what category your animal fits into and then act accordingly.
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