Dog Digestive Tract
Your dog is a mammal that is similarly constructed as other mammals that fall in the category of carnivores. The digestive tract plays a very important role in the health and well being of your dog. Any disease in the digestive tract directly affects your dog’s overall health, as your dog will avoid eating to save himself the pain and agony. Here are some of the digestive tract troubles that your dog encounters sometimes.
Gastric dilation is usually referred to as bloat. This is a serious medical emergency that often ends in death. In this condition, the dog’s stomach becomes dilated with gas and twists on itself, blocking off blood flow to the stomach and preventing the stomach from emptying. This results in further buildup of gas and initiates a vicious cycle.
The actual cause of the condition is not known, but large dogs with deep, narrow chests are more prone to this disease than smaller dogs with barrel-shaped chests. Another reason for bloat is eating rapidly. Dogs who are picky, slow eaters seem to have a lower incidence of bloat than dogs that gulp down their food greedily.
Bloat is one of the most urgent medical emergencies a dog ever faces. A dog suffering from bloat has a distended abdomen and retches, salivates, and has trouble breathing. They may pace back and forth and appear very uncomfortable. If the dog is not given veterinary treatment within a few hours of developing bloat they are likely to die.
Usually dogs vomit for different reasons than us. If a dog feels a little uneasy, they can voluntarily vomit to relieve the irritation. Some dogs eat a huge meal, vomit it up, and eat it again as a habit. Sometimes a dog gets an irritable stomach about 10 to 12 hours after her last meal and regurgitates a little greenish bile. You can relieve this stomach irritation by feeding your god less food more frequently than the normal twice a day routine. The biggest reason is that dogs eat indiscriminately and then end up with gastritis. Vomiting the indigestible out of the system would give a relief.
Being indiscriminate eaters, dogs suffer from diarrhea which entirely depends up on their habits. Diarrhea may just be the body’s way of clearing the intestine of something disagreeable.
The best thing you can do for a simple case of diarrhea is to put your dog on a fast for a day. Missing a meal or two won’t harm your dog, but it will give their gastrointestinal tract a chance to repair itself. After an episode, your dog usually will be back to herself in no time, but be sure to hydrate your dog during the diarrheic period.
The usual cause for constipation in dogs is usually blockade in the digestive tract. A constipated dog spends longer than usual defecating, and the resultant stools are small, round, and hard. The other cause of constipation is insufficient water, often coupled with too much time between potty breaks. Always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to flush heir intestinal tract.
It is essential to know that exercise is an affective cure for constipation. A long walk or a vigorous game of fetch does a great job of kick-starting a sluggish bowel. With a combination of fiber, vegetables and exercise, your dog will be as regular as clockwork in no time.