Occasional rounds of digestive upsets should not be taken seriously. They may be cured by waiting or by use of an over-the-counter medicine. But cases that last more than a day or two or that escalate in severity should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration and other complications. Any further delay in treatment can impede chances of a speedy return to good health or hinder treatment of a serious disorder or an ailment.

Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are quite common in dogs. There are many underlying causes that can upset your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. These problems can be caused from eating spoilt food or some other substance, to parasites, bacterial infestation or viral infections, or intake of other toxic substances. Other diseases such as the inflammation of the pancreas, chronic hepatic disease, or inflammation of the intestinal walls May also trigger vomiting and diarrhea in your dog. The inflammation makes it difficult for your dog to digest food. This leads to lack of absorption of food and eventually result in general weakness and dehydration.

The most common symptoms observed in a dog with intestinal problems are;

Decreased appetite: Your dog with an intestinal problem is likely to avoid eating as eating would trigger discomfort.

Weight loss: When your pet avoids eating or eats less, he is definitely going to lose weight which will eventually lead to general weakness.

Vomiting: Severe gastrointestinal problems like, severe inflammation or chronic hepatic disease can cause vomiting and dehydration in your pet. This may lead to fatal dehydration as well.

Diarrhea: The causes of diarrhea may vary from eating a foul substance to severe parasite or bacterial infestation. Other much more serious problems may also trigger diarrhea in your pet.

Constipation: irregular bowl movements or lack of bowl movements are yet another indicator of an underlying problem in your pet. Decreased intake of fluids to intestinal inflammation can be the reason for this symptom.