Detect signs of digestive problems in the dog
If you have noticed some recent changes in your dog’s behavior when eating or evacuating, they may be signs of digestive problems.
If you have noticed changes in the digestion of the dog, at the time of eating or evacuating, it is important that you take it to the veterinarian so that you can perform a complete examination. However, there are also many signs that you can see that may indicate specific digestive problems.
Understanding dog digestion and what is normal for them when it comes to evacuation and other bodily functions is useful, as it allows you to quickly detect if something is wrong.
Diarrhea and digestive problems in dogs
Diarrhea is a common symptom of digestive problems, particularly in the small intestine or large intestine. If the dog has diarrhea, he will feel the need to evacuate more frequently and do so regularly. Stools are likely to be more liquid than solid and may contain mucus. Diseases of the large intestine cause the dog to make small amounts of diarrhea, but very often.
Constipation in dogs
Constipation is another frequent symptom of digestive problems and can have several possible underlying causes. If the dog is constipated, its feces will be hard or dry and bowel movements will be uncommon. It will also be noted that the dog makes a greater effort when making his bowel movements.
Vomiting and regurgitation in your dog
Some digestive problems can cause your dog to regurgitate or vomit, which are two different bodily functions with different causes.
Regurgitation is a passive activity that can occur shortly after swallowing and causes your dog to expel undigested solid food. It may also show pain when swallowing. Vomiting is a reflex act that is accompanied by nausea, retching or hypersalivation. When vomiting, solid and liquid foods are expelled, which could be partially digested in stomach acid. These symptoms are usually associated with various digestive disorders, such as problems related to the passage of food to the stomach through the esophagus, the stomach or the gastrointestinal system itself in general.
Behavior and appearance of your dog
In addition to diarrhea, constipation, vomiting and regurgitation, your dog may show changes in its behavior and appearance that could indicate digestive problems. For example, chronic digestive problems can cause an inability to absorb all the nutrients that the body needs, which would result in your dog losing weight and showing a dry, dull and brittle coat.
Changes in appetite, along with flatulence and abdominal discomfort, could indicate problems in the small intestine and, if your dog shows many of these symptoms frequently, it could be due to chronic gastrointestinal problems.
The first step to know if your dog has a digestive problem is to know their eating habits and other body processes. If your behavior has changed a lot and shows signs of vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, you should go to the vet to advise you on the best way to act.