SENSITIVE STOMACH IN DOGS

2021 - Philip Uwaoma

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Similarly to their human owners, some dogs are very prone to digestive issues, and what seem like small changes to their diet — eating new foods, eating at unusual times, or simply eating too quickly, for example — can cause gastrointestinal problems. Yes, despite dogs’ seeming ability to be able to eat any and everything, they can indeed have sensitive stomachs.

 

Some dogs are born with a sensitive stomach while others develop the condition later in life. Either way, it is something that needs to be addressed for your dog to thrive. Gastroenteritis is a broad term used to define stomach upsets with symptoms that includes but not limited to stomach pain, dysentery, and vomiting. Gastroenteritis can be caused by various factors such as stomach infections and unaccustomed meals. Any deficiency in a dog's diet will cause stomach issues.

 

Causes of gastroenteritis (gastrointestinal problems) can be internal (inside the stomach) or external (outside the stomach). Internal causes for an upset stomach include dietary indiscretion (a fancy way of saying your dog ate something they shouldn't), food allergies, overeating, ulcers, tumors, parasites, and intestinal blockages.

 

Signs of a Sensitive Stomach
Thankfully, the signs of a sensitive stomach- even if nasty- are easy to spot. So, can you spot the signs of a sensitive stomach in your dog?An upset digestive system often starts with noise: gurgling and churning sounds may be heard before the evidence of vomiting or diarrhea is seen.

The classic signs of a sensitive stomach include intermittent loose stools or diarrhea, nausea (you can tell your dog feels sick if they're not eating or if they're licking their lips and swallowing a lot), and excessive wind. There may be blood in the stools and your dog might vomit.

 

Causes of Sensitive Stomach in Dogs
Since dogs are curious creatures that interact with nature and explore their surroundings with their nose and mouth, it’s not surprising that they are prone to stomach issues. Besides, dogs basically eat whatever feels edible. Another likely cause of your dog's sensitive stomach is a reaction to something in their diet. If they have a sensitivity, intolerance, or allergy to one of the ingredients in their daily meals, no amount of supplementation, dog-proofing, or meal schedules will help them get better.

 

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