Pets can experience digestive problems just as people do. Some animals have very sensitive gastrointestinal systems that can make them feel uncomfortable and can cause occasional “accidents.”
Finding the cause of the problem can take some time and investigation. Your vet can be helpful in pinpointing the problem, so you can find a workable solution.
Digestive Problems Are Common in Pets
You may begin to suspect your pet has a digestive issue if they have frequent bouts of diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, vomiting or constipation.
In some animals, you can frequently hear the stomach gurgling and churning.
The inability to process foods properly can cause poor coat condition, skin problems and lack of energy.
Discussing Pet Digestive Problems With Your Vet
You should always bring your pet’s digestive problems to the attention of your veterinarian. Symptoms can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem.
The vet will give the animal a thorough physical exam and may also order blood testing or an ultrasound.
If the problem appears to be a food allergy, the vet will help you to determine the source of the allergy. Your veterinarian may suggest an elimination diet.
What Is an Elimination Diet?
An elimination diet is a process of only feeding one food element at a time and monitoring the animal for any problems.
You then gradually add other food items, one by one, to see which ones lead to symptoms.
In this way, you will be able to determine which foods are safe to offer and which ones cause a problem.
Choosing Foods for Your Pet’s Sensitive Stomach
Once you know the offending element in your pet’s diet, you can take steps to avoid it in foods.
You can find a wide variety of pet foods at your local pet supermarket, with a variety of ingredient combinations. You can find high protein, gluten-free and vegetarian pet foods.
Some pet owners find it helpful to purchase organic pet food, which has much fewer additives and chemicals that can cause digestive reactions.
Pet owners should always make food changes gradually, to avoid severe upsets.
Although it may seem strange to be very careful with your pet’s diet, these measures can have a dramatic effect on your pet’s physical condition and comfort.
If you find the right diet for your pet, you will be able to see a difference in his or her health and well being.