Dogs are omnivores, meaning they are designed to live on a diet containing both meat and vegetables. Their broad-ranging palate and their ability to gulp down large amounts in one sitting (thanks to an extremely stretchy stomach) earn dogs a bit of a gluttonous reputation.
Sadly, pancreatitis in dogs is all too common, certain breeds are more susceptible to it such as Cocker Spaniels and Miniature Schnauzers, but it can affect any pooch. Simply put, pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach that helps your dog to digest his food by producing digestive enzymes that are released into the small intestine.
If stress is a possible trigger of your dog’s grumbling gut, take steps to find out the root cause and how the impact can be minimised. Have you moved house recently? Has anyone (human or otherwise) moved into or left the home lately? Has your dog been exposed to loud noises such as thunder or fireworks? These are just some of the more common causes of stress in pets, which may be responsible for some of the symptoms associated with IBS or IBD.
The gastrointestinal tract is a hollow tube running through the body from the mouth to the anus. Each section is responsible for a different part of the food digestion process. Gastroenteritis in dogs occurs when either the gastric (stomach) or enteric (intestinal) part of the tract are affected by inflammation.
We all want our pets to be healthy and happy, so if your dog won’t eat it’s a real worry – after all for most pooch’s dinner time is one of the highlights of their day! Sadly, dogs don’t talk so your pup can’t tell you why they aren’t scoffing down their grub, but there’s a variety of reasons it could be.
If you notice your dog pooping blood it can be pretty scary, although it can be a symptom of a serious condition, don’t panic, it could be because of something pretty innocuous too. Finding blood in your dog’s stool is not something that you can ignore as it is actually a symptom that something is wrong with your pooch and not an ailment in itself.
What are dog anal glands? These little sacs sit on either side of the dog’s anus, around the 4 and 8 o’clock positions. Located just below the skin surface between the two layers of muscle of the sphincter controlling the anus, they produce an oily, foul-smelling yellow to brown fluid that dogs use to broadcast who they are and mark their territory.