just a fancy way to say
“stomach and Bowel” Pain. Pets may be nauseous, observed as
drooling, vomiting, or just not eating. They may also exhibit
abdominal pain observed as groaning, crying out, diarrhea,
constipation or straining with blood or
mucous present in their stool.
When treating your pets, we are always
looking for a cause in order to treat successfully and prevent
another episode. Fecal material helps to rule out parasites or
bacteria, but we are cautious of diet changes, additional new
treats, traveling to new areas, or exposure to new routines,
people, or other animals. Allergies to a food substance are
actually quite common. Usually it is a protein (beef, pork,
chicken) or a carbohydrate source (rice, wheat, oat). These
pets may also exhibit skin irritation and itches or recurrent
ear infections. Sometimes the problem is seasonal and
may be associated with pollen. Be ware of patterns!
Water sources can be especially
incriminating (i.e. ponds, birdbaths, rain water down spouts).
If you own a bird, also be aware of its fecal droppings or seed
Wild animals’ fecal material may be a factor with some dogs.
We also consider foreign bodies like
string, pieces of toys or clothing,
especially with cats or new puppies.
Lastly, as pets’ age, we must consider
metabolic conditions such as thyroid disease,
diabetes, liver problems and cancer.