Common Signs and Causes of GI Upset in Pets

When your pet becomes ill, you often get worried. They cannot communicate whether they’re seriously ill or if it is just a small bug that they might have caught. This is a cause of concern for many pet owners. However, it is good to consider both good (and bad!) causes of GI upset in pets. It is best to see your veterinarian as soon as you can to rule out more serious causes of the symptoms if they’re noticed.

Signs of GI Upset in Pets

There are a few different signs or symptoms to watch for of GI upset in pets. It is important to note that one pet might have one, while another has a handful. The symptoms can range in severity as well, depending on the underlying cause of the GI upset.

  • Eating grass
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes to their appetite
  • Excessive salivation
  • Passing gas more than usual that has a foul odor
  • Dehydration signs
  • Gurgling stomach sounds

Causes of GI Upset in Pets

While it can be as simple as just having excess gas, it is important to note some of the most common causes for pets to have GI upset. Whether it is coming up one end or out the other, many symptoms can easily be relieved and remedied through various approaches.

Stress, separation anxiety, and changes to normal schedules are often the culprits for a pet going through GI issues. When there is a change like this in the family routine, it is important to stay as close to the regular schedule as possible to see if this fixes the issue.

Another common cause of GI upset in pets is a change in the pet’s food or eating food that they do not normally eat. If a dog is accustomed to eating one type and brand of food, then it is changed or they’re given table food for a short period of time, their stomachs are not able to handle the change in the diet, thus leading to the GI upset.

Both of the above reasons are the most common, as well as the most easily treatable in pets. They are not the only causes for this, but they’re less severe and often just require a shift in schedules, food balances or other remedies.

There are also more serious issues that can arise in a pet when they have GI issues. Parasites, poison,  infection or chronic disease and other more serious problems may be causing the GI upset. The pet will generally have other symptoms, as well. Simple fecal tests, blood tests and other tests can be performed to rule out these issues if the more common ones are not to blame.

If you find that your pet has symptoms of a GI upset, it is important to speak with a licensed veterinarian. They can provide a more thorough exam, with tests as necessary, to find out the cause of the symptoms and find a way to treat them as best as they can.

If you are in Dade City, FL and your pet is experiencing GI discomfort, give us a call at 352-567-2669 to schedule an appointment today. We will get to the bottom of your pet’s illness right away.