Gastroenteritis in Dogs: Spotting the Signs
As dog owners, you may be aware of the recent news about rising cases of gastroenteritis in dogs. While not all parts of the UK are affected with the spread of this nasty bug in dogs, it is worthwhile to know which signs and symptoms to look out for in your furry friend.
What is gastroenteritis?
Written by Tammy Hunter and Ernest Ward on the VCA Animal Hospitals website, gastroenteritis is the inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection, or exposure to viruses, parasites, medication and new foods.
What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis?
While most dogs may experience some of these symptoms very rarely, it is important to look out for frequency or timings of these symptoms. Your dog may be showing signs of:
- More than 5 episodes of vomiting or diarrhoea in a 12 hour period
- The vomit may contain yellowish looking bile or be foamy in appearance
- Diarrhoea may have gravy-like consistency and appearance
- Tender stomach and abdomen area
- Lack in energy and appear a lot more lethargic
- Decreased appetite and dehydration
Diagnosing gastroenteritis in dogs?
Taking your dog to the vet if you think it may have gastroenteritis is extremely important, to further rule out any other potential infections or illness. Knowing your dog’s medical history will help in diagnosis gastroenteritis too. This list has the information you need to know about your dog’s medical history.
How to treat gastroenteritis in dogs?
It will be hard to see your dog suffer from gastroenteritis however, it is quite easy to cure and mainly consists of rehydration and restoration of electrolytes. Antibiotics, anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhoea medication is given along with food after 24-48 hours in small intervals. A diet of low fat foods is key to allow your dog to recover quickly.
While gastroenteritis is not an extremely dangerous illness, it is highly contagious so it is important to prevent your dog from meeting other dogs and spreading the disease. PawsApp are here to offer you private walks without the worry of the spread of gastroenteritis. It cannot be passed onto humans from a dog. Checking for any signs early on if you have any worried and contacting your vet will allow for a quick diagnosis and speedy recovery, so your dog will be in top shape again!