Your pet’s digestive system is one of the pillars of its body. It is one of the hardest-working structures and as such, may potentially suffer the most problems. But these problems do not appear by themselves: there is always a cause.
Among the possible causes the most important are dietary. The worst problem is feeding a pet an inappropriate diet in an ample sense, such as home cooked meals, scraps and overeating. Another is frequent changes in diet, generally caused by the impatience of the owner. Few pet stomachs can resist eating different food every two days.
All of this can break down the poor animal’s digestive health. It suffers from its owner’s badly applied love or from the insufficient information provided by professionals.
In this jumble of dietary causes we must include supplements, such as calcium or vitamins given in excess, or adding meat, entrails or even the fat left over from a meal to pet food. Adding inappropriate and uncontrolled supplements will finally have a cost.
Other causes are mechanical. They impede the normal transit of food through the body. In animals, this is usually due to swallowing foreign objects, usually objects or substances that, logically, should not be found inside a living being or, more precisely, inside its digestive system. There is a long list of objects found in veterinary practices: balls, toys, stones, sticks, sewing needles and threads, remote control parts, mobile phones, socks and stockings, cleaning products and even underwear. They all hinder or impede normal food transit and cause alterations and even the risk of death. The cause is frequently the owner’s carelessness in leaving all of these objects where pets can reach them, without keeping in mind their curiosity.
Finally, there are infectious causes. We are not going to go into them, since they need their own space. But we do have to stress that following vaccination schedules is vital in preventing digestive disorders, such as parvovirus and coronavirus in dogs and panleucopenia in cats.
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