Gastrointestinal Disease In Cats and Dogs

Gastrointestinal disease

Gastrointestinal Tract Disease (GIT disease) is among the most common disorder your pet could experience. The condition is usually minor although sometimes, it’s a sign of something more serious. Gastrointestinal disease is most commonly caused by diet or minor infections, however, ingestion of poisons, inflammatory disease, or cancer could be more serious causes.

How is gastrointestinal disease diagnosed?

To rule out the more common causes of GIT disease, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and ask you questions about your pet’s diet and parasite prevention history. If the problem cannot be determined based on these findings, your vet will perform diagnostic tests to determine if the condition is potentially dangerous.
If your pet is sick, dehydrated or exhibiting unusual behaviour, immediate treatment may be started to support their body and internal organs. Seeking early medical attention will ensure a quick recovery. It is important to monitor your pets for signs that could indicate GIT disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders?

The symptoms will often vary according to the type and severity of disease, and may include:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • bloody stools
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • pain
  • restlessness
  • bloating
  • weight loss

Common causes of GIT disease are gastroenteritis, food allergies, blockages, ulcers, cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease. Make an appointment with your vet if you notice any of the signs of GIT disorder in your pet.