Stomach issues are common in the pet population. In most cases, these are transitory and easily treated, but in other cases, these problems can signal a serious medical issue. Your vet can diagnose the problem to ensure your pet receives the most effective treatment. At Central Virginia Veterinary Clinic in Louisa VA, we help animals that are experiencing common stomach issues.
Symptoms of Pet Stomach Problems
Both dogs and cats can experience stomach issues that lead to several symptoms. The owner may notice frequent diarrhea or chronic constipation. The animal may vomit frequently. There may be loss of appetite or excessive appetite. The animal may lose weight and fail to thrive. Some conditions, such as bloat, can cause expansion of the abdomen. Tumors of the digestive tract may cause lumps on the abdomen or other symptoms.
Causes of Pet Stomach Issues
Finding the cause of a pet’s stomach problem can take some investigation. Your vet may do blood tests or fecal tests to detect parasites or other issues. Possible allergy issues may require an “elimination diet” to try to find the offending food causing the symptoms. The animal may have an obstruction of the bowel or cancerous growths in the abdomen. Some stomach issues are due to genetic factors, and your pet may require ongoing treatment for the condition.
Diagnosing and Treating Stomach Issues
The vet may do an x-ray or ultrasound test of the abdomen. In some cases, an endoscopic exam, in which a tiny camera at the end of a flexible tube, is inserted into the animal to visually detect where a problem lies.
Veterinarians have a variety of medications that can be used to treat conditions that affect the stomach and intestines. In some cases, a change of diet is necessary to control inflammation from an allergic reaction or other problems. Medications may also be used for a short time to control vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Some animals may require surgery to remove an obstruction, remove a tumor or make a repair to relieve discomfort and troublesome symptoms.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Stomach Issue Treatment in Louisa
Dr. Baker and the team at Central Virginia Veterinary Clinic are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to their patients in Louisa, VA, and surrounding areas. We offer a range of veterinary services, including vaccinations, surgery, dental care, parasite prevention, care for dehydration and heatstroke, and diabetes care. Contact Central Virginia Veterinary Clinic today at (540) 967-1404 for an appointment to learn about effective treatments for your pet’s stomach problems.