Gastrointestinal Tract Disease (GIT disease) is amongst the most common disorders that your pet may encounter. Often these conditions can be minor issues or signs of something more serious. The most common causes of gastrointestinal disease in dogs and cats are caused from diet, infections, poisons, inflammatory disease or cancer disorders.
How are Gastrointestinal disorders diagnosed?
The first step in determining the underlying cause of the GIT disease is to rule out the common causes. This is usually done through taking a dietary history, performing a physical exam and asking questions about your pet’s preventative health care program for parasites. If the problem cannot be determined based on these findings your vet will often perform diagnostic tests to find out if the condition is potentially dangerous.
If your pet is sick or dehydrated or exhibiting unusual behaviour, treatment may be started to support their body and internal organs. Seeking early medical attention can help with 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, symptoms may include:
- Bloody stools
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Commonly seen causes of Gastrointestinal disorders, gastroenteritis, food allergies, blockages, ulcers, cancers and inflammatory bowel disease.