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Vomiting, diarrhea, obvious discomfort and other signs of a gastrointestinal problem in a beloved pet can make you almost as miserable as the sick animal. To make matters worse, digestive disorders can range from short-term stomach upsets to life-threatening emergencies. At times like these, you need to know your best friend will get the best standard of care to diagnose and treat the problem right away -- and our veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Onslow County (Dr. David H Altman, Dr. Craig Corry and Dr. Kate Ianni) will make sure of it.
Many cases of gastrointestinal distress are related to dietary and nutritional issues. Food sensitivities can cause irritable bowel syndrome, for instance. Diarrhea and dehydration may stem from pancreatic disorders that cause insufficient levels of digestive enzymes. An elimination diet to isolate an offending food may resolve the former problem, while lab tests may able to confirm the latter so we can administer the appropriate treatment. If you know that your pet has ingested a toxic substance, you need to treat it as a veterinary emergency by rushing the animal to our Jacksonville veterinary clinic.
Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) is typically caused by pets eating something they shouldn't, from garbage to "human food" in the form of table scraps. Vomiting may only mean that your pet is stressed or ate too quickly, or it could indicate an underlying kidney, liver or pancreatic problem. We may need to run lab tests, ultrasound and other evaluations to pinpoint the cause of your pet's distress and prescribe a remedy.
Sometimes a digestive disorder may require surgery. These situations may include:
Gastric dilatation-volvulus (bloat) - Bloat is an emergency condition in which the pet's stomach or a part of the intestine becomes twisted, blocking the passage of food. It tends to affect large dog breeds in particular. We can perform surgery to un-twist the affected organ.
Foreign object ingestion - If your pet swallows a foreign object, that object may get stuck somewhere in the digestive system. We can x-ray your pet to find the exact location of the object.
Hernia - In some cases a hernia may create an intestinal blockage that needs to be corrected surgically.
Cancers - The development of a cancerous tumor in a digestive organ or intestine is relatively rare but not unheard of. This condition generally calls for surgical removal and biopsy of the tumor.
Whatever the cause of your pet's gastrointestinal problem, our Jacksonville veterinarians can work quickly and efficiently to diagnose the cause, discuss the available treatment options and then administer the chosen treatment method. From dealing with food allergies to performing major surgery, we're ready to help. If your pet seems ill and you're not sure what to do, call (910) 353-1722 and our veterinary team will advise you!
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