Intestinal Issues in dogs arise from a variety of sources, and can be food, object or microbial related.  It’s common for owners to buy toys or treats for their pets, while rarely considering the complications that could arise from them.  “Many pets come into our hospital due to complications arising from foreign objects in their stomachs”, says  Dr. John Hodges, Owner of Dunedin Animal Clinic.  

Signs of digestive system disease can include

  • Excessive drooling
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding,
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Straining to defecate
  • Shock
  • Dehydration


If you suspect that your pet has Intestinal Issues

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The location and nature of the disease often can be determined by the signs your pet shows.

“I once removed a half a peanut from the intestine of a cat.  That was enough to completely block and irritate the large intestine.”

Dr. John Hodges, Owner of Dunedin Animal Clinic

In fact, the large majority of intestinal issues are not parasitic, but a result of ingesting objects that were never intended to be eaten.  Holidays are a great time for your dog to irritate their digestive tract, as many pet parents become more tolerant to what their pets consume.  Pork fat can give dogs pancreatitis, as well as most animal fat.   Vomiting, diarrhea, not eating or drinking, excessive drooling, or foaming at the mouth are common symptoms of an irritated digestive track.

Most symptoms will clear up in a couple of days, and your pet will fully recover. However, if your pet is lethargic, not passing stools or drinking excessively or not eating or drinking at all, please contact us immediately.