7 Potential Environmental Causes of GI distress in Dogs
Bugs and Lizards: Dogs love to stalk. Some bugs have built-in toxic defense glands; others are toxic because of exposure to pesticides.
Commercial Pet Food: is another likely suspect. Open bags of dry food or canned food left out too long are potential breeding grounds for bacteria. They also attract bugs, and mice that leave droppings, as well as eggs that get eaten by your pets.
Hair Balls: pose a potential danger by blocking the passage of digested food through the intestines, causing an impaction. Since hair is not easily digested, it can compact with undigested food in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Compaction can cause painful constipation.
Health of Mother: A healthy mother is far more likely to produce healthy offspring. She should be well cared for before, during, and throughout weaning.
Household Cleaning Agents: Your pets spend most of their lives close to the floor. They breathe in toxic agents and lick their paws, consuming them. Toxic agents are a cause of skin problems.
Premature Weaning: can weaken your pet’s immune system for life. Kittens and Puppies need a full term of mothers milk in order to develop strong immune systems. Premature Weaning is an overlooked cause, and the likely cause of many cats now being lacto-intolerant.
Veterinarian’s Dilemma: Not knowing the actual cause of constant diarrhea makes treating pets difficult. Vets are likely to prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic just to cover all the bases, plus they tell you to withhold food and water for a few days. This is rough on your pet.
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