Cats and dogs of any age are susceptible to gastritis caused by bacteria, foreign object ingestion, food poisoning, and allergic reactions. Gastritis can be mild or become severe, so it is very important to pay attention to the symptoms and behaviors to assess medical necessity. These five facts will help you make the best decisions when dealing with a cat or dog suffering from gastritis.
1. Can Gastritis in Dogs and Cats be Cured?
Yes. In fact, some cases of gastritis come and go with no intervention. The cases that persist longer than seven days are considered chronic. Keep in mind that if there is fresh red or digested blood in the vomit or stool, veterinary intervention is necessary. Also, make sure that your animal is well hydrated.
2. Is Gastritis Preventable?
For the most part, yes. By keeping your dog or cat’s environment free of toxins and items small enough to swallow, you can greatly reduce their risk of gastritis. Nevertheless, there are causes of gastritis that cannot be mitigated such as stomach cancer, kidney failure, or liver failure. It is also difficult to prevent unknown allergic reactions, so take note of what you feed your animals, and pay attention to anything new.
3. Is There a Way to Help?
Yes. If your dog or cat is suffering from acute gastritis, involving vomiting or diarrhea, do not give them any food until the symptoms have been gone for twelve hours. This will help the lining of the stomach heal. Make sure to keep your pet hydrated with small amounts of water throughout the day. If these things do not help, see a veterinarian.
4. Is It Serious?
It can be, depending on the cause of the gastritis. If the symptoms of gastritis severely persist, make sure you take your animal for veterinary testing. Despite the fact that some gastritis is not serious, it is important to pay attention to the duration and severity of the symptoms. If there is any fresh or digested blood in the vomit or the stool, do not hesitate to see your veterinarian.
5. Young Dogs and Cats Get it More
Although all ages of dogs and cats are susceptible to gastritis, younger animals tend to ingest things they should not more often. As the animal gets older, they may learn from experience what is more likely to be food. While this is not an exact science, and older animals do eat things they should not, young ones lack experience and tend to be very curious. So if you have young kittens or puppies, be sure to keep dangerous chemicals and items well out of their reach.
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.