Getting to the guts of your pet's gastro issues

Know what to look out for and how to manage this common condition in cats and dogs.

Gastroenteritis is when your pet's stomach/intestines become inflamed and it is common in cats and dogs. Anything that alters their microbiome significantly can lead to the condition, including:

  • Changes in intestinal flora

  • A food allergy or sensitivity

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) ulcers

  • GI cancers

  • Foreign bodies

  • Intestinal obstruction

  • Genetic disease or predisposition

  • Ingestion of spoiled or raw foods, or of non-food items

  • Viruses (parvovirus, distemper, etc.)

  • Intestinal parasites.

Signs to look out for

Sometimes, dogs and cats with gastrointestinal issues can appear normal, except for changes in their bathroom habits. Whether it's a shift in frequency, location, or consistency of bowel movements, these subtle signs can indicate gastroenteritis. 

Two of the most common signs of gastroenteritis are vomiting and diarrhoea. Also watch for:

  • Dehydration

  • Blood in vomit or faeces

  • Nausea

  • Abdominal pain

  • Depression or lethargy

  • Loss of appetite.

It is important to seek veterinary advice if your pet is exhibiting any of these signs.

At-home management 

  • Visit your vet for advice

  • Offer a therapeutic food that is highly digestible and easy on the GI tract (check out our September retail flyer for deals on specialist, gastrointestinal pet food)

  • Provide plenty of fresh water

  • Take it easy on exercise for a few days.

When to take your pet to the vet

It can be challenging to predict the severity of the condition, so it's better to play it safe! 
Always consider getting your furry friend checked by a vet, especially if they're young, elderly, or a small breed prone to dehydration. Also pay attention to vomiting, nausea, blood, pain, or lethargy.


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