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Your Furry Friend’s Digestive System

Having full knowledge about your furry friend’s digestive system can be crucial to the decisions you make in properly taking care of him or her. The digestive system is in charge of taking food in, absorbing nutrients from the food, and removing waste. Learning these three facts can help you determine whether your dog is sick or healthy and when you should see the vet.

(1) Your Furry Friend’s Body Can Handle A High Cholesterol Level

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I bet you’ve heard your doctor tell you to lower your cholesterol levels at least once, but you never hear the vet recommend the same advice to your dog. It is necessary for humans to lower our cholesterol levels for health reasons, but cholesterol does not negatively impact your dog’s heart in the same way that it does with your own.

Your dog’s digestive system is designed to take in and handle a large amount of animal fat as dogs historically used to eat animal meat almost exclusively.

(2) Dogs Experience Digestive Problems More Often Than We Humans Do

Approximately one in ten visits to the vet’s office are due to gastrointestinal diseases and other digestive system related problems. Diarrhea is one of the most common conditions seen in dogs.

Vomiting is often a common symptom for dogs. If you see your dog vomit, it is recommended that your dog fast for about half of a day so that his or her digestive system can rest and recuperate. After that, give your dog only a bland diet to avoid upsetting his or her stomach again.

If the symptoms are more severe than vomiting, it’s always a smart idea to see the vet for testing on your furry friend to better identify the symptoms and a treatment for them.

(3) Inspecting Your Dog’s Waste Can Tell You A Lot About His Or Her Health

I understand, you might want to not look at your furry friend’s waste for obvious reasons, but if you do, you could learn a lot about how healthy your dog is.

First of all, if your dog goes a long period of time without defecating, your dog could experience some serious health issues. It might cleaner at first if your dog isn’t using the toilet, but if your dog experiences a loss of appetite or a significant weight loss, there could be an underlying disease your dog is suffering from.

It is smart to keep a record of how often your dog defecates so that you can determine what is the normal amount for your dog. If you see any dramatic deviations, it is best to write them down and mention it to the vet.

Additionally, keep an eye out on any parasites or viruses living in your dog’s waste and whether any blood comes out or not. It could be a sign of diarrhea and that could last a number of days.

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