Digestive System: Bowel

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Types of Dog Bowel Problems:

The canine bowel or intestine is a vital part of the gastrointestinal tract. The intestine performs two different functions, i.e. absorption of digested nutrients into the blood stream and expulsion of waste from the body through bowel movements. Due to nature of its functions and its exposure to different pathogenic factors in digestive material, this part of the body may be affected by several different conditions. These conditions may be of any kind, i.e. infectious, non infectious, tumors, blockages, accumulation of gases, ulcers, and sometimes mechanical problems related with absorption of different components.

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The Dog Bowel is comprised of the large intestine (left) and the small intestine (right). Bowel problems located in each intestine will have different causes and related symptoms.
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The following is an overview of the most common dog bowel movement problems.

Diagnosis of Dog Bowel Problems:

Clinical symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, the unusual appearance of feces etc commonly indicate bowel problems. To identify the exact issue and possible outcome a detailed clinical examination along with certain laboratory tests and x-rays might be needed. In more complex cases, like in the case of tumors, cancer or a blockage, exploratory surgery might also be needed for identification of the cause of the canine bowel problem and to determine the required treatment as well.

Treatment of Dog Bowel Problems:

Conditions relating to infections, infestations, inflammation etc are treated with specific drugs such as antibiotics, anti parasitic drugs and anti inflammatory drugs. Along with specific drugs certain other drugs might also be needed which help restrict digestive activity until recovery.

Feeding adjustments and special foods might also be needed to prevent any complications and to support recovery. Surgery is the treatment of choice in cases of bowel obstructions, tumors or cancers. Exploratory surgery performed for making a diagnosis is turned into the actual treatment; sometimes more then one surgical operation might be needed in complicated cases and when there are distributed cancerous tumors over the bowel.

Additional support may be administered with supplements, and are recommended once the dog resumes eating. These can be added to dog food and water.

Natural remedies are another option to keep bowel movements normal, for help in maintaining a limited microbial population and to prevent the accumulation of gases, thus keeping the bowel healthy. Bowel problems and natural products that could help regulate the bowel include:

Problem in Dog Bowel Natural Product Recommendation
Liquid Absorption in the Bowel and Intestines Digestive Support Formula
Regulate Bowel Movements and Constipation Natural Moves
Treat digestive tract parasites, to naturally repel parasites such as heartworm, roundworm and tape worm Parasite Dr. Capsules
Optimization of Bowel Physiology and to Naturally Stop Dog Diarrhea RuniPoo Relief