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Why is my dog gagging



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Why is my dog gagging in the middle of the night?

A: If your dog is gagging repeatedly, sometimes during the night, in the middle of the night, it is probably not something you should ignore. Your dog is probably eating or chewing something in the middle of the night. If you have access to a vet, ask him or her about your dog's gagging episodes.

What foods cause gagging in dogs?

Q: My dog gags if she eats any rawhide or rawhide treats. What could cause this?

A: Rawhide chews and bone chews can cause various problems for dogs and should be avoided if you have a dog who's prone to gagging. For example, eating too much rawhide or rawhide treats can cause bloating, weight gain and flatulence. If your dog eats too many rawhide chews, the fats in the rawhide can irritate his or her stomach and intestines and cause gagging, vomiting or diarrhea. Also, when a dog eats too much bone, it can cause bone cancer or bone defects and can lead to complications. If your dog chews on rawhide or rawhide treats, you should call your veterinarian to discuss the problem.

What is dog diarrhea?

Q: I have a 1-year-old dog who has had diarrhea and a runny nose for about three days. She has lost some weight and has vomited twice, but is doing OK otherwise. She still eats and drinks normally and has no signs of pain. Is this normal?

A: The only thing that is normal is that your dog is drinking and eating normally and isn't showing any signs of pain. If your dog is vomiting frequently and drinking water doesn't seem to improve the problem, the most likely cause is diarrhea. If your dog has recently had diarrhea, she will probably keep the diarrhea for several days. If your dog is drinking water and seems to get better, she will probably be able to keep her diarrhea for about a week.

If your dog's diarrhea is chronic, the situation is more complex. Sometimes, a change in diet is needed to correct a problem.

A dog's body is designed to keep its internal environment as clean and healthy as possible. Its normal defense system is comprised of a large number of internal and external organs and glands. The stomach, small and large intestines, and pancreas are included in this list. These organs, glands and their ducts are constantly producing waste and other material that needs to be excreted. In a healthy dog, this waste is transported through the large and small intestines to the anal opening. The waste is then excreted as a soft brown material called feces.

If your dog's feces are abnormally large, watery, clay-like or green, there could be several possible causes. The first step in diagnosing a problem is to determine if your dog has diarrhea, a condition that results when the animal has watery, loose feces in his stomach or intestines. If the stool is a watery, pale green liquid or is a thick, clumpy, chalky mixture, there is an increased risk that your dog has diarrhea.

Diarrhea can be caused by a variety of medical problems. The most common one is a viral infection of the intestines that causes the animal's body to produce excess amounts of intestinal fluid. If your dog has frequent diarrhea, you should contact your veterinarian.

There are other causes of diarrhea that are less common but can be serious. Infection by protozoans, such as giardia, is usually found in dogs in areas where there is an abundance of fresh water. Certain antibiotics can cause diarrhea. Antibiotics that kill certain bacteria in the body can cause an imbalance in the animal's intestinal flora and affect the normal operation of the intestines. In addition, the intestines can become overwhelmed by parasites that may have been living in the intestine for years. Other parasites can live in the intestines for only a few days or weeks.

While some diarrhea is harmless and can even be beneficial for the dog, diarrhea that lasts for long periods of time can be a symptom of another problem. There are several diseases of the intestines that can result in diarrhea. They include gastritis, a condition in which the lining of the stomach is inflamed and is accompanied by an excess production of stomach acid. These acids cause the fluid to flow into the intestines and the stools to become loose. In addition, excessive amounts of fats and cholesterol can cause a buildup of intestinal fluids and cause the stools to become soft. These fats, along with intestinal parasites, are sometimes the cause of severe diarrhea. There are medications that can be used to treat gastritis and other disorders.

**H OMEOPATHIC TREATMENT**

**Boswellia** is an herb that can be used for arthritis, fever, and many other conditions in dogs and cats. It has anti-inflammatory properties, allowing the joints to move without pain and swelling. Boswellia and bromelain can be found together in liquid extract, so be sure to get the one with boswellia. **Boswellia** 30 drops up to 4 times a day.

**Bromelain** can be found as powder, granules, or tablets. Use 30 to 60 drops up to 4 times a day. Do not use if the condition is severe, as bromelain is a natural protease and can cause further damage to the kidneys and stomach lining.

**Flea** and **tick** **control**. There are flea and tick collars that deliver the active ingredient when the dog or cat passes through a particular area. These are effective in areas where the dog is likely to spend time and are safe for use on pregnant animals.

**Hydration**. Dogs and cats with diarrhea should have 1 to 2 liters (8 to 16 cups) of fluid given every 6 hours. They should not be permitted to drink salty fluids as that will just cause them to lose even more water. When possible, give water in smaller, frequent amounts. Do not force your pet to drink, and only use water.

**Nutritional Supplements**. An animal with diarrhea needs supplements and medical treatment, but an underlying nutritional problem is common in the case of diarrhea in dogs and cats. Some foods such as milk products, chicken and fish, and grains are difficult for animals with diarrhea to digest. Therefore, the pet needs vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to get back on their feet. As always, consult your veterinarian for specific recommendations.

**Treatment/Prevention**. Be aware that certain diets can contribute to the diarrhea in some pets. Diet change is needed, and should be done slowly and under the guidance of a professional.

**Cats.** They do not have a "lactose" intolerance, instead, their intestinal system can't break down lactose as efficiently. They need a high-protein diet to maintain a healthy intestine.

**Dogs.** The best way to treat a dog's diarrhea is by getting in touch with your veterinarian and discussing the problem. There is no cure for the intestinal inflammation that leads to diarrhea.

Once the dog's diarrhea is diagnosed, it is important to pay attention to your dog's diet. Many pet foods today are made with protein levels high enough to help the dog's intestine digest food. This is very important. Do not take your dog on any adventures that require walking far in order to complete a day's activity. If your dog is going to be out and about during the day, he or she will be much more comfortable if your dog has a high-protein diet


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