Digestive problems in labrador retrievers

The digestive system of Labrador Retrievers is as important as any part of their body. A healthy digestive system functions by digesting and absorbing the nutrients, neutralizing toxins, eliminating waste and other unwanted products. Unfortunately, digestive problems occur for some reasons, especially to Labrador Retrievers noted as breed with hearty appetite.

Gastric Torsion Gastric torsion is a condition wherein the stomach is severely dilated and congested causing severe pain. Breeds like Bloodhound, Great Dane and Labrador Retrievers are at greater risk however, dogs of all size and age can also be affected. This disease started when there is an excess gas and air in the stomach swallowed while the dog is eating. When the stomach is distended with gas, it rotates and cuts off the entrance and exits to the stomach.

If you notice your dog having difficulty breathing within one to two hours after eating his meal, it is better to check his stomach. Dogs affected with this problem usually moves as little as possible, eliminates feces and gas and may attempt to vomit but without success. The stomach enlarges as time goes by. A dog with this problem might die if not treated immediately.

If you suspect that your dog is suffering from gastric torsion, you must rush him to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Emergency treatment includes getting rid of the excess gas, shrinking the stomach and correcting the twisted organs. Food and water intake must be strictly controlled for weeks after the surgery to avoid the recurrence of this problem.

Diarrhea Diarrhea is common in Labrador Retrievers. It is characterized by change in the frequency and consistency of your dog’s bowel movement. Some dogs can have mild diarrhea while some may suffer from severe, bloody or even smelly diarrhea. Causes for the occurrence of this condition include bacteria, viruses, poor digestion, change in diet or ingestion of non-food objects.

Vomiting Vomiting is another disease associated with irritation of the stomach. It is a condition wherein the food is forcefully expelled from the stomach that involves retching and stomach contractions. Vomiting is usually accompanied with restlessness, salivation and licking the lips. Vomiting may be a result of eating too much and too fast. But if there is blood in vomit, accompanied with diarrhea and persists for more than a day or two, see your veterinarian immediately. This could be an indication of a more serious disease.