Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats
Cats can experience digestive problems, also known as gastrointestinal issues. If left untreated, these problems can lead to serious health complications. For instance, frequent vomiting can damage the esophagus and lead to rotten teeth. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to any signs of digestive problems in your cat and bring them to Danforth Animal Hospital in Guthrie, Oklahoma City, or Edmond, OK, as soon as possible.
Examples of gastrointestinal problems in cats include:
- Frequent vomiting: This can be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, kidney problems, or liver problems.
- Frequent diarrhea: This can be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, food intolerance, or a viral or bacterial infection.
Diagnosing cat stomach problems:
Our veterinarians will discuss your cat’s symptoms and overall health. They will want to know how long your cat has been experiencing symptoms and if there are any potential triggers. Sometimes, the symptoms alone are enough to determine the problem. Other times, our veterinarians may need to conduct tests to check for parasites or an infection. We provide all the necessary testing and diagnostic tools to determine the root cause of your cat’s symptoms. In some cases, blood work may be required to assess your cat’s organ function.
Treating gastrointestinal issues:
The treatment for gastrointestinal problems depends on the underlying cause. For example, if the problem is a bacterial infection, treatment will involve antibiotics. If the problem is caused by an intestinal parasite, our veterinarians will prescribe an antiparasitic medication. If the source of the problem is food intolerance, our veterinarians may recommend a special diet for your cat. We will also provide dietary advice to help you manage your cat’s food intake.