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Dog Food Poisoning - Common Dog Health Problems

Mar 4, 2008
Dog food poisoning can come in many different forms and types and can be a frightening time for dogs and pets and can cause then to feel extremely ill with frequent bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. In this article we will discus what causes and can cause food poisoning in dogs and the most common reasons for this.

Before we continue on to see what can cause dog food poisoning it is important that we first explain how food poisoning occurs and how it affects the dogs body. This happens when he dog finds something of interest and that they like the smell of, they then eat this harmful substance and when the body realises that it should not have been consumed and is causing harm to the body, it will try to dispose of it as quick as possible so the dogs body can return to normal again.

To do this the body will first determine in which part of the body or digestive system the offending substance has reached. Normally the dogs body will pick up on the abnormality in food pretty early on when the substance has only reached the stomach or upper intestines but in some occurrences it will have reached a further stage and be in the lower intestines.

The further this unwanted food has moved down the dogs digestive system the more the difference in symptoms will be and this can act as a big clue to the vet in diagnosing the condition successfully. If the symptoms are vomiting then the chances are that the offending food and cause of food poisoning is in the stomach, if there is a case of diarrhea and vomiting then the problem may be situated in the upper intestines, and finally if the symptoms are diarrhea only hen it is probable that the cause is in the lower intestines of the dog.

The most common causes for dog food poisoning are eating 'gone off' food from bins in kitchens or outside, or eating food off the floor while taking your dog for a walk, so to help prevent further situations of dog food poisoning, these are the first places you should look and try to prevent. If it continues or you are worried that it might be more serious than dog food poisoning then contact your vet for further advice because diarrhea and vomiting are very common and there are many causes for it, without a proper diagnosis and examination the cause may be hard to find.
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