How to treat gastroenteritis in dogs?
As a definitive cause is often hard to identify, when it comes to how to treat gastroenteritis in dogs, the treatment plan is often supportive and symptomatic care. Once the vet has calculated whether the gastroenteritis is self-limiting (so will resolve in a short period without needing specific treatment options) the dog is supported with fluid replacement to replace fluids lost via vomiting and diarrhoea.
Depending on how ill the dog is and whether they can keep fluids down, these may be by mouth and so able to treat at home, or they might need to be administered by intravenous drip. The vet may also choose to treat the symptoms to help the dog feel better such as giving them anti-sickness medicines to stop vomiting. Anti-parasitic or antibiotic medicines will be given if these are suspected to be the cause. A period of starvation followed by slow introduction of small meals of a highly digestible low residue food is generally recommended.
If food intolerances are suspected in chronic gastroenteritis, or an allergic reaction in acute gastroenteritis, finding a good quality food avoiding troublesome ingredients will help prevent the situation from happening again. Recipes by Pure Pet Food suitable for dogs with food sensitivities include the grain-free Chicken Dinner and Turkey Terrific, which also contains omega-3 fatty acids. This can help reduce inflammation.