Canine Health – Dog Intussusception

Dog intussusception is a greatly painful condition for your dog to face and can be greatly confused with many other conditions because of the common symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting. In this article we will discuss the sometimes complex procedure and series of events that cause the dog intussusceptions and then what can be done to better this condition so the dog can return to normal health again.

To understand this condition you first need to understand how it may come about and how the lower digestive system works. After the dog swallows their food it moves down into the stomach, then down through the intestines where it is digested and then exits out of he anus. The problem occurs in the intestines of the dog because, like the whole digestive system the intestines move the food along by a series of contractions much like the way a worm moves, and if this motion is too violent and aggressive then it is possible that one of the sections will overlap another causing a pocket where food may get caught, thus causing pain.

In most cases this condition happens because of another problem causing diarrhea or vomiting, which can often cause very violent diarrhea or vomiting which is what causes the violent contractions of the muscles in the intestines when the dog strains. From this the sections overlap each other and more and more waste will get stuck in the pocket produced, making it grow and stretch longer and become painful.

When this condition is then viewed by a professional vet they will normally be advised to have the pet undertake surgery where they will either pull the different sections apart from each other if the problem is in its infancy, or if the problem is far beyond normal and simple repair then the section that is causing the problem may be cut out and joined back together to resume normal life after the recovery period.

In most cases the dog in question will be able to recover well in no time after giving the intestines a rest for twenty four hours or more and after the appropriate surgical procedure, but until then the dog will be feeling unable to pass waste easily, and feeling very unwell and not wanting to eat or drink because of this.

In any case, if you suspect this condition is the problem for your dog then it is always wise to get a second opinion from a professional vet before the problem worsens and becomes harder to repair.

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