Why do all of my pets have stomach troubles?
May 15, 2011 4:09 PM Subscribe
Why are all of my pets sick all the time?
posted by starbaby to Pets & Animals (15 answers total)
To start, I have two dogs and two cats, and they have all been to the vet. So "you need to see a vet" isn't helpful, unfortunately.
My animals are all indoor animals, and only go outside with supervision. For the last year, we have lived in the same house, and during that time all four animals have had recurrent health issues.
I have a schnauzer with known liver problems, but the issue in this post is his stomach. He constantly vomits and has bloody diarrhea. The first time this happened, the vet diagnosed him with pancreatitis, treated it (quite expensively), and sent him home with several medications. He got better, but as soon as the medications ran out, he got sick again. We have been on an endless cycle of this for several months, minus the pancreatitis, which cleared up after the first round. He is currently not really interested in eating, vomiting a lot, and having bloody bowel movements, despite his special, low-protein liver food (which he has been on for two years). Two different vet offices have run countless tests, even the really expensive in-depth ones, to no avail. He even had an exploratory abdominial surgery to check for a blockage of some sort, and there was nothing there.
My terrier began having bloody diarrhea several months prior to my schnauzer's pancreatitis episode. He, too, was extensively tested, and finally given the diagnosis of irritable bowel and switched to prescription food for sensitive stomachs. He still has episodes of stomach issues, though.
One of my cats vomits pretty regularly, as well. And I don't mean coughs up hair balls. I mean vomits up his meals.
So, the vets are no help. They run tests, send the animals home, and it starts all over again. I have spent thousands of dollars trying to treat a problem I can't identify. The vets are aware that all of the animals go through different symptoms regularly, but none of the three vets I have seen with these issues have offered an environmental cause that would affect them all.
Which is why I look to you. What could my animals be getting into, indoors, that could cause these problems? I have an extremely minimalist home, with absolutely no potpourri or decorative items for them to chew on. Of course they have no access to chemicals or cleaning products. They have been known to chew anything in sight, but because an intestinal blockage was ruled out in my schnauzer, I doubt the act of simply eating anything and everything is the root. (Seriously, my terrier has chewed through Kong toys, rugs, even my coffee table.) Is there an emotional cause that could be the root? Stress?
Any idea? This is very distressing, and expensive, and just all around not cool.