If you’re like most cat owners in New York City, your thought process regarding taking your pet to the vet probably goes something like this: My cat is eating and acting normally, and he never goes outside or is exposed to other cats so he doesn’t need vaccines. Plus, he stresses out and pees every time I put him in his carrier. I’ll just take him to the vet when he’s sick.
Next, I’d like to explain how I approach Leaky Bowel Syndrome when treating patients. The first aspect of improving an animal’s intestinal environment involves making dietary changes. Every pet has a different level of reactivity to food borne allergens, so finding out your pet’s specific food allergies may require some watchful experimentation.
At the Worth Street Veterinary Center, we see pets with acute diarrhea—or what’s often referred to as gastroenteritis—on an almost daily basis. But what, really, is “acute diarrhea”? This is when your dog’s poop is soft, pudding-like (gross, right?), watery brown, or even slightly bloody.
Although many people think it is an unnecessary expense, health insurance for your pet can actually save you money and spare you from making a tough decision between the life of your dog and paying the bills should a serious health issue arise.