If your dog is suffering from malabsorption, the signs are unmistakable. Malabsorption occurs when, for any of a number of reasons, your dog is unable to absorb the nutrients from its food. Malabsorption is a serious problem for any dog. In the most severe of cases, malabsorption can result in a dog starving itself to death!
Symptoms of malabsorption
The symptoms of malabsorption can include:
- Weight loss
- Ravenous appetite
- Coprophagia – eating its own faeces
- Eating other items such as dirt and or plants
- Lethargy and depression
- Hair loss and poor coat condition
- Chronic diarrhoea
- Rumbling, gurgling tummy
Causes of malabsorption
The causes of malabsorption can include:
If your dog is suffering from malabsorption, the first person you should contact is your vet. But once a diagnosis has been given, you should then contact your local canine nutritionist. A dog nutritionist is trained in small animal nutrition. Your vet is not. After veterinary treatment, your vet is likely to try to persuade you to feed your dog a so-called prescription diet. The last thing your dog needs if he or she is suffering from malabsorption.
Your dog nutritionist however will work with you to find a diet that suits your dog. So that whether your dog has a simple protein intolerance or a more serious health issue, together we can ensure he or she will be able to make them most of their diet moving forward.