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Five Things You Should Tell Your Vet About Your Dog's Upset Stomach

While some cases of dog upset stomach may be mild, some others may require prompt veterinary attention. If your dog has symptoms of a serious upset stomach problem, stop reading and head straight to the vet.

Don't waste time as your dog's life may be at risk. If you are reading this while waiting for your dog's vet appointment and the vet staff determines it's something that can wait a few hours or another day, it may helpful to prepare the following list of things to tell your vet.

Five Things You Should Tell Your Vet About Your Dog's Upset Stomach

1) Anything your dog may have ingested. That includes the food you are feeding, the treats you are feeding, any chew toys, bones and things your dog may have gotten into. Don't be bashful telling your vet that you or some other family member fed some table scraps. Also, don't forget to tell your vet if your dog is on any medications.

2) Any recent changes to your dog's diet. Remember the names of the foods and treats or bones you have been feeding. Sometimes, there are recalls to products on the market that may cause digestive upset and even more serious problems.

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3) Anything toxic or chemical your dog may have licked or ingested. If you didn't see your dog ingest anything, doesn't mean it didn't happen. Your dog may have eaten a few leaves off that poisonous new plant you got or he may have lapped up some antifreeze under your car. Think of anything: rat poison, toxic plants, disinfectants, new floor cleaners etc.

4) Symptoms you have noticed. Let your vet know when they showed up, what signs you have noticed and for how long they have been lasting.

5) Details of the vomited material and a stool sample. Tell your vet if the vomit was bright yellow or greenish or if it was shaped like a tube or if it had streaks of blood, if it had digested blood in it etc.If your dog had diarrhea, describe if it has mucus, blood, worms and describe its color. Bringing a stool sample is helpful so your vet can test it for parasites and rule out other conditions.

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