My dog got three attacks of gastroenteritis in the last six months. He is a three-year-old Golden Retriever. We got him the required medication through his vet. Please help me to prevent this situation.

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Gastroenteritis may result from many disorders. Most acute cases are related to diet in vaccinated dogs and usually recover fast with symptomatic treatment. Overfeeding and eating inappropriate things are some of other common causes. We suggest to avoid milk or cereals during this time and feed highly digestible food. In contrast to acute problems, chronic or recurrent ones are rarely self-limiting and it is usually essential to establish specific diagnosis and appropriate therapy. Dietary sensitivity, inflammatory bowel diseases, chronic liver diseases and parasites are few examples. Regular vaccination and de-worming should be part of preventive health care.

Question by – Zia Kulkarni, Sangli

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