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Gastrointestinal Issues in Cats

No one wants to see their pets suffer. Our veterinarians are skilled at diagnosing and treating various gastrointestinal issues in cats at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic. If you suspect that your feline friend is suffering from an upset stomach and live in Lewistown, Mifflintown, or the surrounding areas, contact our team today to speak with one of our vets.

Signs of Cat Stomach Issues

Some of the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues in cats include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody stool. You may also notice that your cat is straining while using the litter box or frequently running to the box. It might be time to schedule an appointment with one of our vets. Pet owners may miss some signs of pain such as swatting, snipping, or biting when you attempt to pet or touch your cat.

There are many potential causes of feline gastrointestinal issues, so exams are crucial. The veterinarian will ask about your pet's eating and bathroom habits, so it is helpful to know how much and what your pet is eating. Similarly, pay attention to your pet's energy levels, which may have changed if it doesn't feel well.

A physical exam allows the vet to see if your cat's colon is impacted. We may recommend various screening tools. Blood and urine tests can identify a variety of cat stomach problems and issues with other organs, which may have similar symptoms. Abdominal ultrasound testing is another useful diagnostic tool for gastrointestinal issues.

Treatment Options

Treatment depends on the diagnosis. In some cases, cat stomach problems can be relieved with a simple dietary change. Other cats require prescription diets. Probiotics and supplements can also help your cat's GI system work more efficiently. In some cases, surgery and radiation can help with certain cancers or growths.

Our veterinarians can also prescribe medication to increase your pet's appetite or decrease pain and vomiting. Sometimes, these are only temporary measures until your cat feels better. At other times, the illness may not be curable, and comfort becomes the priority.

Contact Our Veterinarians at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic

If you are looking for help regarding your cat’s GI issues and live in or around Lewistown or Mifflintown, contact Dr. Fry and Dr. Ehrisman at Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic. Call our team today at (717) 248-4703 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.



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