Despite the best efforts of shelter staff, sheltering and adoption is very stressful for rescue animals. Shelter stress can lead to a wide range of issues, including aggression, destructive behaviors, and loss of appetite. Many animals also suffer from digestive disorders caused by stress and other factors.
Cleaning up diarrhea from the kennels is no one’s idea of fun, but did you know that it can often be avoided? In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most common causes of digestive disorders in pets. We’ll also share some tips for establishing gut health before holiday adoptions.
What Causes Digestive Disorders in Pets?
Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and underlying health issues are all common causes of digestive disorders in pets. Other causes include eating spoiled food or non-food items, and sudden changes in diet. Shelter animals are especially vulnerable to digestive disorders caused by high levels of stress and anxiety. This often results in an upset stomach and messy stress-related diarrhea.
How to Establish a Healthy Gut
Now for the good news. Establishing gut health in shelter animals doesn’t need to be difficult. Keep reading for two simple tips you can follow this holiday season.
Screen for Health Issues At Intake
According to The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters:
“Each animal’s individual health status should be evaluated and monitored beginning at intake and regularly thereafter (AAEP 2004; UC Davis 2009). This allows any problems or changes that develop during an animal’s shelter stay to be recognized, distinguished from pre-existing conditions, and addressed.”
More pets tend to be adopted during the holiday season, so now’s a great time to make sure the animals in your care are up to date with their health screenings. A simple checkup will help identify problems that can lead to poor gut health. And common issues like minor infections are often quickly and effectively treated. The end result? You’ll have more happy and healthy shelter animals ready to find their forever homes!
Feed A Diet Designed to Treat and Reduce Gut Issues
Feeding a diet that supports digestive health is one of the best ways to reduce gut issues caused by shelter and adoption stress. The BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet™ is made from high-quality, easily digestible natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It’s clinically shown to improve stool quality in cats and dogs with chronic diarrhea and includes prebiotic fibers to help balance and maintain healthy GI microflora.
Reducing stress-related gut issues will improve the health and wellbeing of the animals in your care. It will also improve the speed and ease of kennel cleaning and eliminate potty mistakes and carpet cleaning for the new pet parents. And since lack of potty training and accidents is one of the biggest reasons for pet returns, you’ll be doing your part to ensure that more pets stay adopted this holiday season.
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