By Paula Fitzsimmons
A healthy digestive system is essential to your dog’s well-being. The digestive system serves many important functions: it takes in food, absorbs nutrients, maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, and gets rid of waste, says Dr. Carolyn Jochman, a veterinarian with WVRC Emergency & Specialty Pet Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
It also covers a lot of area. “The digestive tract includes the oral cavity (salivary glands, tongue, teeth), esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, pancreas, rectum, and anus,” she says.
The canine digestive system isn’t the most glamorous topic, but understanding how it works puts you in a better position to determine if your dog is sick and needs to be seen by a vet. It can also guide you in making decisions that will enhance her health. Added bonus: If you’re into anatomy, the canine digestive system is pretty cool.
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