See also Systemic Pharmacotherapeutics of the Digestive System Systemic Pharmacotherapeutics of the Digestive System and see The Ruminant Digestive System The Ruminant Digestive System Other than the forestomachs (rumen, reticulum, omasum), the components of the ruminant GI tract are similar to those of monogastric mammals, and the use of pharmacologic agents to treat diseases... read more .
If a known cause for the GI disease is identified, specific therapy, if available, should be performed to treat the underlying disease process. Specific therapy may include:
immunosuppressive or anti-inflammatory drugs
In cases where an underlying cause is not identified or a specific treatment is not available, therapy is centered on supportive care. This is most often the case in acute GI diseases that may be self-limiting. Supportive care may include:
fluid and electrolyte replacement therapy
gastric decompression by orogastric or nasogastric intubation
antimicrobials for secondary bacterial translocation
Abnormalities of the GI microbiome may occur as a primary cause of GI disease or secondary to another disease process. Re-establishing a normal microbiome may help resolve GI disease. Reconstitution of the ruminal microbiome should be done in situations in which the ruminal microbiome may be seriously depleted (eg, in prolonged anorexia or acute indigestion). Transfaunation Ruminal Fluid Transfer: Esophageal obstruction due to a foreign body (see Esophageal Obstruction in Large Animals) leads to severe discomfort and acute free-gas bloat. Physical removal of the object may be hampered... read more (ruminal fluid transfer) involves oral administration of ruminal contents from a healthy animal that contains normal microbiota and volatile fatty acids. In cats and dogs, manipulation of the microbiome using prebiotics, probiotics, or symbiotics may be of benefit in acute and chronic diseases. Fecal microbiome transplantation from a healthy donor via oral or transrectal routes can be beneficial in some acute and chronic diseases in cats and dogs, including parvovirus infections, nonantibiotic responsive Clostridium perfringens infections, and chronic enteropathies.
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Also see pet health content regarding digestive disorders of cats Introduction to Digestive Disorders of Cats The digestive system includes all the organs that are involved in taking in and processing food. It begins with the mouth and includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, intestines, rectum... read more , dogs Introduction to Digestive Disorders of Dogs The digestive system includes all of the organs that are involved in taking in and processing food. It begins with the mouth and includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, intestines... read more , and horses Introduction to Digestive Disorders of Horses The digestive system includes all of the organs that are involved in taking in and processing food. It begins with the mouth and includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, intestines... read more .