Symptoms Glossary

Symptoms Glossary


Stuck on an unknown term? You are at the right place. Whether your vet mentioned a word you are not familiar with or you are simply curious to learn more about medical terms, this glossary of common medical terms used to depict symptoms of an upset stomach will help you understand in layman terms their meaning.

These terms in this symptoms glossary are in alphabetical order to help you find them quickly.


  • Dog Anorexia: loss of appetite
  • Dog Ascites: accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.
  • Dog Borborygmus: stomach or intestinal rumbling noises caused by the movement of gas
  • Dog Constipation: difficult passage of a bowel movement.
  • Dog Coprophagy : the tendency to consume feces
  • Dog Diarrhea: increased passage of moist to liquid stools
  • Dog Dyschezia: trouble evacuating due to defective reflex
  • Dog Dysphagia: trouble swallowing

  • Dog Fecal impaction: accumulation of hard stools that obstruct normal bowel movements
  • Dog Flatulence: excessive of air in the stomach or intestine
  • Dog Flatus; the passage of air through the anus
  • Dog Frank blood: presence of visible fresh, red blood
  • Dog Hematemesis: the presence of blood in the vomit
  • Dog Hematochezia: the presence of fresh, bright red blood in the dog’s stools
  • Dog Hypomotility: decreased motility of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Dog Jaundice: yellow tint in the dog’s skin , white of the eyes, ears due to bilirubin accumulation
  • Dog Malabsorption: failure to digest and absorb nutrients
  • Dog Melena: the presence of black tarry stools suggesting presence of digested blood.
  • Dog Obstipation: lack of passage of dry, hard, large stools due to prolonged constipation.

  • Dog Odynophagia: painful swallowing
  • Dog Pica : a craving for non-food items
  • Dog Polyphagia: ravenous appetites
  • Dog Pseudocoprostasis: obstruction of the anus due to matted hair blocking passageway
  • Dog Pseudoptyalism: failure to swallow saliva even though it’s produced normally
  • Dog Ptyalism: excessive production of saliva
  • Dog Regurgitation: effortless expulsion of food from the esophagus, not to be confused with vomiting
  • Dog Tenesmus: feeling of incomplete evacuation causing reflexive unproductive straining
  • Dog Vomiting: the forceful expulsion of stomach contents
  • Dog Xerostomia: dry mouth due to lack of saliva




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