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If your dog is suffering from diarrhea then don’t worry, you are not the only one who dislikes this condition. Keep in mind that, diarrhea is a very common canine problem so it’s not only you who has to clean up the stinking brown puddle. However, depending on the duration & intensity you may notice some other symptoms. If your dog is suffering from diarrhea from a long period of time, then you may notice some unusual problems in your dog. We all know that it’s completely an unpleasant experience that every dog owner hates & also many dogs experienced death because of the carelessness of their owners. So you can’t ignore diarrhea in dogs.
Dogs can suffer from diarrhea for many reasons. Most of the times diarrhea affect a person mostly because their dogs get into trash & eat something from there. Keep in mind that diarrhea can also cause toxicity, infectious disease, and intestinal parasites and many more. Many vets often claim that diarrhea in dogs is the most common illness that they need to deal with. If diarrhea becomes very serious then it can lead your dog to have a loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, and flatulence.
How to deal with this problem
To deal with diarrhea, first of all, you need to determine which thing is causing diarrhea in your dog. After that, you can easily handle the problem. Whenever your dog causes an accident in the house put the gloves on your hands to remove the poop.
Also when you take your dog to the vet he will ask you some questions about the poop so it’s a good idea to take some samples of your dog’s poop. If you do so then the vet will be able to mage his work properly
There are many things that may cause diarrhea in dogs
Parasites when the intestinal worms make their way into the gastrointestinal tract then it can cause all kinds of diarrhea & your dog may end up by vomiting too much. However, these worms are most likely to affect the puppies.
Infections: When the bacterial infections take place in your dog’s digestive system then it can also lead to diarrhea.
Dietary indiscretion or diet change: This thing happens a lot when you change the diet plan of your dog & there are some foods that don’t goe well with the digestive system diarrhea is often the cause of it.
Stress: This may sound weird but it’s true that when your dog becomes too stressed or excited it can create GI which can upset the lower bowel.
Primary inflammatory disorders: If your dog is having inflammatory disorder then it can also cause diarrhea
Metabolic Diseases: This problem can often lead to pancreas, thyroid and liver problems which upset the GI tract & it turns out to be diarrhea.
Medications: There are some antibiotics which can cause problems in the GI tract & end up by creating diarrhea in dogs
change in diet: Often your dog may eat something that doesn’t go well with the intestinal tract & it often causes diarrhea
Food Intolerance: There are many foods that a dog’s digestive system cant deal with & it often leads to diarrhea
Spoiled food: Many dog owners think that it’s a good idea not to waste the spoiled food so they give it to the dogs which result in diarrhea in dogs.
Allergic reaction: This is another problem which causes diarrhea in dogs
If the dog is not mature enough or if the dog is having the preexisting health condition then diarrhea can easily affect the dog.
When you finally become sure that the dog has diarrhea then give plenty of freshwater to your dog. Dogs who suffer from diarrhea tend to drink more water so you must keep freshwater in her bowel no matter what.
It’s a good idea to give your dog less food than normal because whatever your dog eats it won’t go well in the digestive system. Keep in mind that, the best meal is white rice & boiled meat chicken for dogs who suffer.
Sometimes diarrhea normally lasts to 1 to two days & everything becomes normal. However, if you see that your dog hasn’t recovered from that then you should take the dog to the vet.
If your dog is vomiting continuously then you should take the do
Do not allow the dog to eat anything for 12-18 hours
Do not allow the dog to drink too much water at once, rather it’s better to offer a little amount of water for a few days. You should not give any kind of heavy food for your dog.
Depending on the condition of your dog the vet may recommend different types of treatments. Sometimes many vets recommend the dog owners not to give regular food for a few days, sometimes,
they recommend a special diet plan for the poor dog. Often vets recommend taking the advantages of antibiotics. Whatever they recommend first of all the vet will take some test to determine the overall condition of your dog.
However, if the condition of your dog is moderate then the vet will recommend providing a special diet which includes fiber because it will increase the digestibility.
If your vet finds out that intestinal worms are causing diarrhea in your dog. Then the vet will recommend some medicine. However, your vet may recommend continuing using the medicine to kill the worm egg because the medicine can kill the worms at first but then if there is any worm egg you should continue using it. The vet will want to take some fecal floatation test to see if there is any problem or not.
Dogs who suffer from diarrhea are seen to have dehydration problems so in this case, your vet can recommend giving subcutaneous fluids or pet intravenous if the condition is severe. Sometimes vets may tell you to go with oral fluids.
If the bacteria is causing diarrhea in your dog & the intestine is completely damaged then your vet will prescribe some specific medication to overcome this problem. Keep in mind that, bacteria often causes blood in the feces & if the intestine gets injured then it can put the bacteria trough the intestine to the bloodstream which turns out to be a serious disease known as septicemia. If that happens, your vet will try to slow down the rate of intestine moves by taking the advantages of some drugs and medications.
How you should help the dog
Right diet Your vet may prescribe foods that contain fiber which indeed is very useful to fight against diarrhea. Also, you should always provide dried food which has low fat & more carbohydrate like
- White Rice
- Boiled chicken
- Cottage Cheese
Always remember you should always consult with your vet rather than the neighbors opinion.
Diarrhea causes toxin in the body & through the vomiting and releasing feces it helps the body to remove those toxins. You might notice some blood or mucus in the stool which is intestinal bacteria. If diarrhea affects very seriously then you may notice your dog becoming a bloated, too lethargic or huge amount of blood in the stool & vomit.
Your dog may lose his appetite or simply put himself into fasting when diarrhea affects them. However keep in mind that, if the dog doesn’t eat for 6 to 14 hours then it’s completely normal but if this period exceeds then you should consult with the vet. Remember that, if the dog is likely to suffer from hypoglycemia & seem to be very weak then you need to provide honey or Karo syrup when needed.
When the dog stops vomiting you can provide some small sips of water.
Bland food: To stop diarrhea from happening again you should provide blatant diet which will help your dog’s tummy a lot. You may start feeding this by taking a delicious soup for the buddy.
You may add white rice with chicken meat & then add 2-3 tablespoon plain yogurt with baked yam if you wish you can mix the cooked white rice with low-fat cheese
Probiotics are extremely beneficial for fighting against diarrhea, it also can boost the immune system of the digestive tract because it helps to maintain the mucosal barrier & enhance cellular repair.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.