Dog Diarrhea Symptoms:
- Loose or watery stools
- Increase in frequency toileting
- Weight loss
- Pale gums
- Anorexia( Loss of Appetite)
- Mucus or blood in stools
- Lethargic or Depressed
- Increased Drinking
- Straining to Defecate
Dog Diarrhea Causes:
A sudden change in the diet can upset the dog’s stomach and intestinal tract leading to diarrhea. If it needs a change in the food slowly replace the old food with the new food.
If the dog ate something from trash or stale food that lead to diarrhea. This condition depends mostly on what was consumed.
Improperly cooked food or meat and decaying vegetables carry bacteria, causing diarrhea in the dog.
If dog drinks contaminated water or eat stale food it generates intestinal parasites in her stomach which causes diarrhea
Dog’s medication also can cause diarrhea as its side effect. Generally, medicines used for pain relief can affect them.
When to take the pet to the doctor:
- If diarrhea continues more than 48 hours, but the dog seems unconcerned about it sometimes.
- If it is sick, being lethargic, has low appetite and vomiting
- If a few spots of blood either in stool or vomiting
- If it has a fever. Normal temperature is up to 39c or 102.5F
Simple steps for stopping dog diarrhea:
It’s better to treat the dog’s diarrhea without using antibiotics. Antibiotics may fix the problem swiftly but it will not deal with the underlying cause of the problem. Moreover, they may permanently harm the gut of the dog. And what if diarrhea comes back then?
- Dogs will fast themselves when they have a tummy problem. Stop feeding the dog for 12 to 14 hours in case it doesn’t fast. Fasting will let its gut relax and rest. If diarrhea is stopped give it small sips of water. Use only filtered or spring water. Never use unfiltered water.
- Start with a bland (low fiber) diet after fasting. A bland diet consists of foods that are easy to digest like boiled chicken meat, hamburger, cooked rice or sweet potato, etc.
- Feed prebiotics and probiotics to rebalance the diet. E.g., Garlic and Mushrooms.
Preventing dogs from catching diseases or small health issues is not a herculean task if some little patience is bestowed by its owners