What To Do When Your Dog Has Diarrhea
Upset stomach? Time to find out what to do!
What to Do When Your Dog Has Diarrhea
Severeness of Diarrhea
This is a common issue that occurs regularly for dogs because they will put almost everything in their mouths. Although it can also occasionally be caused by more serious health problems. Some of which require special consideration, particularly if the diarrhea is severe and happens every now and then.
The most instance of diarrhea in properly immunized dogs are trivial in terms of health. Although it can be both annoying and complicated, fret not to rush to your veterinarians – just as you would not rush to your physician on the first sign of an upset stomach. However, a few cases can be serious, particularly in dogs which are debilitated by other ailments, old age, or if they are not vaccinated.
Dogs that are generally fit will normally respond to simple measures intended to provide the lining of the intestine with a rest so it can recuperate. Very serious cases will require more drug and maybe even intravenous fluids and hospitalization. The main point is, if diarrhea continues for more two or three days, a visit to your vet recommends in order guaranteeing proper dog care.
An abruptly developed diarrhea in a healthy dog may be due to its scavenging behavior, a rapid change in the dog diet, stress, bacteria or parasitic infections. Chronic diarrhea can be caused by food allergies or intolerances, stress and some sorts of parasites (such as Giardia, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms), pancreatic disease, bacterial infections, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, some kinds of cancer, and infections outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as liver failure or heart disease.
For minor cases of diarrhea, it normally helps to place your dog on a tasteless diet of white meat, example white fish, such as herring, tuna, mackerel, salmon etc. Or chicken, with boiled rice. This should be sustained until diarrhea stopped and the normal diet is introduced gradually for a period of about three days. Since diarrhea causes the body to lose more fluids ensure that your dog has a continuous access to clean water to prevent dehydration. In a situation, the sickness seems to be associated with feeding a particular food, discontinue such diet in the future.
You can purchase a number of very useful over-the-counter treatments for dogs with diarrhea. There are various products to help soothe the gut lining and assimilate toxins that may be available, as well as things to help restore salts and electrolytes that might have been lost, and much more to help build up a suitable combination of “good bugs” in the gut – the so-called pre-biotics and pro-biotics. With respect to worming, dogs over six months of age should be wormed four times each year to guarantee they are effectively free of worms while the puppy should be wormed for at least every month.
While your dog has diarrhea, you should avoid his normal exercise routine until he recovers- dogs are like the human he probably doesn’t feel like exercising when unwell. Remember to maintain high levels of personal hygiene to protect you and family member as bacteria such as E. coli which can infect humans may be involved.
It is an essential guideline for dog owners to know when to take your dog to a veterinarian rather than doing things for yourself. Here is a rundown of reasons to consult your veterinarian if your dog has diarrhea:
If the situation is getting worse – for example, if two days after diarrhea he begins to vomit, or if it develops dysentery.
If the dog stops eating or drinking.
If he becomes dehydrated and you notice his eyes sink into their sockets, the skin is less moveable and his mouth becomes dry.
If the dog is not properly vaccinated and up to date with his booster and he looks sick along with having diarrhea – particularly if you have heard of Parvovirus in the neighborhoods.
Updated: September 21, 2017.