Diarrhea in Dogs
Diarrhea is a deformed or liquid stool and it usually occurs in large amounts. Diarrhea itself is not a disease, it is a sign of different diseases. If diarrhea is due to minor conditions it can be treated with simple treatments. It may also be the result of some serious life-threatening conditions.
Causes of Diarrhea:
The faster moment of fecal material from the intestine including decreased absorption of nutrients, water, and electrolytes results in diarrhea. If diarrhea is the main sign of illness in your dog then the cause may be simple such as intestinal infection from intestinal worms, bacteria, or coccidia. In dogs, garbage eating or eating any irritating material or sudden change in diet may lead to acute diarrhea.
Main Causes of Diarrhea:
The main causes of diarrhea are given below;
- Dietary indiscretion
- Change in diet
- Food intolerance
- Poisonous substances or plants
- Swallowing of indigestible foreign object
- Viral infection
- Bacterial Infection
- Emotional upset or stress
- Antibiotics and other medications
Different categories of Diarrhea in Dogs:
To understand better we categorize diarrhea into two major classes: large bowl and small bowl diarrhea.
Large Bowl Diarrhea:
Diarrhea originating from the colon or large intestine is characterized by
- Small volumes of stool
- Increased frequency
- Red blood cells and mucus
- Difficulty in defecation or straining
Small Bowl Diarrhea:
Diarrhea originating from the small intestine is characterized by
Large poop produced at normal frequency
Fatty and frothy stool
Mucus and red blood cells are rare
No straining is involved while passing stool
Kitchen Cures For Dog Diarrhea:
Introduce simple foods slowly after a fast. Offer the food that acts as a binder which helps in normalizing the consistency of stool. Some tried methods include:
- Rice Water: Take high-Quality rice and boil them in a lot of water. Remove the rice and offer the dog white soup that is left.
- Plain white rice
- Plain yogurt
- Boiled potatoes excluding skin
- Specially formulated dog foods
- Trip to the Hospital:
- There are some benchmarks that suggest you take your dog to the veterinarian. The main signs are given below
- Physical symptoms such as fever, weakness, lethargy, and tacky or pale gums and lethargy.
All the home remedies were applied but diarrhea doesn’t stop.
Long duration of diarrhea.
You are the dog owner and you know everything about your dog even the subtle signs that anything went wrong with the dog. Always respect your instinct and pick up the phone and make an appointment with the veterinarian.