Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea?

Why Does My Dog Have Diarrhea?

Apr 30 , 2021

Diarrhea or loose, watery stools is common in dogs at one time or another. There are a multitude of reasons why a canine gets it. A change in a canine’s food or treats may bring on watery stools, or a canine may have an allergy to a certain food. Foods that are rich or simply indigestible are a common cause. Oftentimes canines have loose stools from eating garbage. It can ferment in the gastrointestinal system causing loose, watery stools and swelling of the stomach. When a canine ingests a toy or other indigestible object, it can get watery stools.

When a canine is placed in a kennel environment, it can bring on loose stools. This can be very stressful. Anxiety from separation or simply travel to another place can induce loose stools also. Medications, such as antibiotics are sometimes problematic. Inflammatory bowel disease and colitis may cause watery stools. Bacterial and viral infections are other culprits, as are cancer, kidney and liver disease. Finally, parasites are a key cause of loose stools in canines.

If your canine has loose, watery stools for over 24 hours, you should call your veterinarian. The vet should also be called if the animal is vomiting in conjunction with watery stools. Lethargy is another red flag in canines. If there is blood or if you see worms in the stool, you should contact the veterinarian and also if the loose stools have continued for several hours. If the animal has pale, discolored gums, call the vet. Loose stools from ingesting anything poisonous is an emergency.

At home interventions may help. You can withhold food over 24 house and just give water. This will give the gut a rest. Feed your canine a bland diet of unseasoned, boiled chicken with cooked white rice temporarily. Introduce the canine’s regular food into the bland diet mixture slowly and see if there is improvement. Of course, be sure to keep your dog hydrated throughout the whole process. With good home care, you canine’s diarrhea has a good chance of resolving.