It’s not fun for you or your dog when there’s poop everywhere. But diarrhea in dogs is more than just an inconvenience—it can also be a sign that something’s seriously wrong. That’s why it’s important to know the potential causes, signs, and solutions for this unpleasant problem so that you can take appropriate action as needed. So read on to learn whether your pup has a case of the poops or if it’s something serious!
Why do dogs get diarrhea?
Diarrhea can be caused by a variety of issues, but each will have its own set of symptoms.
- A change in diet: If you’ve recently started feeding your dog a new brand or type of food and he develops diarrhea, it is likely that the change has triggered his immune system to react negatively. The same applies if you are switching from one brand to another over time—for example, switching from one brand of dry dog food to another over several months rather than all at once—or if you’re giving him table scraps instead of his usual kibble. Dogs are not able to digest fiber well, so giving them too much fiber can also cause diarrhea.
- Stress: This is an easy one! Anxious dogs often experience stomach cramping and/or frequent bowel movements due to stress-related spasms in their digestive system. In serious cases where dogs are stressed out for prolonged periods of time (such as when left alone for long periods), this can lead to chronic diarrhea with no specific cause identified after testing other possible factors like diet changes and so forth; this condition is known as “colitis” and requires veterinary intervention before it becomes life threatening (because without treatment it could lead up being fatal).
What are the signs of diarrhea in dogs?
Diarrhea can be a sign of many different things. It is the most common symptom of food poisoning in dogs and can also be caused by parasites, bacterial infections or viruses.
Vomiting is another symptom that occurs with diarrhea in dogs. If your dog has diarrhea and vomits, he may have something called gastroenteritis, which means his stomach and intestines are inflamed. This condition should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further complications such as dehydration or electrolyte imbalances that could lead to death if not treated quickly enough.
When should I call the vet?
If your dog is dehydrated, lethargic, or has a fever greater than 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius), call your vet right away.
If your dog is vomiting or has blood in the stool, call the vet as soon as possible.
If diarrhea lasts longer than 24 hours and your dog is not improving with home treatment, contact your veterinarian for advice on how to proceed with medical treatment.
What will the vet do?
The vet will perform a physical examination, asking you questions about your dog’s diet, lifestyle and recent activities. The vet might also use diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the diarrhea.
If your dog has an underlying medical condition such as a parasitic infection or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that’s causing diarrhea, medication may be prescribed to treat it. In rare cases when there is no apparent cause for diarrhea, treatment may also be recommended.
Diarrhea can be a dangerous sign that your dog needs help.
Diarrhea can be a dangerous sign that your dog needs help. It is important to know what causes diarrhea and how to treat it.
- Food allergies: Dogs with food allergies may develop vomiting, itching or diarrhea. Feeding your dog different foods can help determine if he has food allergies so you can determine the best diet for him.
- Parasites: Parasites such as worms are another common cause of diarrhea in dogs, especially puppies. Puppies can get worms from their mother’s milk or by eating fleas while nursing on her belly (if she has fleas). Adult dogs usually get intestinal parasites from contaminated soil or water sources where they walk barefoot outside; this includes pet parks where dogs relieve themselves indiscriminately (yikes!). If you suspect a parasite problem, speak with your vet about taking preventative measures like de-worming medications and/or changing up their diet until the problem subsides
We hope this article has been helpful in explaining what diarrhea is and when to seek medical attention for your dog. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are committed to ensuring that all dogs live happy, healthy lives with their owners by providing comprehensive care through every stage of life.