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How to Cope With Dog Diarrhea

Many dogs are taken to veterinary clinics due to diarrhea. Dogs usually suffer from frequent passing of soft stools that can last either for a few days or for longer periods of time. Contrary to the general belief, diarrhea is not an illness but a symptom of an underlying medical concern that is often associated with the dog’s gastrointestinal system.

Diarrhea can be caused by bacterial or viral infection, intestinal parasites, food allergies or the dog’s inability to digest the ingested food. Apart from having a great appetite, dogs are also indiscriminate eaters. Ingestion of spoiled food and substances that are not tolerated by the dog’s stomach will result to diarrhea. Ingestion of foreign objects can be another reason why the dog is passing soft stool.

To treat the pet’s loose bowel movement, a pet parent has to have an idea what causes the condition. Canine diarrhea can be treated with over the counter medication and by changing the dog’s diet. What food can you give to a pet with diarrhea?

Diarrhea normally resolves in a day or two after the normal balance of the dog’s system is restored so that a pet owner may not have to take the dog to a veterinary facility. However, pet owners should be aware that frequent passing of stool can lead to dehydration. The dog must be given enough water to drink. It would even be much better if the drinking water is mixed with Gatorade or any other oral rehydration therapy as this will rehydrate the pet and replenish fluids and electrolytes. Fasting for 24 hours for mature dogs and 12 hours for puppies will allow the stomach to rest. A bland diet of boiled rice or chicken can be given to the dog after the fasting period.

Fasting empties the stomach thus it is expected that diarrhea will stop but if this is not the case, it is imperative for the dog to have immediate medical attention. It is highly probable that the pet’s chronic diarrhea was not caused by dietary indiscretion. A serious underlying concern like distemper, parvovirus, bacterial infections and internal parasite infestation can be the reason why the dog’s body is not absorbing nutrients so that system imbalance is created.

Learn more about what can you give a dog for diarrhea and first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.

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