Diarrhea in dogs - How my dog stays healthy part 3/33 - Tips for dog's health
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Diarrhea in dogs - How my dog stays healthy part 3/33
Diarrhea is a symptom that can have various causes. Generally this is harmless and can be treated easily. But it can also happen that serious diseases hide behind it. In this article you will learn useful tips so that your little friend feel better fast.
Tony doing his big business
Diarrhea in dogs is not an independent disease, but a symptom that occurs as accompanying effect to an existing underlying disease or is a consequence of indigestion. Dog diarrhea is expressed by the soft, liquid or pasty feces. The dog needs to do his big business usually more often than usual. Because diarrhea can occur to any dog, it is for any dog owner helpful to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment options and prevention.
What are common causes of diarrhea in dogs?
Diarrhea in dogs can have many different causes. A common cause is improper nutrition. Here, the dog should be fed only with suitable foods and high quality feed. Many dogs react to changes in diet as well with diarrhea. For this reason, your dog should get used to the new food type slowly. It is best to do such a process over several days, in which initially you mix a little of the new food with the old. In the following days, then you should increase the amount of new food more and more.
In the daily walks, there are some potential hazards that may be responsible for the onset of diarrhea. If the dog eats or comes into contact with inappropriate things (such as waste residues, carrion, etc.), poisoning, bacterial infections, viruses or parasites can cause diseases that cause diarrhea.
Some time ago, Tony came during a walk into contact with feces of another dog when sniffing, which was infected with Giardia. Tony then had a bacterial infection that caused as accompanying symptom an irregular and slimy diarrhea. By the analysis of the feces through the vet this could be diagnosed and treated quickly.
Allergies, food intolerance, hereditary bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic disease or psychological factors (e.g., increased stress) can also cause diarrhea in dogs.
What are the common symptoms of diarrhea in dogs?
The symptoms of diarrhea include, among other things, a very soft to liquid stools, which is often deposed uncontrollably and propagated. In feces sometimes you find also reflected blood, undigested food residues or mucus. Other symptoms include bloating, vomiting, bowel sounds, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, restlessness, or weakness. A suffering dog from diarrhea loses more and more water and minerals. Diarrhea for a prolonged period can lead to emaciation.
How can diarrhea be detected in dogs?
Diarrhea can occur relatively frequently in dogs. Mostly it is harmless and will disappear after a short time. Therefore, in such cases, no complicated diagnosis is required. If the dog is suffering from acute or even chronic diarrhea that stretches over a longer period, so the veterinarian can determine with various examinations the exact cause and treat it.
At that time Tony’s diarrhea came irregularly and was slimy. With a fecal examination it could be detected, a possible parasite infection or a bacterial infection. Furthermore, the veterinarian can take a blood sample. From this he can obtain information on liver and kidney function, mineral content, inflammation and antibodies against viruses. Additional examinations are offered with X-ray, colonoscopy and ultrasound examinations.
How to treat diarrhea in dogs?
Most forms of diarrhea can be treated from home quite well by yourself. If you notice that your dog has light diarrhea, so you should give nothing to eat to your little friend for 24 to 48 hours. Because the dog loses much liquid during diarrhea, it is very important that he has at any time fresh water available. In addition, you can offer chamomile or fennel tea. The dog should also have plenty of rest during this time. After the one to two day diet you can feed your dog easily digestible foods. Ideally, he should get the food in small portions throughout the day. The absolute classic is:
- Cooked rice (no salt) with chicken (boneless).
Other foods recipes are:
- Cooked rice (2/3) with low-fat quark (1/3)
- Cooked rice or noodles (2/3) with cottage cheese (1/3)
- Chicken (1/3), cottage cheese (1/3) and cooked rice (1/3)
- Cooked carrot crushed (1/3), cottage cheese (1/3) and cooked rice (1/3)
You can of course combine the ingredients as you want and find out what your dog tastes best. The dishes should be fed at room temperature.
If your dog still have diarrhea, so it is recommended to go to the vet. Particularly with puppies, because of the danger that they can dry out fast by the loss of fluid. The veterinarian can then find out the cause and begin treatment. For Tony it was back then a bacterial infection. He got antibiotics and mineral-rich dietary supplement.
How can you prevent diarrhea in dogs?
Prevention of diarrhea:
- Regular deworming
- Don’t change feed too fast and too often
- Don’t let the dog get in touch with dissuade waste, dirt, feces or carrion
- Clean dogs places (like the dog basket) regularly
- Avoid contact with dogs who currently have diarrhea
- Feeding of raw meat carries the risk of infection by parasites
When should I go to a vet?
If the dog is suffering more than two days of diarrhea, the diarrhea occurs particularly strong, the feces is bloody or symptoms such as fever, cramps, pain, vomiting occur, it is advisable to go to the vet. Prolonged diarrhea leads, due to the fluid and mineral loss, in desiccation, which can be life threatening in severe cases. Especially in puppies you should react faster, because they can dry out quickly.
Now you know the causes, symptoms, treatment options and prevention of diarrhea and can better respond to it, so that your little darling feels better.
In the next part of this article series I will address the issue of "fever and cough". Until then, keep it puggy!
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