Diarrhea in Dogs Could be Fatal
How Do I Help My Dog with Diarrhea?
8 Tips You Need to Know about Diarrhea in Dogs
Diarrhea is a scary condition in our dogs that can be fatal. Usually it is brought about by some food our dogs have eaten, however, there are times when our dog has diarrhea for no apparent reason. Every dog will experience dog diarrhea at some point in their life, it is when it is persistent that it changes the picture to seriousness. Diarrhea can me mild or severe, depending on the situation. You need to see a vet if your dog with diarrhea is an ongoing event!
Ongoing events can be as drastic as carrying poop bags in every pocket of your coat for fear of an accident in public that you may not have enough damage control for, to every time you feed your dog it has an episode of a dog with diarrhea event. If my dog has diarrhea, I will not go in public. End of story. There are not enough poop bags to handle this situation and I will not subject another dog to potentially catching something my dog may have by coming in contact with the dog diarrhea.
Here are 8 tips we need to know about when dealing with dogs and diarrhea. There are many more circumstances but for generalization purposes these are crucial to know:
What did your dog eat prior to getting the dog diarrhea and did you change their food. Changing proteins in their diet can cause dog diarrhea. Usually an incorrect diet is the main cause of why your dog has diarrhea. A diet loaded with salts, oils and human fast food products can lead to serious imbalances in the dog’s digestive system. The other potential factor to consider is did your dog get into someones garbage? Stale foods can also bring on diarrhea in dogs.
Loose stools and dehydration are serious and can be life-threatening. If there is white mucus in their stools they have an issue with their digestive tract. Dogs with diarrhea like this will have watery stools, covered in a whitish film and that needs to be addressed by a vet.
If there is blood in the stools and the dogs diarrhea persists for longer than a week, you need to see your holistic vet. If a dog with diarrhea is left without a veterinary check, they could end up with a life threatening disease or potentially die. Nobody wants to go down that highway!
Chronic diarrhea in dogs could contain blood. This condition could lead to chronic inflammatory bowel disease or pancreatitis. This is not what you want for your dog. This is usually caused by food allergies, parasites such as coccidia, roundworms or bacterial infections such as giardia from stale water ponds. Some cases have been from fungi and protozoans. Generally speaking, chronic diarrhea in dogs lasts for longer than two weeks.
Acute diarrhea in dogs is caused from bacteria, and some of these are salmonella or E coli. Loose stools and lethargy, vomiting or fever could be some of the signs with this condition. This dog diarrhea can last for up to a few weeks. Be very vigilant in your watch with this as any prolonged diarrhea in dogs is potentially fatal.
Chronic dog diarrhea treatment consists of a proper diet. Bland diets consisting of boiled chicken, scrambled eggs, rice if tolerated, and fasting your dog for a day with only fresh water is good. No fats, oils, heavy proteins or dairy should be given.
Acute dog diarrhea treatment consists of giving mashed, cooked pumpkin, lightly steamed vegetables, and probiotics added to their food. Lots of fresh water and applesauce can be fed. Very bland foods are the only choice on the menu.
Remedies for dogs and diarrhea can be treated at home if it is not in a serious state. Including probiotics in their diet and herbs like slippery elm can help. Don’t go back to feeding a regular diet if improvement comes quickly because that could set them back. Stick to the altered diet until a few days of normalcy has passed.
In my e-book, ” The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs,” I talk about various holistic treatments when dealing with dogs diarrhea and stomach upsets.
There are countless ways of helping your dog with stomach upset or intestinal upset and a dog with diarrhea can be a result of these conditions. One of my girls had such bad stomach issues she had enough gas to light up a US city! Try sleeping beside that and not removing her from your bedroom! When the other dog leaves the room you know there is a serious issue happening!
Whatever the case, I learned many things about diet and gastrointestional problems and how to deal with them. I explain many of these learnings in Chapter 2 of my e-book. Tried and tested remedies, what works and what doesn’t! Kind of the been there and done that theory.
If your dog has diarrhea, make sure you keep a close watch on any mucus or blood in the stool. Is it really runny or oozy? We can get very descriptive here…firm, hard rockets, mushy, volumous, pencil thin, black and tarry, coated in film, or tinged in blood. This is all very important when you go on your poop patrol every night and day. What comes out the other end is a reflection of what is happening inside your companion dog.
As they say, what goes up must come down, and so too, what goes in must come out in some shape or form!
Share your diarrhea dog stories and enlighten us on your experience with this condition!