Underfeeding and overfeeding are two common causes of dog diarrhea. Diarrhea is one of the most common problems in dogs. Diarrhea is the elimination of watery, runny or soft stools. The condition usually last for twenty four to thirty six hours and treatment at home is enough, unless the diarrhea persists and your pet gets severely listless. If the dog has black and tarry stools, bright red blood in the stools, severe abdominal pain, or fever, or if the dog persistently vomits or attempts to vomit, see your Vet immediately.
Antibiotics and other medications can change the number and kind of bacteria that normally live in your dogs intestines. This can cause canine diarrhea.
Some dogs do not have enough of an enzyme called lactase, which breaks up a large sugar molecule in milk called lactose. Lactose pulls water into the intestinal tract to soften the stools.
Diarrhea can be caused by diet. Eating things such as garbage, candy, tin foil, tablescraps, spicy foods, milk and bones. Sudden pet food changes and excess fat in the diet can be diarrhea causes too.
Worms and other intestinal parasites can irritate the intestine and cause bloody diarrhea in dogs.
Parvovirus, distemper, or coronavirus can be a cause of diarrhea.
How to stop diarrhea? Diarrhea can be managed by changing the dog’s diet and giving kaopectate to coat the intestinal tract and firm the stools. An adult dog with diarrhea should not have food for twenty four hours. Do not take away water. Diarrhea in puppies may quickly develop into severe fluid losses, or dehydration.
After withholding food for twenty four hours, you can give small, frequent feedings of boiled hamburger or chicken with boiled rice for four or five days. Be sure the food is room temperature before feeding. Small and frequent feedings give the intestine enough time to digest the food.
The next few days, mix this diet with an increasing amount of the dog’s regular food.
If the diarrhea persists more than forty eight hours, contact your vet. Chronic diarrhea can be life threatening.