Getting Rid of Dog Diarrhea
Getting rid of dog diarrhea is a common problem. Veterinarians usually recommend letting diarrhea run its course for a day. Here are 6 ways to help your dog feel better in the meantime.
- Hold off on food for 12 to 24 hours after the onset of diarrhea. If you don't put food in your dog's system, you won't have the mess coming out. In addition, a temporary fast gives his insides a chance to recover.
- Provide extra liquids. Dogs with diarrhea can lose tremendous amounts of fluid rapidly. Prevent dehydration by leaving out plenty of water. Encourage him to drink more by pouring some Pedialyte in the water bowl. Dogs like the taste and it replaces minerals the dog needs. Or fill the water bowl with Gatorade instead----dogs love the Fruit Punch flavor.
- Wean off the fast with bland food. Once the diarrhea has slowed a bit, feed your dog a little cooked white rice. It is easy to digest and will help firm the stools. Provide small snacks of rice with boiled white chicken or lean grilled hamburger. Increase the amount of food over the next three days. Gradually, change your dog over to his normal diet.
- Add fiber to his food. If your dog's stools are still soft, either after or during the bland food stage, try adding a little Metamucil to his food. Depending on your dog's size, give between 1 ¼ teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of Metamucil a day for 1 to 2 days. Fiber helps draw water out of the stool, and its fermenting action in the colon will help your pooch get back to normal.
- Try an over the counter medication. Pet stores sell great-tasting liquid medications that works quickly on diarrhea. It will sooth your canine friends' irritation, discomfort, and cramping. A noticeable improvement should be seen in 2-3 days.
- Reduce the stress. Nervous, upset, or anxious dogs are often afflicted with diarrhea. Comfort your dog by talking to him gently and spending extra time with him.
Causes of Dog Diarrhea
- Indigestion. Dairy products, greasy foods, fatty foods, and scraps from the garbage are common causes of diarrhea. It can also be brought on by changes in diet, excessive eating, and intolerance to certain foods.
- Worms. The presence of round, whip, hook, or tapeworms in the body can cause diarrhea.
- Liver Disease. The liver aids in digestion. If it is diseased or not producing enough bile and digestive enzymes, diarrhea can result.
- Pancreatic Disease. When an infected pancreas can not produce enough enzymes essential to digestion, diarrhea results.
- Obstructions. Diarrhea followed by no bowel movement at all can indicate that some foreign object has become lodged in the dog's digestive track.
- Poisoning. Dogs will put almost anything in their mouths. Poisons can be found all over your home. Medications, plants, household cleaners, cosmetics, pesticides, automotive products, sidewalk salt, and fertilizers. If you have any suspicions that your dog was poisoned, call your Vet immediately. If you can't get through, call the National Animal Poison Control Center 1-900-680-0000 for assistance. (Costs $20 for 5 minutes).
- Enteritis. Bacterial infections, such as leptospirosis, or viral infections, such as canine parvovirus, can result in diarrhea.
- Nerves. Emotional turmoil is a common reason dogs are afflicted with diarrhea.
When to Call for Help
If your furry friend is a puppy, appears dehydrated, has a bloody stool, or experiences severe diarrhea for more than 24 hours, take him to the Vet. Tests and additional treatments may be necessary. Make sure you collect some of his stool in a plastic bag. Your vet may want to analyze the stool to find out what is causing the problem.
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