Acute Diarrhea in Dogs - Big Paws Only
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Acute diarrhea is a softening of the stool or watery stool. This condition usually lasts from one to a few days and home treatments are easily administered. It may last several weeks and which case requires immediate veterinarian care. Other conditions which require veterinarian care are listed below. Diarrhea can cause extreme fluid loss or dehydration and electrolyte disturbances.
Causes of DiarrheaThe causes of diarrhea in dogs are wide and varied and are typified by the following:
- Dietary indiscretion: includes eating compost, spoiled foods, abrupt changes in diet, or ingestion of foreign material such as rocks or twigs.
- Intestinal Parasites: may include roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
- Pancreatitis: This condition is an inflammation of the pancreas which commonly causes diarrhea
- Drugs and Toxins: Drugs may include Aspirin or antibiotics. Toxins may include lawn and household agents such as insecticides or cleaners.
- Bacterial and Protozoal infections: includes Salmonella or Giardia.
- Viral Infections: viruses like parvovirus (parvo) or rotavirus.
Symptoms of Diarrhea in DogsThe symptoms of acute diarrhea are a soft or watery stool. It may be discolored and the dog may have a rumbling stomach and have gas. If your dog has diarrhea followed with any of these symptoms, you should take your dog immediately to the veterinarian:
- Diarrhea for more than one day
- Blood found in its stool
- Decreased appetite
Home TreatmentsA common treatment for diarrhea is to feed your dog an easily digestible diet also known as a bland diet. Bland diets can be boiled chicken and rice. Boiling chicken gets rid of the fats. Fats and oils are not easily digestible. Feed this diet for one to two days after the bout of diarrhea while cutting its diet by half.
Another treatment involves fasting your dog for 12 to 24 hours. This will allow your dog's intestinal tract to rest. This may be followed by feeding it a bland diet.
Professional TreatmentsYour veterinarian has many treatments depending on the diagnosis. Some of those treatments may involve the treatments listed above or the following:
- Fluid therapy if your dog is dehydrated
- Antibiotic therapy if your dog has a viral infection
- Intestinal protectant/adsorbent drugs that coat, sooth and protect the gastrointestinal tract. Diarsanyl Paste or Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) is an example of what might be administered.
ReviewA dog's natural way to remedy itself is to get rid of the toxins or foreign elements in its body. The only way to rid itself of it is to eject it either from vomiting or excreting the garbage by form of diarrhea. It is important to carefully watch all signs from your dog during and the few days following a bout of diarrhea as it may worsen rather than get better.
If your dog shows any sign of serious illness from diarrhea, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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