Many dogs are taken to veterinary clinics due to diarrhea. Dogs usually suffer from frequent passing of soft stools that can last either for a few days or for longer periods of time. Diarrhea is not an illness rather the condition indicates that the pet’s health, specifically the gastrointestinal system is not A-okay.
Loose bowel movement of dogs is often associated with the inability of the gastrointestinal system to function normally but this condition can also indicate infection, food allergies and intestinal parasites. Dogs have a reputation for being voracious and indiscriminate eaters. Ingestion of spoiled food and substances that are not tolerated by the dog’s stomach will result to diarrhea. Dogs inclination to gnaw and swallow foreign object can be the cause of diarrhea.
Treatment for canine diarrhea calls for knowing the underlying cause of the condition and restoring the normal digestive balance. Over the counter medications can be used but the most effective way of dealing with the pet’s diarrhea is through dietary change. What can you give a dog with diarrhea?
Diarrhea normally resolves in a day or two after the normal balance of the dog’s system is restored so that a pet owner may not have to take the dog to a veterinary facility. However, pet owners should be aware that frequent passing of stool can lead to dehydration. It is very necessary to ensure that the dog is provided with enough water to drink. It would even be much better if the drinking water is mixed with Gatorade or any other oral rehydration therapy as this will rehydrate the pet and replenish fluids and electrolytes. Fasting for 24 hours for mature dogs and 12 hours for puppies will allow the stomach to rest. A bland diet of boiled rice or chicken can be given to the dog after the fasting period.
Fasting should stop the runny stool as the dog is already “empty” but if the pet continues to pass voluminous runny stool, it is necessary to pay the vet a visit. Persistent diarrhea that may be going on for weeks results from conditions not associated with the dog’s dietary indiscretion. Diarrhea that has been going on for weeks or even months can no longer be blamed on the dog’s indiscriminating habits as this condition often results form an underlying medical concern such as bacterial and viral infection, distemper or parasitic infections that causes an imbalance in the dog’s system.