My dog suffers from diarrhea
Diarrhea occurs when the stool is thinner than usual. Diarrhea is often a symptom of an underlying ailment. For example, your dog gets diarrhea when there is too fast passage of the intestinal contents through the intestine. The large intestine then does not have time to remove the water from the stool due to the too fast passage. Also, due to the too fast passage, the small intestine cannot absorb the nutrients. Chronic diarrhea can therefore cause dehydration and malnutrition.
Causes of diarrhea in dogs
The most common causes of diarrhea are:
- A sudden change of feed or poor food quality.
- Food allergy or hypersensitivity
- Other things like inflammation in the intestine or stress.
Treatment of diarrhea in a dog
Each cause needs a different treatment. With diarrhea, it is first of all important that your dog drinks enough water and continues to eat, because diarrhea loses a lot of moisture and nutrients. In addition, you need to walk your dog sufficiently and clean up the feces, since in worms or parasites the infection can be transmitted to other dogs. If you think your dog is sensitive to its food, it is recommended to apply an elimination diet.
In the case of the following related complaints, it is wise to go to the veterinarian:
- Blood in faeces
- Press urge
- Diarrhoea persists for more than 3 weeks