Dog Diarrhea | Causes and Treatment

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Published: 17th January 2011
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Dog diarrhea is one of the most common problems that eventually all pet owners will face at some point. Keep in mind that diarrhea is a symptom and not a disease and although all dogs will develop diarrhea sooner or later, it's usually a minor concern.

Yet, dog owners should observe how long it lasts and how often the dog is defecating, consistency and other symptoms the dog may be having. If the dog appears to be lethargic or if there is blood in the stool and the diarrhea lasts more than two days, make an appointment with the vet immediately.

What is Diarrhea?

Lose watery stools and frequent bowel movements. Remember, diarrhea is only a symptom or an indicator of another problem. An adult dog eating one or two meals daily, will usually have a bowel movement at least once a day, and more frequently for puppies. Stool from a healthy dog are generally firm, but with diarrhea the stools become loose and soft due to the excess amount of water. Flatulence, abdominal pain, dragging the rear end (cleaning himself) are often associated with dog diarrhea.


Dog diarrhea can occur for many reasons, some serious and some not so serious. Eating something he shouldn't of, over eating, introduction to a new food to quickly and table scraps that were just too rich.

Problems occurring within the digestive tract or in other parts of the dog's body can often be the cause and a warning sign of something more serious. Food allergies, anxiety, ulcers, worms, toxins, cancers such as lymphoma or other stomach cancers affecting the digestive system, liver disease, kidney disease and Addison's disease are serious problems that require immediate long-term attention.

Puppies versus Adult

The common reasons as well as the frequency of dog diarrhea are not always the same between puppies and adult dogs. It does however affect puppies more often than adult dogs. Since they like to eat anything they can get a hold of, puppies usually run into problems more often. This isn't to say that older dogs are not guilty of eating something they shouldn't, but typically adult dogs a more disciplined.

Intestinal parasites are a big cause of loose, messy stool and the majority of dogs will develop these troublesome pests at one point or another.

Believe it or not, but the consistency of dog diarrhea can determine just how sick your dog is. Pudding like stool is usually minor. Brown watery stool with or without blood is a good indicator that your dog pup is pretty sick. Diarrhea can easily cause dehydration, so it's critical to keep your dog hydrated at all times. While it's normal to see traces of blood in an adult dog's stool on occasion, if it appears regularly, see a vet immediately.

Acute diarrhea comes on quick lasting for a couple of days to a week or two and can often be treated at home. On the other hand, chronic diarrhea is considered more serious and occurs regularly. The on and off episodes deplete the body of vital nutrients while weakening the immune system. With chronic diarrhea, it's important to see a Veterinarian to determine what's causing the problem.

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