Dog has diarrhea – How can I help?
For a dog owner it is always bad when the dog is sick. It's even harder when you have no idea how to help your dog. So that you do not need to despair, we of Pfotendoctor would like to give you helpful tips, which could help your dog after our experience.
However, we would like to point out that diarrhea in dogs can have many causes and the best solution is to consult a veterinarian quickly. At Pfotendoktor, we offer around-the-clock medical advice via video chat for your dog. The team of Pfotendoctor consists of trained and experienced veterinarians who want to offer you fast help with health problems of your pets.
How to tell if my dog has diarrhea?
There are some very characteristic behavioral signs of a dog when it has diarrhea, in addition there are also some visual symptoms.
A dog that has diarrhea often arches its back when defecating. In this way you can recognize that your dog is unwell. If your dog's feces are unformed, runny, contain undigested food particles, these are signs that your dog has diarrhea. If a dog has diarrhea with mucus or your dog has diarrhea with blood, you should consult a veterinarian. You should also pay attention to the color of the feces. If the feces have an unusual color, such as green or yellow, this is another sign of diarrhea in the dog.
Of course, these signs of diarrhea in dogs do not always occur. For this reason, a veterinarian should be consulted, who can determine with certainty whether your dog has diarrhea. Pfotendoctor offers a 24 hour service for a quick diagnosis.
What are the causes of diarrhea in dogs?
As already mentioned, there are quite a few causes of diarrhea in dogs. We would like to present you the most common causes, so that you know how to protect your dog from diarrhea in the future. The first cause is spoiled. Bad food. It can be very difficult to control what a dog is, so this is also one of the main causes of diarrhea in dogs. It can easily happen that a dog eats carrion or something from the garbage garbage can. In addition, you should always make sure that you do not give your dog expired food. You should also be careful with fresh meat and bones, as they may be contaminated with maggots.
Just like ingestion of bad food, ingestion of wrong food can cause diarrhea in a dog. Incompatible foods for dogs include spicy food, dairy products, tomatoes, onions, avocados, and low-quality dog food with too many carbohydrates and poor proteins. Click here for the article.
In addition, dogs can also develop allergies, making food incompatible for their dog, which other dogs can eat without problems. In this case, you should consult a veterinarian, like Pfotendoctor, to find out if your dog has any allergies.
Even a jerky change in diet can cause diarrhea in dogs. For this reason, if your dog's diet needs to be changed, you should slowly introduce them to new foods.
Ingestion of toxins can also cause diarrhea in dogs. A dog can ingest toxins such as from plant poisons or manure. In addition, rinsing water. Rat poison toxic for dogs. Your dog should never eat these things.
The last major cause of diarrhea in dogs is disease. Most diseases that cause diarrhea in dogs originate in the stomach of the animal. For example, pancreatitis, a bacterial gastrointestinal infection, or an infestation of worms in the stomach can cause diarrhea.
However, there are also diseases, such as autoimmune diseases, viral diseases or kidney and liver weakness, which do not originate in the stomach, but still lead to diarrhea in dogs. However, you also need to be careful when treating these conditions.
Antibiotics, for example, also cause diarrhea in dogs. To make sure that your dog can tolerate certain medications, you should consult a veterinarian, such as Pfotendoctor, for advice.
In some cases, diarrhea in dogs may also be caused by very serious diseases, such as tumors or cancer. This is a rare case, but not impossible. In addition, diarrhea can also be caused by foreign objects, such as plastic toys, that your dog has ingested.
Diarrhea in dogs can also have psychological causes, such as anxiety or nervousness. For this reason, you should always keep an eye on your dog's behavior, as this could be the cause of diarrhea in your dog.
How can I help my dog?
It's important to take extra good care of your dog when he has diarrhea. The best option for your dog is obviously to see a veterinarian as soon as possible, but often this is not an option. For acute problems, the 24/7 service of Pfotendoctor is at your disposal.
To help your dog's recovery, there are a few things you can do. It is important that you give your dog a lot of water and encourage him to drink, because your dog will lose a lot of fluid due to diarrhea.
Furthermore, you should not give your dog food for 12 to 24 hours, so that the intestines are not irritated by further diarrhea. After this time you should buy special gentle food for your dog, which is more tolerable for dogs with diarrhea.
To make your dog feel better, you can also give him charcoal tablets. These cleanse the intestines of bacteria and toxins and in this way help your dog to recover. In addition, there are other home remedies, such as oatmeal and carrot soup, which might also help in the short term.
If the diarrhea does not stop after 3 days, you should urgently and quickly consult a veterinarian, if you have not already done so. Another sign that the disease is serious in your dog is fatigue and apathy after defecation. This shows that your dog is very unwell. We at Pfotendoctor can help your dog quickly via video chat.