Diarrhoia isn’t an uncommon problem for dogs, mainly for the fact that they’ll eat and put almost anything in their mouths. However, if your little one has severe diarrhoia or gets it frequently, your pet could be suffering with a more serious issue.
What’s the cause of your pet’s diarrhoia?
Unfortunately, there are quite a few things that can cause a seemingly healthy dog to have diarrhoia. For example, something simple like a sudden change of diet could be the cause of the issue. If this isn’t the case (or doesn’t seem to be), it could be from an infection – which could be viral, bacterial, or parasitic – or as a result of stress, dietary intolerances, or even allergies. Diarrhoia can also be accompanied by weight loss, lethargy and vomiting; but surprisingly in most cases, these don’t tend indicate a more serious issue.
The following causes may turn out to be more worrisome for your dog, however.
- Parasites (such as hookworms and roundworms)
- Pancreatic disease
- Specific types of cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Diseases like liver failure
Since these kinds of issues can be detrimental in their own ways, getting in touch with a veterinarian can often be a wise idea to treat (or in some cases, even cure) the underlying cause of your pet’s bad stomach.
How to treat diarrhoia and vomiting
If your little one has diarrhoia and has vomited a couple of times, you may be able to solve the issue on your own without needing to get in touch with a vet by:
- Not feeding your canine for 12 hours (to prevent them from dehydrating, offer them small amounts of water frequently)
- If your pup hasn’t vomited in 6 hours, try feeding them a small amount of boiled white rice and cooked white-meat chicken (with the skin and bone removed)
- If your pet doesn’t vomit for another two hours, try feeding them the same food again
- Continue doing this, increasing the meal size and the gap between meals until their poop has returned to normal
If the diarrhoia continues for more than a day, or the issue worsens, it might be a wise idea to get in touch with a veterinarian. In most cases, if there is an underlying issue, they’ll be able to find out what it is and will decide on how’s best to treat your pup.