Like humans, dogs can also be affected by diarrhea. This can be cured by treatment, but it is always better to prevent it, because some forms of diarrhea can be fatal for the dog.
Symptoms and diagnosis
To diagnose diarrhea in your dog, you will notice that he will ask for more trips than usual because he will go to drop his stool more frequently, with more than usual. The stools will have a rather soft, even watery consistency. Diarrhea can be accompanied by stomach pain and sometimes even vomiting.
There are two types of diarrhea: acute and chronic. The acute diarrhea lasts only a few days while the one that is chronic will affect the dog over several weeks. You will also notice that your four-legged friend will look more tired, he will ask for more to drink than things to eat, even going so far as to stop eating. The dog may also have a fever.
Causes of diarrhea in dogs
There are different causes of diarrhea in a dog. At first, it may be due to food. Since the dog’s digestive system is quite sensitive, if there is a sudden change in food, it can cause diarrhea. The same for puppies at the end of weaning, this passage is often marked by diarrhea. A dog that eats too much can also be prone to diarrhea.
Parasites as well as infections caused by viruses and bacteria cause irritation to the digestive walls. And as it happens in human beings, he can get gastroenteritis in winter. Finally, other causes that we often do not pay attention to, but which do affect the dog are toxic products and plants. For example, bay leaf can cause digestive problems in your dog.
Treatments for diarrhea
Often, treatments are effective for diarrhea. If this is not too serious, you can start with a detox. That is, you will cut off your dog’s diet for a day or two, in an effort to let the mucous membrane rest. You will only give him a small amount of water. When resuming feeding, opt for easily digestible food and divide it so that he can eat in small amounts, but frequently.
If the diarrhea is severe enough, choose medical treatment. Start with rehydration which is very important, especially in puppies. You can give it by mouth or by infusion. Then topicals, which are intestinal dressings, are quite effective because they absorb bacterial toxins. When your dog’s diarrhea is severe and caused by bacteria, antibiotics will be needed. If it is of parasitic origin, opt for an antiparasitic treatment. Finally, if the diarrhea is severe, have him take a transit regulator.
Prevention against diarrhea
Note that treatments depend on the cause of each diarrhea. For some forms of diarrhea, you can prevent them with the vaccinations you will need to give him as well as the deworming drugs he should take regularly. On his first visit to the veterinarian, ask him for the necessary vaccines as well as the frequency of the dewormer to give him. Also when your dog needs to change food, do so gradually, gradually introducing the new food.