Diarrhea in dogs - causes and how to get rid of it again
The causes of diarrhea in dogs are very different and not always immediately recognisable for dog owners as well as for the vet. However, in order to be able to initiate a causal therapy, it is of great importance to know the exact trigger for the diarrhea. Dogs of all ages can suffer from diarrhea, and it is not uncommon for a puppy to have diarrhea. In the majority of cases, diarrhea in dogs is caused by infections with bacteria, viruses or parasites. A stool examination at the vet and in a microbiological laboratory can very quickly provide information about whether diarrhea pathogens are a possible cause.
If a dog has diarrhea, this can even be life-threatening.
Also, if a dog has ingested poison bait, it may reflexively experience convulsive diarrhea. If your dog has eaten poison, a veterinarian should be sought immediately. Even if the cause of your dog's diarrhea is initially unknown, the vet should always be consulted if symptoms persist for more than a day or worsen. Dietary errors or hypothermia can also cause diarrhea in a dog. In addition, organ weaknesses, especially in the liver, kidneys or pancreas, can lead to digestive problems and thus to severe diarrhea. This type of diarrhoea occurs particularly in older animals and is then unfortunately usually difficult to treat. No matter what the cause of diarrhoea is, it should always be remembered that the associated lack of fluids must be compensated for quickly, otherwise there is a risk of dehydration. This can also be a life-threatening condition. To compensate for the loss of electrolytes, you should give your pet fluids. If the dog refuses the fluid, intravenous administration via infusion is necessary. You will need to visit the vet or veterinary hospital for this.
Dog has diarrhea - zero diet as an important therapeutic measure
The temporary zero diet has also proven itself in the case of dog diarrhoea. The animal gets temporarily nothing solid to eat. However, sufficient fresh water and diluted chamomile tea should be available in 2 bowls. According to experience, the dog's intestinal mucosa, which has been weakened by the diarrhoea, can recover best with the help of the zero diet. However, it is also the case that most animals feel little appetite during the period of diarrhea anyway. It can take several days and even weeks to overcome the infection as a possible trigger of diarrhea in dogs. You should also not make the mistake of feeding your dog normally immediately after a diarrhoeal illness has been overcome. It is much more important in this phase of convalescence to feed smaller portions, which should only be prepared in an easily digestible way.
Explanation: We are not doctors! Please always consult a doctor if you are not sure!
- Infections most common cause when a dog has diarrhea
- Quickly compensate for the lack of fluids (light food, soups,...)
- Consult a vet in time
- Zero diet as the therapy of choice
- Slowly over days get used to normal food again
Cottage cheese, lean meat from beef and chicken, mixed with mashed potatoes or cooked rice have proven to be effective for this purpose. As a pet owner, you should also keep a close eye on the consistency of the stool and only switch to normal food when the stool consistency has become firmer again. Normal food can then be continuously added in small portions until the usual amount of normal food is again tolerated by the dog without any problems. In order for a dog to better survive an infectious diarrhoeal disease, the vet will usually prescribe antibiotics after a thorough examination of the stool and blood. Here you should scrupulously adhere to the application instructions and the prescribed duration of use.
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