Dogs can suffer from several diseases. One of them is Diarrhea. In this disease, your dog experiences liquid or loose bowel movements. Sometimes blood or mucous can come with its stool. It may be accompanied by vomiting, fever, loss of weight, water loss from the body (dehydration) and decreased appetite. It can take many forms in dogs for example stools can be soft or watery. Sometimes diarrhea can be the aid with time without any medical treatment but if it gets worse clinically treating certain ailments is necessary. If stools have blood and dog are experiencing severe straining, then this might be an emergency case. If it is accompanied by vomiting it may be a symptom of the blockage of intestine which may require surgery.
It can be caused by many common factors such as
- Intake of toxic substances
- Ingestion of materials like rubber, plastic bag,
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Diet changes
- Intake of spoiled food
- Intolerance to certain foods
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Parasites or digestive tracts cancer or other tumors
Above mentioned conditions indicate that there could be one or more than one causes of this problem, so it’s better that your dog is examined by a veterinarian to figure out what exactly caused this problem.
Treatment and visit to a veterinarian
During this problem, avoiding feeding your dog for 12 to 24 hours is often recommended. Do not avoid giving him plenty of fresh clean water to prevent or aid dehydration. Usually, if the dog doesn’t get better within a day or two, then there is a need to take him to a vet. But it’s better to take him to vet when you notice from various symptoms that your dog is suffering from diarrhea. The veterinarian will check and examine the diseased dog and estimate the extent of dehydration. He will take the blood sample to test it for identifying the cause of this problem. He may also take the sample of his stool for examining if it is caused by the presence of parasites. Other diagnostic tests may also be done for example ultrasound. The treatment will be based on how severe the dog’s condition is and from long the dog is suffering from this disease.
There are chances of occurrence of this disease even in healthy dogs. Following are some of the preventative steps to avoid this illness in dogs:
- Make sure to vaccinate regularly your dog.
- Keep your dog away from spoiled food and solid waste materials.
- Let your dog examined by a vet to make sure he is free from parasites.
- Teach it not to intake other animal’s feces.
- Make sure that your dog does not eat anything from the street while walking.
- Keep it away from the stressful environment.
- In case you want to change your dog’s food don’t rush into this instead keep it slow, mix it with his regular food to make sure that it suits it or not.