Puppy Diarrhea

Puppy Diarrhea: How To Fix The Issue

Dog poop is something that isn’t fun to deal with. Usually your dog has no problem going to the yard on their own but when they have puppy diarrhea you have a whole different scenario on your hands.

Normally your dog would go to the yard and do their business and later on you would go to the yard and pick it up and dispose of the unwanted poop on your grass. However if you have a dog that is having diarrhea problems it can cause a mess.

Your dogs bottom can get messy and so can any place they decide to go to the bathroom. Additionally your dog will have an upset stomach and not be a great mood because they are not feeling well.

Quick Video On How To Deal With Puppy Diarrhea

First of all before we explain how you can treat and manage dog diarrhea quickly watch this video below to get a better understanding of how to manage the situation.

What Type Of Dogs Are Prone To Diarrhea?

There are certain breeds of dogs that are more likely to get diarrhea than others. One breed of dog in particular that is predisposed to developing diarrhea is the German Shepherd.

Additionally young dogs (puppies) are more likely to have infectious and parasitic-related diarrhea than adult dogs.

What Causes Diarrhea In Dogs?

The most common cause of diarrhea in puppies in dietary indiscretion which is a fancy way of saying they ate something they shouldn’t have.

Other causes include:

  • A sudden change in diet
  • Infectious disease (such as parvovirus virus)
  • Parasites
  • Food allergies
  • Foreign Bodies (such as a rubber band, sticks, bark, etc)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stress
  • Hemmorhagic gastroenteritis
  • Cancer
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Colitis
  • Issues with certain medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of Dog Diarrhea?

Here is a great 8 minute video from a veterinarian explaining the causes of puppy diarrhea.

It isn’t a question of if your puppy is going to have diarrhea but when your puppy will have diarrhea as it is bound to happen.

Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased urgency to defecate

Usually dogs only have one occurrence of diarrhea and they are done but in some more rare cases they have multiple occurrences of diarrhea bouts.

After your pet experiences a bout of diarrhea it is important to monitor your pet to make sure they are acting healthy.  If you notice that your pet is experiencing any of the serious symptoms above it would be a good idea to take your dog to the vet for a checkup.

How Do You Treat The Problem?

How To Treat Puppy Diarrhea

In order to treat diarrhea in your puppy it is often recommended to hold off feeding your dog for 12 – 24 hours while they may be experiencing diarrhea.

During this time it is however important to be providing your dog with plenty of fresh clean water so that your dog does not get dehydrated.

Additionally you can check with your veterinarian to see if there are any other treatments needed to be done to help your dog recover from diarrhea.

Note: if your dogs symptoms do not improve or get worse it is important to bring your dog to the veterinarian immediately to get him or her checked out.

How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Diarrhea

It is important to keep in mind that sometimes your pet will get diarrhea and its inevitable.  However if it is caused by a reason there are some things you can do as a pet owner to lower the chances of diarrhea from occurring.

  • Minimize the stress of your dogs environment
  • Don’t let you dog eat garbage or foods that they should not be eating
  • Make sure your dogs vaccinations are up to date
  • When walking outside make sure your dog does not eat anything off the street or ingest feces of other animals
  • Make sure your dog is free of parasites by having regular checkups at the veterinarian
  • If you switch your dogs diet make sure its done gradually as to not upset their stomach

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