Diarrhoea is characterized by frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. It can be caused by something as simple as a change in diet or a more serious illness or infection. Diarrhea may be sudden in onset and short in duration. It can also last for weeks to months or occur off and on. A single bout of diarrhoea in dogs is generally not a cause for concern in dogs but if it persists for more than a day, it can lead to dehydration, or it may indicate an underlying health issue and should be checked out by a veterinarian.
Causes of diarrhoea in dogs
Signs and Symptoms of diarrhoea in dogs
- Change in diet
- Food intolerance
- Ingestion of garbage or spoiled food
- Ingestion of poisonous substances or toxic plant material
- Ingestion of foreign body (for example, toy, rubber band, plastic bag, etc.)
- Allergic reaction
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Internal parasites, such as roundworms, coccidia and giardia
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Kidney or liver disease
- Cancer or other tumors of the digestive tract
- Certain medications
- Hemmorhagic gastroenteritis
Loose or liquid, frequent stools are the most common symptoms of diarrhea in dogs.
Other signs include :
- blood or mucus in stool
- changes in volume of stool and straining to defecate
- decreased appetite
- weight loss and an increased urgency to defecate may also accompany diarrhoea
If dog’s diarrhea is black, he could be experiencing internal bleeding of the stomach or small intestine and should be examined by a vet immediately.
It is often recommended that you avoid giving dog any food for 12-24 hours while he’s experiencing diarrhea, but do provide plenty of fresh, clean water to stave off dehydration.
Homoeopathic Treatment for diarrhoea in dogs