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Yuck Dog Diarrhea !

A healthy dog might have an episode of dog diarrhea every once in a while, but usually it’s a quick bout and over in no time, and that’s the end of that. However if your dog is having diarrhea frequently, this problem must be resolved, or your dog can become quite chronically ill and dehydrated.

Excessively loose, watery and frequent bowel movements are a sign that the bowels are trying to eliminate toxic irritants. This is the body's natural way of trying to get rid of something. That's  OK, we don't want to stop the body's own ability to purge, but at the same time, we can't let it go on for too long.

I think we’ve all been there. The dog is at the door, asking to go out. He's panting. He’s in a hurry! You can tell by the way he’s behaving that something's wrong.

Once out, he finds a place, and let’s it gooooooooooo! Relief...but now he’s looking around, his posture is hunched and he’s straining to go again. More runny, smelly, liquid dog poop. Oh no!

Worse yet, you find he’s had a problem while you’ve been out. What a delightful surprise to be greeted with dog diarrhea all over the living room rug upon your arrival home. Your dog knows he’s been bad, even though it’s not his fault ( he was desperate !) and he’s hiding in the bedroom. No greeting at the door for you today!

Dog diarrhea is not fun for you or your dog.


Canine Diarrhea is Often Accompanied By...

  • Loose watery stool that is frequent and urgent.
  • Straining - trying to go, and then an explosion of diarrhea. This is not dog constipation.
  • Low energy - do you notice a change in your dog’s typical day to day behaviour and energy? Does he seem to be  feeling kind of low, wants to sleep a lot, is not that interested in anything, including food.
  • Vomiting together with appearing to be generally unwell.
  • Fever - does your dog feel warm to the touch?
  • Dehydration - Senior dogs and puppies are at a higher risk. Loss of body fluids through excess watery dog poo is something to worry about.
  • Lack of appetite - What’s this? He doesn’t want to eat? Something must be very wrong.

Causes of Dog Diarrhea

There can be many reasons why your pooch has dog diarrhea. Diarrhea affects peristalsis, the involuntary muscle contractions in your dog’s intestinal tract. This makes him feel like he has to go...again, and again. Peristalsis creates wavelike movements that push the contents of the bowel forward.

Here are some of the most common causes of dog diarrhea.

  • Dietary Indiscretion - This means, eating something he shouldn’t. You know dogs! They’ll eat what isn’t nailed down... grass, rocks, sticks, tree bark, garbage, rotten decaying food, other dog’s poop, paper, plastic, that piece of chocolate cake that wasn’t put away, and other stuff. You get the picture.
  • Intestinal Parasites - worms and single celled micro-organisms such as Giardia, which is a microscopic protozoa, that can cause dog diarrhea. It comes and goes intermittently. Just when you think all is well, the diarrhea starts again. Various types of worms ( roundworm, hookworm, tape worm, whipworm, threadworm ) can be contributors as well.
  • Change in dog food – Think about this. If you have been feeding the same dry dog food for years, you have created a set of circumstances where your dog’s digestive system has been ' conditioned ' to accept only one kind of food. This creates ' food intolerance '. Don't you eat a variety of food every day? Well your dog needs variety too. By doing this he gets a wider range of micro nutrients, and his bowel becomes ' conditioned ' to accept different foods,  and so you won't have digestive system problems and runny dog poo, if you change foods often. This called rotation feeding.
  • Food allergies – Are created by feeding the same protein source for a long time. Example : Chicken. Eventually, the dog develops an ' allergy ' from being overexposed to the proteins in chicken. Food allergies can be the root cause of Leaky Gut Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Pancreatitis – Inflammation and swelling of the pancreas frequently caused by the dog eating food higher in fat than usual, certain drugs and/or health problems such as hypothyroidism which can increase the amount of fats ( lipids ) in the blood. Pancreatitis is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weakness and shock. This is serious. See the vet. In the meantime, withhold ALL food. Nothing by mouth at all.
  • Bacterial and viral infections – Dogs are indiscriminate eaters, so infections are common. Diseases can be picked up from other infected dogs too, which can cause runny dog poo.
  • Stress - What’s going on at your house? A change in routine maybe, a divorce, a new baby, moving house etc. Dogs have emotions too, and like us, hold their feelings in their guts. Thus the expression...'gut feeling '. Is your dog worried about you?
  • Drugs – medications such as antibiotics, dewormers, heart medications and NSAID’s ( Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs ) can alter dog feces and cause a side effect of diarrhea ( among many other side effects ).

This Dog Diarrhea Chart Can Help You Pin It Down

Color Cause Located
yellow, green rapid transit small bowel
black, tarry Upper GI bleeding stomach, small bowel
red blood, clots lower GI bleeding colon clots
pasty, light lack of bile liver
large, gray, rancid poor digestion, malabsorption small bowel
Odor Cause Located
sour, foodlike, putrid rapid transit, poor digestion, malabsorption, infection small bowel
foul, rancid poor digestion, fermentation pancreas, small bowel
Consistancy Cause Located
watery rapid transit small bowel
foamy bacterial infection small bowel
greasy malabsorption pancreas, gall bladder, small bowel
shiny, jelly like, mucous parasites, irritation colon
Frequency Cause Located
straining, many stools often irritation, colitis colon
3 or 4 large stools a day poor digestion, malabsorption pancreas, small bowel
State of Health Cause Located
weight loss poor digestion, malabsorption pancreas, small bowel
normal weight, normal appetite large bowel malfunction colon
vomiting, pain, diarrhea enteritis, pancreatitis pancreas, small bowel


Some Options to Help Get Your Dog Back to Normal


OK, now let's look at some suggestions for fixing this problem that have worked for me. On the next page I'll offer you some ideas for natural dog diarrhea treatment. Let's hurry up and get your dog feeling better soon.


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Possible Causesof Dog Diarrhea

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Eating something suspicious

Food allergies

Pancreatitis

Worms

Parasites

Viruses

Bacterias


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Digestive System Upset

Indescriminate eating!

Bad dog!


Multi celled organisms such as worms

Single celled organisms such as amoebas and protozoa and bacterias

eg:

giardia

coccidia

Bacterias

eg:

Bordatella ( kennel cough)

Leptosirosis

Viruses are sub microscopic particles defined as toxins or poisons that can invade another organism.

eg:

Parvovirus

Rabies