Dog Diarrhea causes and treatment

Mon, Aug 22, 2011

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Dog Diarrhea: Causes and Treatment

Dog Diarrhea is a pretty common canine disease and you can easily treat dog diarrhea at home if the disease is in the initial stages. It takes around eight hours for food to pass through the small intestine, during which time most the food gets absorbed and also 80% of the water. The colon digests the rest of the food. After this process well formed stool is formed and evacuated. In the case of dog diarrhea, large quantities of unformed and loose stool are formed and the dog passes liquid stool. This could be associated with stomach pain and make the dog weak.

Causes of Dog Diarrhea..

The major causes of dog diarrhea are dietary indiscretion and intestinal worms. Dogs have a natural tendency to eat many indigestible substances including dead animals, grass, pieces of plastic and wood, decayed food and plants etc. Most of these substances are not well accepted by the stomach and cause improper bowel movement, vomiting and ultimately dog diarrhea. Sometimes, dog diarrhea is attributed to food intolerance and such foods include beef, chicken, horse meat, salts and beans etc.

Treatment of Dog Diarrhea..

Dog diarrhea can be treated at home by giving complete rest to the GI tract for 24 hours. Don’t allow the dog to eat for 24 hours and urge take as much water as possible. If the dog has persistent dog diarrhea, you could consider giving Pedialyte, which is easily available in pharmacy stores. Dilute the medicine with half part water and make it drink it. You could also opt to feed the dog suffering from dog diarrhea with K9 thirst quencher. This would take care of the water loss and also restore the bowel movement to normal. If the disease persists for more than 24 hours or if stool is associated with blood, consult a vet.

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