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About Dog Diarrhea

By Contributing Writer
 
Dog diarrhea can be scary because it isn't what normally happens. You might be afraid that your dog is sick or has eaten something poisonous. It is important to know as much as you can about dog diarrhea so that you can know when it is normal and when it is not.

Function

Dog diarrhea is a way of getting bad stuff out of the digestive track of a dog. It could be caused because the food the dog ate wasn't good, or it could be caused by the fact that the dog is sick or needs medical attention. Either way, it is a very loose stool that your dog has, and it might be frightening to you, or at the very least, it is going to be very messy for you to clean up.

Significance

When a dog has diarrhea, it means one of several things.
It might mean that a dog has eaten something that does not agree with him. This could be due to you changing foods and him not being used to the food. It could be due to the fact that he was given too much people food and not able to handle it. It could be due to the fact that he ate food he wasn't supposed to eat, food that was spoiled, or food that isn't meant for dogs.
It might mean that the dog is sick. If he hasn't had any foods that aren't normal, and you know that his dog food has not spoiled, it might indicate that he is ill and might need medical attention.
It might mean that he is stressed. Often when a dog is stressed, they'll have unusual stools or dog diarrhea. If you have recently moved, have had changes to your family, or if something has happened that is stressful to your dog, this might cause it.

Types

Whether your dog has eaten something that doesn't agree with him, is sick, or is stressed, the diarrhea will be soft and watery. He might not be able to always wait until he gets outside to go. Also, it might be a different color than you are used to.

Considerations

If you believe that your dog had diarrhea because you changed foods, simply wait for a few days to see if it passes. If you think that he ate something that made him sick, remove that type of food or that kind of food and make sure he doesn't get it again. if he continues to have it, whether or not you think he has been stressed, you should take him to the vet, as this could be a sign of illness.

Prevention/Solution

In order to prevent your dog from having diarrhea, do your best to keep him on regular food. Don't change his food all at once. If you need to change foods or introduce a new type of food, do it slowly by mixing it with the old food. Make sure that your dog doesn't have access to people foods or garbage.
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