Dogs are susceptible to diarrhoea and most cases sort out on their own within no time. However, if the diarrhoea is bloody, foul-smelling and accompanied by lethargy, vomiting, coughing and fever, you are advised to take your pet immediately to the doctor as this could mean your dog is infected by the Parvovirus.
Here are four common reasons your dog’s business is playing fast and loose.
1. New Diet
If you recently switched your pet’s food, this could be the reason for their diarrhoea. A sudden change in food is not recommended and so as to make the transition to a new food easier on their digestive systems, you should slowly increase their new food while gradually reducing the old food.
2. Bad Food
Your pooch probably ate something they shouldn’t have. It is not your fault. Dogs would practically put anything in their mouths. However, make sure to be on the lookout for other symptoms such as a lack of appetite and whimpering. Depending on what item your puppy ingested the severity of the upset tummy could vary.
Just like humans, dogs can be born allergic to certain food groups. Common foods that are found to be allergic to dogs include dairy, wheat, fish and beef. Take your pet to the vet and clarify if a food allergy could be the reason.
4. Swallowed a Foreign Body
While on one of their adventures, they might have ingested a stone or two or some other indigestible item. If the object is small enough, it can be easily eliminated through their stools. If you are unsure what your pet swallowed, take him or her to the pet as sharp objects once inside can be extremely damaging to your dog’s health.
Apart from these four, a few other reasons requiring immediate attention include- Viral/bacterial infections, illnesses like Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and cancer.
When to see the vet?
To locate the cause for your dog’s diarrhoea, you can start by recalling your pet’s previous three meals. If nothing new was introduced and your pet had been under your supervision without the chance to ingest something indigestible, book an appointment with the veterinarian.
However, as a general rule of thumb, if the diarrhoea lasts for more than two days, it is time to take them to the vet.
Best foods for dog’s suffering from diarrhoea
A bland diet with White Rice, Yoghurt,Paneer and Eggs is recommended. In some cases, the pet might need to fast for a day. Withholding food for a day will give their GI tract a well-earned break. Plus, it lets them rest and recover.
Don’t forget to give your pet access to plenty of fresh water. Ensuring this will prevent a host of other complications such as dehydration.
We hope this guide has given you some relief from the anxiety you were going through! Ooh, before we forget, don’t indulge your pet in too many sweets this holiday season. Too much sugar is difficult for your pet’s digestive system to process. If you want more tips on how to include your pet in parties, check out our other posts.
And that’s a wrap, we hope your pet gets well soon!