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Even dogs on the best food can have tummy upset from time to time. So, let’s go through the list of questions that help get to the bottomline:
How old is your dog? A pup with diarrhea can be big reason to worry, especially if your pup isn’t fully vaccinated. Now, there is all sorts of evidence that annual vaccines are excessive, but there is also good evidence that pups need more than one puppy vaccine against distemper and (more importantly and scary) parvovirus. There are also frightening bacterial infections that look a lot like parvovirus infections – and lead to nasty, life-threatening diarrhea.
Other reasons for diarrhea in a pup: intestinal worms, change in diet and dietary indiscretion.
Dietary indiscretion is a fancy term for when a dog eats anything that doesn’t eat him first.
Adult dogs can be victims of dietary indiscretion, too. In either case, a day with only water should help clear up the squirts. Also, pumpkin can help normalize intestinal function and there are some nice intestinal adsorbents, like bentonite clay.
If vomiting goes along with the diarrhea – stop all food and water for 24 hours. If the vomit continues, it’s a medical emergency. If no vomiting after 24 hours, then give just water for 24 hours. If no vomiting after that time, then feed small amounts of food. If vomiting resumes, it’s a medical emergency.
An older dog with tummy problems can be a sign of something more serious. An older dog is one over 6 to 8 years, depending on breed. What color is the stool? What does it smell like (is it a horrible smell or just a bit smelly? Is it mucusy or watery? Is it many small spots or a few large pools of waste material? All of these things help identify what is going on in your dog’s guts. Diarrhea for more than 1.5 days makes me worry. Diarrhea in an older patient can be a sign of heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer.
Like us, our pets can get intestinal flus. Like us, it should only last a day or two. And, like us, vomiting leads to dehydration and worse illness.
Any question? Call your vet and describe all of the above – make sure your precious pup doesn’t get worse. And, as always, when he or she is feeling better, keep feeding excellent food!
Dr. Cathy Alinovi, veterinarian, pet lover, and nationally celebrated author knew she wanted to be an animal doctor since she was nine years old. Her mission then was simple: to make the world safe for dogs; and her mission now — Healthy Patients! She began her veterinary education at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and also holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology from Purdue. Dr. Cathy is also certified in Veterinary Food Therapy, Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, and Aromatherapy. Her extensive training and education allows her to offer your four-legged friend the benefit of cutting-edge veterinary services as well as the incredibly effective support of ancient alternative medical treatments like chiropractic care or acupuncture. Dr. Cathy’s approach provides whole body support through both the best in veterinary medicine as well as high-quality, all-natural foods, supplements, and health care products. Hoofstock Veterinary Service is owned and operated by the passionate pet lover and nationally recognized veterinarian, Dr. Cathy.
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