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How to treat diarrhoea in dogs

If your dog has diarrhoea but acts fine otherwise without any other symptoms you can try withholding their meals and treats for 12 hours. Always make sure they have access to freshwater though as you don’t want them to become dehydrated. When you reintroduce your pooch to food, keep it to something bland such as small portions of lean boiled chicken or white fish and rice, you might find that the cause of the diarrhoea is an allergy to certain foods such as grains, beef or potato. Be extra vigilant when treating mild diarrhoea at home with puppies and small dogs that they are taking in fluids, as they can become dehydrated and lose weight very quickly. In any case, if the problem persists for more than 24 hours it’s best to take a trip to the vet.

Signs and symptoms of diarrhoea in dogs

Clearly the most obvious symptom of diarrhoea is loose stools. Make sure you take notice of the colour and odour as this might be a clue for your vet as to what's going on.

What causes diarrhoea in dogs?

The majority of cases of dog diarrhoea are caused by your four-legged friend swallowing something they shouldn’t, scavenging is often the culprit, maybe your pooch has eaten something rancid, been through the bin or been indulging in fatty table scraps. He could have swallowed a foreign object such as a toy or your homework which could have blocked his intestinal tract, this can cause diarrhoea or constipation. Of course, we all do our best to discourage our pooches from putting everything but the kitchen sink in their mouths, but dogs are dogs, and this is easier said than done! So, don’t feel guilty if your four-legged friend has got his paws on something he shouldn’t.

What is diarrhoea in dogs?

Dog ownership isn't always a walk in the park. Sometimes our beloved pets are ill and dog diarrhoea is something that, as a pet parent, you'll probably have to face someday. In fact, most of us will at one time or another say, "my dog has diarrhoea".

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