by Pam

What do you recommend for Diarrhea?

Answer From the Editors at Dog-Spoiling

Hello Pam,

Thanks for writing to us with your question.

It's quite common for dogs to suffer mild episodes of this condition from time to time and get over it in a couple of days as long as there is not something more serious going on.

In the case of your dog, it's really not possible to give you a conclusive answer your question without having more information. But what I can tell you is that the symptom of diarrhea can be connected to many different causes - some of them minor and others needing professional attention.

Once you've ruled out the most obvious cause of scavenging in someone's garbage or otherwise eating tainted food, the field is pretty wide open.

Depending of the type of diarrhea - whether it is chronic or acute, your pet's condition may be due to any of the following: food sensitivity or a sudden change in his diet, not getting enough fiber, worms, viral infection, drug reaction, stress, liver or kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or pancreatitis, to name a few.

Some of these are serious conditions requiring prompt diagnosis by a vet.

If your dog's diarrhea is a recent and sudden event and you suspect it has resulted from something bad he has eaten, this type of diarrhea usually clears up by the next day or so. If this is the case, you can hold off on his food for a while to help him stabilize, but do provide water during this time.

On the other hand, if your dog is being treated for any existing medical conditions, then you should report this diarrhea episode to the vet for his expert evaluation. In fact if you are feeling anxious about his condition, talking to the vet will ease your mind.

Please read this page on the website: Diarrhea In Dogs which will give you much more information about the various causes of diarrhea, as well as its treatment and prevention.

Hoping your dog recovers soon.

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