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Treating Your Dog’s Diarrhea

It may not be the most pleasant subject to discuss, but if your dog is suffering from diarrhea, he or she needs loving treatment all the same. The solution depends on what is causing the diarrhea—below, an Indianapolis veterinarian talks about the causes and treatments for this unpleasant but common disorder in dogs.

Dietary Changes

One of the most common causes of diarrhea in dogs is a change in diet. If you’ve suddenly switched your dog’s food to a new type, his stomach might not react well. This can be remedied by switching back to the old diet, than gradually introducing the new food in small doses, one meal at a time. Your veterinarian can help you come up with a step-by-step plan to switch your dog’s diet.

Intestinal Parasites

Parasites like roundworms, hookworms, or whipworms can invade the intestines of your pet and cause diarrhea. Once you treat the parasite infection, the diarrhea symptoms should cease—your Indianapolis vet can prescribe medication to eliminate the parasites from your dog’s system. Set up an appointment as soon as possible.

Drugs and Medicine

Many dogs might be intolerant to certain medications they are taking, which leads to diarrhea. Heart medications, antibiotics, and de-worming products have been known to cause diarrhea in some pets. Ask your vet if your dog can switch medications if the problem is severe.

Dairy Intolerance

Too many dairy products in a dog’s diet will cause diarrhea. If your dog drinks milk commonly or eats a lot of cheese, it may be time to cut back.

Emotional Causes

Some dogs will experience diarrhea simply because of a heightened emotional state. Going to the vet, taking a long trip, or any circumstance which increases anxiety or worry in your pet may result in diarrhea. If you can’t avoid the situation, the best thing to do is prepare ahead of time with cleaning materials, dog crates, plastic bags, etc.

Bring your dog to your veterinarian immediately if your pet’s diarrhea continues for more than a day, as this could be a sign of a more serious underlying issue.

 

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