What Causes Dog Diarrhea?

There are several reasons your dog or puppy is suffering from diarrhea. The following information will give you a better idea about what you might be dealing with.

First let me say that if your puppy or dog is suffering from diarrhea and seems like it is lethargic or not itself then you should call your local veterinarian immediately. This can be a sign of a more serious condition.

These causes of diarrhea are listed in no particular order so be sure to read them all.

The first cause were going to discuss is improper ingestion. When it comes to a puppy or dog they are liable to eat just about anything.

Diarrhea can happen when your dog eats to much. That can be because you fed it table scraps or to much soft canned food.

Sometimes if you allow them to eat to much dry food they can suffer from diarrhea also.

This usually runs it’s course in 24 hours and isn’t anything to get worried about.

Some dogs will even eat grass, trash or even feces. Yes, I know that is so gross! but it does happen. On a side note they do make a bitter spray to put on feces that is supposed to make your dog stop that but to think something tastes worst than feces is pretty funny.

I have heard that this will work so if you have a puppy or dog doing this it’s worth a try. Pet Supply stores like Pet co or Pet smart will carry this product. Improper digestion is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in dogs.

The second cause of diarrhea in dogs is parasites. Parasites like heart worms, giarida, hook worms, tape worms, round worms, whip worms and coccidia can cause diarrhea in your puppy or dog.

Many dog owners don’t realize that when they purchase a puppy the breeder has only just begun a de-worming schedule that will need to be continued thru the life of your dog.

For example, let’s say you purchase a puppy and your puppy is healthy, happy and full of life for the first few days.

So, instead of making that vet appointment you decide your puppy is fine and you don’t continue with the de-worming.

Within a matter of days or weeks your puppy could become sick or worse even die. It is vitally important that you continue to de-worm your puppy for all types of worms, including heart worms as they get older.

I do suggest a fecal exam to help diagnose the problem but please keep in mind that the fecal exam most vet’s use is not 100% accurate. The best advice I can give is preventive maintenance for your puppy.

The better preventive care you do the better chance you have of your puppy living a long, healthy and happy life.

If your puppy could talk it would tell you the same thing. Again, PREVENTIVE Care is the Key!

Thirdly, diarrhea in your puppy or dog can come from a wide range of bacteria’s like E. Coli, Salmonella and more.

This can be a big problem since your dog can carry these bacteria’s and not have the clinical disease.

The most cause of diarrhea in dogs comes from the Parvo Virus. This is usually accompanied by throwing up and a very foul odour. This occurs typically in younger puppies.

One of the most important things to remember for a new puppy owner is this. First continue with your new puppy or dogs vaccination schedule. It is a matter of life and death.

I suggest having your vet use the Neopar vaccination since it has 10 times the titter as most Parvo vaccines. Your dog will continue to need a yearly 5-way booster and parvo vaccine to prevent them catching this horrible disease.

While it is less common in adult dogs it does happen and this is a very deadly disease and very expensive to treat. Second and equally important is this.

When you first get your new puppy please don’t take it to places like Petco or the Dog Park and let them run free, thinking they are safe and protected. An adult dog can carry the Parvo virus and not be affected. For example:

Let’s say you take your puppy to the local dog park and while your there your new puppy steps in feces from a dog that has the parvo virus.

Your puppy will be fine for a few days but then the signs of parvo will show up with vomiting and diarrhea. I always suggest keeping a close eye on your new puppy until they have had all the required vaccinations.

Even then please use common sense when deciding who to let your new puppy around.

After all your puppy is a lot like a newborn baby and they depend on their new owner to take care of them.