Diarrhea In Dogs and Puppies: Causes and Treatment

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  1. Great information. I found giardia the other day on a direct smear. I was so happy – cool little dudes that reak havoc on a dog or cat.

  2. Thanks, Sand Spring Chesapeakes! Yes, giardia are interesting to look at under the microscope if you find them.

  3. raisingdaisy says:

    Such important information! One time I sat up all night with Daisy because she suddenly had bouts of bloody diarrhea – it was awful and she was so scared (as was I!). Since she hadn’t gotten into garbage or eaten anything weird, our vet determined that she had licked up something off the ground or floor with a nasty bacteria. He gave her meds that fixed her right up, thank God! But I’ll never forget that awful night. I was so sure she’d eaten something sharp that was cutting up her insides. Gives me shivers just thinking about it…

  4. Thanks for sharing, Raising Daisy. I’m glad your veterinarian was able to get Daisy the medication she needed to get her feeling better right away.

  5. I’m in the process of changing Jax’s food this week, so I am taking it extra slow to try and avoid the loose stool. Instead of trying to change it in three days, I am stretching it out over a week’s time.

  6. That’s a good idea to take it slow, Groovy Goldendoodles.

  7. Ali Isaac says:

    That makes me worry when Carys is crawling around the floor all the time! Best keep those worming tablets up to date. But how can I prevent my dog Indie from carrying in intestinal parasite eggs or bacteria on the bottom of his paws from the garden or from walking in the woods?

  8. Hi Ali. I appreciate your concern for your daughter Carys. Children are more likely to become infected with intestinal parasites than adults because they frequently put their hands in their mouths and may do so after contact with dirt or other possible sources of intestinal parasite eggs.

    One thing I can recommend is to put your dog Indie is on a monthly heartworm preventative that also works as a monthly dewormer to kill the most common worms such as roundworms and hookworms. Then if Indie becomes infected with intestinal parasites from the environment, the heartworm preventative medication will kill the parasites and help to prevent Indie from spreading intestinal parasite eggs throughout your yard when he defecates. Talk to your veterinarian about this.

  9. Elaine says:

    Good information to know. Fortunately, Haley has had a really healthy digestive system and has never had a problem with IBS or diarrhea, but it’s bound to happen sooner or later and it’s nice to know what the causes are. Great tip to keep an eye on your dog’s stools to see if anything changes.

  10. Great post! We are dealing with Inflammatory Bowel Disease at our house so unfortunately diarrhea is a way of life for us. Off topic, but I love your new blog design. I have a new one in the works too.

  11. Thanks so much for your compliments on my post and my new website design, Sharon! Let me know when your new website is up – I’m looking forward to seeing it! Sorry that you are having to deal with inflammatory bowel disease. I hope everything is going well with that.

  12. paws2smile says:

    Great blog post! Knowledge is power! 🙂

  13. Thank you, Paws2Smile!

  14. Hawk aka BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all!

    Great post. Guess I’m lucky. I’ve always got all my shots and my country vet gave me a parvo shot every 6 months when I was younger.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  15. Good information. We make sure to take a stool sample to have tested for each of the dogs every spring. One year Freighter’s came back with roundworms. Gee, wonder why? Maybe because he was eating who knows what outside – LOL! Thanks for joining the hop!

  16. Thanks, 2 Brown Dawgs!

  17. Jodi says:

    Thanks for joining the blog hop!

    I should remember to have Delilah’s tested, since she eats just about everything, especially stuff she finds on our walks.

    I’m going to get gross here. Fair warning. A few weeks back she went to poop and some water came out. I didn’t call the vet. I watched her for frequent pooping and there was none, but for precaution, I made up some rice and browned beef and fed her that for two meals. She didn’t have a reoccurence, so I think we did okay. 🙂

    It’s so important to pay attention to your dog’s fecal matter. I don’t know why more people don’t. 🙂

  18. I agree, Jodi. It is especially important for pet parents whose dog defecates outside in the backyard to make it a point to check their dog’s stool regularly (or watch their dog defecate) since they are not as likely to see what their dog’s stool looks like as a pet parent that walks their dog in order to allow their dog to “do their business.”