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Archive for April 13th, 2013

Diarrhea in dogs

Saturday, April 13, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Diarrhea in dogs can take several forms. Stools can range from abnormally soft to watery. Other signs to look for is straining while defecating, gas, abnormal odor or blood or mucus in the stool.  Some cases of diarrhea go away by themselves but others require a veterinarian and treatment.  Bloody diarrhea with straining may be an emergency, especially with small dogs. Diarrhea with vomiting can be a sign of an intestinal obstruction. In some cases, this may require surgery.  Here are some causes of diarrhea.

  • Parvovirus Infection. Usually vomiting and diarrhea accompanied by a fever typically in young dogs. An antigen test is usually used to diagnose this infection.
  • Bacteria in Dogs. Such as Clostridium perfringens, E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Spirochetes. This can be challenging as pets may carry these bacteria without having them cause clinical disease.
  • Inappropriate Ingestion. Let’s face it, dogs eat anything from other animals’ feces to grass trimmings and garbage. This is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in dogs.

It’s important to see a veterinarian if the diarrhea lasts more than 24 hours. Some cases could indicate a serious condition which must be treated immediately.

 

Thanks to Ceasar’s Way for providing much of this information.

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