When should you take a dog with diarrhea to the vet?
Rushing your pet to a veterinarian may not be necessary, but you should at least phone your veterinarian to notify them of your dog’s problem immediately. Providing information such as your dogs age, vaccine history and lifestyle can help your veterinarian provide you with personalized advice.
Common intestinal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, Giardia and coccicia. All of these can be detected through routine screening of a stool sample, so it’s often critically important that you bring a stool sample with you to every dog diarrhea appointment. Not all these parasites can be seen by the naked eye.
Parvo is a very contagious viral diarrhea of young, unvaccinated puppies. Parvovirus attacks rapidly dividing cells like those that line the intestines and those that fight infections. So not only does parvo cause severe bloody dog diarrhea it also makes puppies susceptible to bacterial infection. Dog diarrhea caused by parvo is often profound and debilitating, requiring intensive care
A few episodes of diarrhea can be due to Stress, be it from anxiety, or too much excitement, change in diet, food poisoning, including Salmonella and E. coli in dogs. Make sure that your pet continues to drink water.
Bland diet – this is where you can really help at home! Most veterinarians will recommend a very common bland diet, consisting of cooked rice, and a fat free protein like fat free cottage cheese, or cooked skinless boneless chicken breast, or boiled 95% fat free ground beef.
DO NOT FEED BLAND DIET FOR MORE THAN 48 hours without a veterinary consultation, since ongoing diarrhea can lead to dehydration.
Take your diarrhea dog to the vet immediately if…
- Your dog is otherwise happy and tail wagging, but diarrhea continues more than 48 hours.
- Your dog acts sick along with the diarrhea – lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting
- There is more than a few spots of blood (some dogs will pass a few drops of blood from straining that aren’t a big deal – use common sense and your best judgement here)
- Your dog has a fever (normal body temperature is up to 102.5F)
If your furry friend is having diarrhea,
please call us at Agape Animal Clinic (480-354-9635) and we will guide you.