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Tips for Dog Diarrhea Treatment and Prevention

Dog diarrhea treatment has a lot to do with the actual cause of the diarrhea, which can vary a lot. If the problem is caused by food, then the solution is to switch to a new dog food. If your dog has ingested a poison, then you may need to purge her intestines (which is something best done by a professional vet). If the problem is caused by an infection or parasites, then medical treatment is the way to solve the problem. As you may have already guessed, treating diarrhea in dogs may be up to your vet more than you personally, but there are still actions you can take to look after your dog when she's sick and make sure she gets the treatment she needs.


Caring for a Dog with Diarrhea

Dog diarrhea treatment: The first thing you should do for dog diarrhea treatment is cut off your dog's food supply for 24 hours and provide an unlimited supply of water. This will help your dog stay hydrated, which is important considering that diarrhea leads to a huge loss of fluids. It will also give the dog's intestines a rest. After 24 hours, you can start feeding her again on a natural diet – put any commercial dog food aside for now, and feed her some quality food like rice and minced beef. The main thing is to ensure your dog is getting plenty of fiber, which helps create solid stools. Start with small portions.

If the diarrhea doesn't resume, you can slowly switch back to the dog's normal food – but if this causes another outbreak, you can then safely assume that the dog food itself is the cause of the problem.

When to Call the Vet

When home dog diarrhea treatment is not advised: In many cases you can treat diarrhea without having to get the vet involved, but there are certain scenarios where treating diarrhea in dogs must be handled by a professional.

A few things that should indicate you need to call the vet immediately include:

  • blood in the diarrhea or appears black or tarry
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • loss of energy
  • diarrhea persists for more than a day

These are also symptoms of Parvo and other serious illness and if your dog is displaying any of these symptoms there's a good chance her problem requires veterinary treatment and delaying calling the vet is only putting her in danger.

Preventing Future Outbreaks

Once you've solved your dog's diarrhea problem, either through home treatment, a diet change or medication from the vet, the next step is to try to avoiding having it happen all over again.

One way to do this is to be extra careful about the kinds of chemicals you leave lying around in your house or garage. Low-lying cleaning products have been responsible for many bouts of diarrhea.

The same goes for monitoring what your dog eats. Make sure no one in your family is feeding the dog table scraps she shouldn't be eating. Often kids like to feed dogs 'human food,' not realizing that a food the child finds delicious might actually be harmful to the dog.

Note: Dog vomiting and dog diarrhea have been treated successfully with natural products from companies like Vitality Science. Since these conditions (as well as many others) can arise from nutritional issues they offer a free ebook you can download called The Only Dietary Guide You or Your Pets Will Ever Need.

>> See Also: Diarrhea in Dogs

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