Reasons That Can Cause Diarrhea in Dogs
Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night to the unmistakable sound—and smell—of your dog having diarrhea. As a dog owner, understanding the possible causes will lead to the most effective treatment. Here are three of the most common reasons dogs develop diarrhea.
#1: Intestinal parasites
Dogs can pick up intestinal parasites from a variety of places, including the local dog park, a trip to the lake, or your own backyard. Intestinal parasites are most commonly transmitted via contact with infective feces or contaminated surfaces, but your dog also can contract them from aquatic life. Intestinal parasites are notorious for causing diarrhea, and your dog also may have blood or mucus in their loose stool. Many intestinal parasites also can be transmitted to people, so use caution and good hygiene when cleaning up after your dog’s diarrhea episodes until you know the cause of the problem.
#2: Organ dysfunction
Dogs with organ disease commonly develop diarrhea as an additional health concern. Pancreatitis, kidney disease, liver disease, and other conditions can interfere with proper gastrointestinal function and may cause diarrhea. If your dog has a chronic condition, they can experience recurring diarrhea.
#3: Dietary indiscretion
Dietary indiscretion is fancy terminology for saying your dog ate something they shouldn’t have. Whether your pooch got into the cat food or ate half of your child’s Lego collection, dietary indiscretion can lead to a serious case of diarrhea. In addition, dietary indiscretion-induced diarrhea often is paired with vomiting, especially if whatever your dog ate caused an intestinal blockage. In some instances, your dog’s gastrointestinal tract may settle down on its own, but more serious cases require veterinary treatment.
Although a bout or two of diarrhea may resolve on its own, do not let a case go on for too long, as chronic diarrhea can lead to systemic problems. Schedule an appointment with our team to resolve your dog’s diarrhea.