What to do in a dog with diarrhea
Every dog ??has diarrhea. Diarrhea can be a natural body reaction to remove something that does not belong in the (dog) body.
Giving diarrhea inhibitors (like Imodium) can delay the recovery of infectious diarrhea.
Make sure your dog drinks
In diarrhea your dog loses a lot of water and salts. As long as your dog drinks enough, that does not have to be a problem.
The infusion is necessary as your dog
-takes little drink
-the drinking outbreak
-plastic mucous membranes
-a bad skin elasticity (turgor)
Make sure your dog eats
Unlike what is often advised, it is wise that your dog continues to eat diarrhea.
The body needs the absorbed nutrients!
Often the dog feels better if you feed him several times a day.
What your dog eats is less important than eating your dog, as long as the food does not contain pathogens (better not to eat unheated meat).
If your dog keeps drinking but does not eat, you can give electrolyte drinks
Electrolyte drinks are drinks with salts, which are good against dehydration. Compare it with sports drinks.
Let your dog out often enough
Nothing is more annoying than your dog poops in the house, but sometimes an animal is in great need. It is nice if your dog can go outside at that moment.
- The stool becomes slightly firmer, your pet has less pressure.
- This kind of means does not provide a faster recovery, but for more comfort of the patient and the owner.
Clean up the stool of your dog. Keep other dogs away
- Diarrhea can have an infectious cause: a virus or a parasite (roundworm, Giardia, spectacle box yeast, coccidiosis).
- Clean up the stools of your dog, if at all possible.
- Other dogs can become ill through the stool of your dog.
Think about your own health
- Usually, infectious diarrhea is species-specific.
- The chance that you will get sick of your dog is not big.
Some diarrhea generators do occur in humans and animals. Examples are Salmonella and Campylobacter, the main causes of food poisoning in humans.
-Wash your hands thoroughly after helping your dog.
-Dry your hands on a clean towel.
-Wash the towel at 60 degrees Celsius.
Make an appointment with your vet
if your dog:
-Fever has (more than 39.5 degrees Celsius)
-Water and / or food broke out
-Blood on the stool
-Expanded (sticky mucous membranes or skin fold that does not immediately expire)
-The problems last longer than 3 weeks (see below).
-The problems return regularly (see below).
– Also puppies with diarrhea deserve extra attention
If you have more dogs, we advise you to consult with a veterinarian about hygiene measures.
At the Medical Center for Animals, pets are monitored 24 hours a day.
Chronic or recurrent diarrhea
Has your dog been diarrhea for more than 3 weeks?
Does the diarrhea always return?
The chance is small that:
– the problems will pass automatically.
-a short cure with medication.
Before starting a long-term treatment, it is advisable to find out exactly what is going on.
-Relevant blood test.
-Antomamination study on parasites (a culture on bacteria generally has no added value).
-An elimination diet.