All dog owners only wish the best for their dogs. A good dog owner will do everything to keep his beloved four-legged companion healthy and happy throughout its short lifetime. In the case of puppies, they need more attention and care. And sometimes owners tend to be extra protective and careful when it comes to their dog. Let’s say that you are a proud owner of a cute puppy, and one day you woke up seeing your pup very weak and uncontrollably pooping on its bedding. What are you going to do?
Well, just like in humans, diarrhea is common in dogs, and it can be caused by a lot of things. Diarrhea in dogs can be either mild or severe. Mild diarrhea can be curable with basic home medication or sometimes altering the pup’s diet. While the severe ones are a more serious illness. It needs a specific medical prescription given by your vet. And sometimes a trip to the vet for a more thorough checkup and diagnosis is essential to know the real cause of diarrhea.
Common Causes of Diarrhea in Puppies
There are a lot of things that cause diarrhea in dogs, especially in puppies. A sudden change in their diet is usually one of the causes of mild diarrhea. Especially when transitioning from breastfeeding to dog food. Swallowing foreign objects – mostly garbage or rotten food can also be a common cause. Usually incorporated with severe vomiting, dehydration and little to no appetite. Even stress also of frequent travel and coming to a new environment can be a factor to prompt loose bowel movement.
Severe diarrhea can be caused by bacteria, viruses or intestinal worms. Such as E. Coli, Salmonella, Parvovirus, canine distemper or tapeworms. This kind of diarrhea is usually accompanied by other symptoms such as bloody stools, fever, severe dehydration, vomiting, and rapid weight loss. If this kind of diarrhea is left untreated, this will cause severe malnutrition, low immunity to other more severe diseases, and death.
It Must Not Be Left Untreated
As an owner, it is our responsibility to know its cause and to provide proper medication and care if our puppies contracted this disease. It is also important that even if it is mild diarrhea, but your dog already has a pre-existing health condition, call your veterinarian for a thorough diagnosis of the disease. Mild diarrhea can be treated by changing their diet and increasing their water intake. Proper medication and prescription can stop diarrhea in a couple of days.
If you see symptoms such as blood in their stool, discomfort, dehydration, and lethargy, a need for immediate medical attention is a must. You need to call your vet or rush your dog to the nearest pet hospital for treatment. Same goes if you suspect that your pet may have ingested something that they should not eat. Like a fragment of their toys or garbage.
Knowing your pet that they have diarrhea is a serious matter. For sometimes more serious diseases such as canine distemper or Parvovirus have diarrhea as one of their most common symptoms. Proper care and attention are needed to ensure that this disease won’t become fatal if left unchecked. Usually, it takes a couple of days for your pup’s situation to normalize, but with your proper care and attention, you can eliminate the risk of a more serious, or even deadlier disease that may end your four-legged best friend’s life.