Diarrhea is a self-purification mechanism of an animal’s body. Normally, a one-time manifestation has no threat, but prolonged diarrhea is fraught with serious dehydration. In addition, the process itself is tedious and debilitating to a dog.
The pet also feels extremely uncomfortable, and since it cannot hold the process back, and is not accustomed to such embarrassment, it immediately gets nervous and expects punishment. It is important to be able to determine a possible cause of a diarrhea to help the veterinarian promptly make a correct diagnosis or begin an adequate home treatment.
Diarrhea in Case of Intoxication
Indeed, intoxication is the most common cause of diarrhea in dogs. In this manner animal’s stomach cleans itself from consumed spoiled food. However, this may not be enough. This be the case, nausea, chills, and general weakness are to be expected. Diarrhea would not stop and the animal dehydrates more and more and loses vital microelements. For proper treatment, it is consequential to determine what exactly has brought these symptoms. Was it an expired product, some household chemicals or food residues picked up on the street?
Depending on how severe the intoxication is, the dog may need an intravenous rehydration and a course of injections. Therefore, if you cannot determine the cause and the pet can no longer rise, seems to be exhausted by repeated stomach cramps and urges to either defecation or vomiting with foamy masses, you need to go to the vet as soon as may be. By means of a temporary relief you may opt for some Enterosgel. In the veterinary clinic the pet will be prescribed a blood test to determine the toxin and the degree of damage done to the body.
Can Dietary Changes Cause Liquid Stool?
There is a common perception that green diarrhea in dogs is exclusively due to a mild stomach upset resulting from recent dietary changes. In fact, it is also characteristic of infectious diseases. This particular color is accompanied by problems associated with disrupted fermentation in the stomach.
It can indeed occur with a dramatic change in usual menu, when the digestive system is unable to cope with the newly introduced product. In animals, digestive system works on the habitual basis, adapting itself to one the same feeding. Therefore, any change to a different type of food should be done as smoothly as possible, by gradual admixing larger portions of a new ingredient to the habitual dish. The exceptions for an abrupt change in pet’s menu are only permissible for hypoallergenic or intensively therapeutic cases, which should be prescribed by a veterinarian.
When Should I Go to the Vet Immediately?
If there is blood-streaked liquid stool observed in a dog after a fight or accidental injury, it is a very dangerous indicator. This suggests internal bleeding, hematomas, and likely ruptures. You cannot cope with it at home in any possible way. In the veterinary clinic, they will first conduct an examination, do an ultrasound. Anyway, it is almost certainly the pet will need surgery. Moreover, a dangerous symptom of blood-streaked liquid stool can manifest itself not immediately, but after a couple of days after the injury. Therefore, an animal that has had a bad fall or a fight injury should be brought for inspection to prevent a potentially lethal situation with internal ruptures.
Blood-streaked liquid stool is also associated with some diseases of the stomach, which are accompanied by erosions and ulcers. Their adequate treatment has to be prescribed by a veterinarian, and in many ways it will be based on a strict diet. Medicines in this case will be used only at the initial stage in order to restore the surface of the gastrointestinal mucosa as much as possible.
Another cause of blood-streaked liquid stool is a foreign body in the stomach. For the body, it is a similar irritant to that of a spoiled food; therefore the reaction is very similar. Initially, the dog vomits the contents of its stomach, but if it does not help to get the consumed item out of the system, more things than mere intoxication begin. It is also possible that the foreign item will damage the walls of the stomach – and therefore the blood. If the pet eats normally, did not get injured and did not pick up anything on the street, but still dog has a non-stop diarrhea for two days in a row especially when accompanied by vomiting, you need to inspect the house to check if the dog has consumed some kind of small toy. In any case, do be sure to contact a veterinarian as soon as may be.
An occasional unformed stool in a dog, when switching to a new diet or getting treats in larger quantities than usual, is a normal phenomenon. If the problem has not recurred, there is no need for concern. But a prolonged yellow diarrhea in a dog, accompanied by increased body temperature and violent vomiting is not a common condition, but a specific symptom of a enteropathy. Diagnosis should be determined as soon as possible by a veterinarian after a series of necessary tests.