Diarrhoea in Dogs: What Can I Do About It?

Just like us, dogs can get upset stomachs from time to time too. Learn how you can help manage your dog's diarrhoea and when you need to go to see your vet.

What are the common causes of diarrhoea in dogs? 

There are many possible reasons your dog may have diarrhoea. Some common causes include:  

  • Ingestion of spoiled food or inedible objects
  • Changes in diet
  • Toxins
  • Infection
  • Parasites
  • Stress
  • Metabolic diseases  

Diarrhoea in dogs may sometimes indicate a more serious health problem. Signs may include 

  • Loss of appetite or thirst 
  • Blood in the stool
  • Associated vomiting
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Lethargy 


What can I do while I wait for my vet appointment? 

If possible, don’t feed your dog any more food until you have spoken to a vet. Try to keep your dog calm and comfortable, with access to plenty of clean water. Take care to wash your hands thoroughly after handling your dog, as there are some causes of diarrhoea which can affect humans too.  


What can I can do to prepare for the appointment? 

Your vet will ask you a series of questions to help them diagnose the cause of the diarrhoea. These may include:   

  • Does the diarrhoea occur in small amounts occasionally or large amounts all at once? This can help your vet determine which area of the gut is causing the diarrhoea. 
  • Have there been any changes in diet, environment or overall routine? The most common cause of diarrhoea is a new food or treat and occasionally stress. 
  • Has your dog had access to toxins? Some common dog toxins include chocolate, grapes, and ibuprofen.  

To help your vet reach a diagnosis, its a good idea to bring a stool sample with you. This way, the vet can observe the appearance of the stool and may also take a sample for testing. If you are noticing any changes in stools, you could bring a few pictures along so the vet can look at these changes. 

If you want to know more about what to expect when you go to the vets, read our blog here. 


What steps might the vet take? 

In many cases, the underlying cause for diarrhoea is self-resolving and your vet can treat the symptoms, such as providing probiotics, wormers, or medication to ease discomfort.

However, sometimes the reason for diarrhoea in dogs may be more sinister. If they are more concerned, they may want to administer fluids to combat dehydration. They may even want to take a blood sample for testing, especially if the initial treatments had no effect. 


What can I do to prevent this from happening again? 

You can’t always prevent illness however you can ask your vet about which medications and foods are toxic to dogs, so you know what to avoid. You can also make sure you are de-worming your dog every 6 to 12 months. Making sure their diet is consistent and healthy, and they have access to clean water is important in helping to look after your pet’s digestive health. 

We understand that seeing diarrhoea can be worrying. Tracking their activity is also a helpful way to spot any signs that they’re not feeling themselves before it reaches a point where they show symptoms such as diarrhoea. You can do this with pet activity monitor, Felcana Go 

Felcana Go is a lightweight device that works by attaching to your pet’s collar and syncing to the Felcana mobile app. It monitors a pet’s calorie expenditure, activity and rest patterns so pet owners can more precisely track their pet’s movements to keep them fit and healthy. It is also an effective way to monitor a pet’s recovery after surgery or a recent illness. Pet owners can share insights generated by Felcana Go with their vet, so they can uncover subtle signs of illness that might otherwise be missed and recommend targeted treatment plans for existing health conditions.


Has your dog had a case of the tummy upsets before? Let us know in the comments below! 

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