puppy diarrhea

Puppy Diarrhea

How to Deal With Puppy Diarrhea

People who have puppies will sooner or later have to deal with puppy diarrhea. Diarrhea is the abnormal and often frequent passage of loose stools. It might be a scary experience, depending on how loose your puppy’s stool is and how frequently your puppy is moving its bowels. There is no need to panic. Diarrhea is a symptom of a number of medical factors, some of which are temporary and most of which are successfully treatable. Know what to look for to better identify the cause of your puppy’s diarrhea.

When dealing with puppy diarrhea, the first thing to do is to examine the diarrhea’s characteristics. You can make educated guesses about what is causing your puppy to have loose bowel movements by taking note of the diarrhea’s color, consistency, smell and frequency. Based on your findings, you might decide to try to treat the puppy diarrhea with a bland diet before resorting to taking it to the veterinarian. Keep in mind that no matter what is causing your puppy’s diarrhea, if it continues for more than 24 hours or worsens in any way, you must consult a veterinarian to ensure your puppy is treated.

Characteristics of Puppy Diarrhea

Causes of Puppy Diarrhea

Treating Puppy Diarrhea

Once you examine diarrhea’s characteristics, note its frequency and attempt to determine the cause, you may attempt to treat it at home. Ideally, you should call your veterinarian and discuss with him or her your puppy’s condition and the course of action you plan on following.

Withhold all food for 24 hours for puppies that are 8 weeks or older. Withhold all food for no more than 12 hours if they are younger than 8 weeks, or their blood sugar will drop to dangerously low levels. To prevent your puppy from becoming dehydrated, make sure to give it small amounts of ice water often throughout the day. Drinking more than ¼ cup at a time may make your puppy move its bowels again. Speak to your puppy’s veterinarian first before giving it anything intended for human consumption, such as Pedialyte.

After the 24-hour period, if your puppy’s diarrhea has improved or gone away, start him on a bland diet or boiled chicken and cooked rice (no salt or oil). Give your puppy small amounts of food at a time, splitting it into six meals throughout the day so its stomach gets used to it. Your puppy’s stool will start to firm up if it is responding well to the bland diet. Once your puppy’s stool is normal again, begin adding a small amount of his regular food into the chicken and rice. Start increasing the ratio of dog food to bland food throughout a seven-day period until your puppy is back on its dog food only.

Remember that if in 24 hours, your puppy still has diarrhea, or if within the first 24 hours the severity and frequency increase, you must take it to a veterinarian immediately, and don’t forget to take a stool sample with you.