First, if we look at why puppies get diarrhea, the causes are very similar to the ones we identified above with older dogs. The most common reasons specific to puppies are parasites, dietary indiscretion, and ingestion of non-digestible objects. Here is a good article just about Puppy Diarrhea.
When it comes to diarrhea in puppies, it is important to know how to treat it and what’s safe for puppies. The bland food recommendations and medications used in adult dogs can also be used in puppies. The very safest thing you can do when it comes to puppies is to see your vet. Because they are young and don’t have the full immune system of a healthy adult, it is extremely important to find the underlying cause.
Many clients ask “how to identify bigger issues” associated with diarrhea in puppies. The big things are if your puppy is lethargic, also vomiting, and/or you notice blood in the stool. If this happens, you really should see your vet as soon as possible. Many puppies are lethargic from dehydration or from a low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that can be a medical emergency. For more information about a low blood sugar – please read Hypoglycemia in Dogs.
We hope this article helps you better understand important facts about diarrhea in dogs including how to treat diarrhea in dogs, what to feed a dog with diarrhea, types of dog diarrhea medicine that will help your dog recover, and tips to treat diarrhea in puppies.