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It’s a stinkin’ mess! There really is no “PC” way to describe diarrhea in dogs. Diarrhea in dogs presents in a very similar manner as it does in humans, with frequent elimination and loose, watery or even liquid stools. Your dog may also feel weak and lethargic and not interested in eating much. The good news is that most cases of doggie diarrhea are not serious. Obviously, if you notice blood in the stool or your dog has other symptoms, such as vomiting or fever, seek immediate care from a veterinarian. Likewise, if your dog’s condition doesn’t improve in a day or so. Otherwise, the condition usually resolves itself. It’s important to monitor your dog’s diet while he recovers and make sure he drinks plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration.

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1. Eating “Bad” Food

This is the most frequent cause of diarrhea in dogs. Dogs are scavengers by nature and as you well know, will literally “eat anything.” Your dog most likely ate spoiled food, garbage, another dog’s feces or some other contaminated matter that irritated his GI tract. The actual veterinary term for this is garbage toxicosis. Monitor your dog’s diet carefully. It may be necessary to withhold solid food for a few days and make sure he drinks enough water. Otherwise, feed him bland foods like chicken broth and rice and when your fur baby is feeling better, you can begin reintroducing his regular diet.

 

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