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My Puppy Has Diarrhea, What Should I Do?

September 22, 2021

If you own a dog, you must be well versed with all of the common diseases that they could have. One of these is diarrhoea, which can be a recurrent issue for puppies. Although mild cases of diarrhea can be treated at home easily, the more severe causes of diarrhea could be fatal for your dog. Hence, it is necessary to notice the symptoms and immediately consult a veterinarian. In many cases, diarrhea can point to conditions that are life-threatening for puppies. 

Why do puppies get diarrhea?

  • Viruses and Infections: When your puppy is very young, its immune system is not entirely developed and this means that they are much more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. Parvovirus and distemper virus can cause diarrhea in small puppies. In many cases, there's a good chance that you'll notice additional symptoms like fever, lethargy, and lack of appetite.
  • Parasites: When a pup is born, it may naturally acquire some intestinal parasites  from its mother. Examples of these are roundworms and giardia. In most cases, they pick these parasites from groundwater when they are roaming outside the house. However, these parasites can usually be treated easily with some specific medicines. If not treated, diarrhea in puppies can indeed be life threatening.
  • Diet: Most puppies do not have a developed digestive system in their early days. Hence, they may face difficulty in completely digesting some kinds of food. In fact, they will also respond poorly to a quick change in diet. Additionally, puppies are pretty curious about different foods and may ingest almost anything they find interesting. As a dog owner, you must be observant as to what your pup is eating daily.
  • Stress: Stress can be a possible cause of diarrhea in puppies. They might feel stressed from a change of environment (e.g. pet shop to home) or owners. You can help your puppy overcome stress by coming up with a routine, and keeping the environment stress-free. Regular feedings and exercise are also necessary aspects to keep your pup stress-free. Furthermore, they crave attention, so give them lots of love daily.

How to treat puppy diarrhea

Although milder cases of diarrhea can be easily treated at home, it's always better to consult a vet. If your puppy is still feeling well but has diarrhea, home remedies or over-the-counter pet shop remedies may potentially work. Moreover, you must ensure that water is always available for your pup. Dehydration is a common occurrence in puppies. If your puppy is reluctant to drink, offer it ice cubes to lick so that some amount of hydration is there.

Probiotics can sometimes help. Additionally, changing their diet into something bland is also advised widely by veterinarians. A bland diet is easier for a unhappy digestive tract to digest. In the case that your puppy is feeling lethargic or it’s vomiting, consult the vet immediately. 

This article is endorsed by perrovets’ vet, Dr James Blanshard.

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