What to do if your dog has diarrhea

Helene Aspgren

Diarrhea in dogs is not only unpleasant for your four-legged friend, but it can also be caused by a variety of reasons, from dietary changes to more serious health conditions. Here we go through how you, as a dog owner, can best handle the situation and ensure that your dog receives the care it needs.

Causes of diarrhea in dogs

  1. Food-related causes: It can be the result of eating something inappropriate, a sudden change in diet or an allergic reaction to a certain food.
  2. Parasites: For example, tapeworms, hookworms or roundworms can cause digestive problems.
  3. Infections: Bacterial or viral infections can lead to diarrhea.
  4. Other diseases: Diseases such as pancreatitis, liver diseases or inflammatory bowel diseases can cause diarrhoea.

Actions when your dog has diarrhea

  1. Note: Before taking action, note how long your dog has had diarrhea, the color and consistency of the stool, and if there is anything unusual or concerning about it.
  2. Dietary changes: Give your dog a bland diet. For example, cook rice with chicken, which can help strengthen its stomach.
  3. Hydration: Make sure your dog has constant access to clean water. Diarrhea can cause dehydration quickly.
  4. Avoid self-medication: Do not give your dog any medication without first consulting a veterinarian.
  5. Consult a veterinarian: If the diarrhea is persistent or accompanied by other symptoms such as vomiting or lethargy, contact a veterinarian immediately.


  1. Controlled diet: Stick to a quality food and avoid sudden changes in your dog's diet.
  2. Prevent eating inappropriate items: Supervise your dog during walks and playtimes to prevent it from eating inappropriate items.
  3. Regular vet visits: Keep your dog up to date with vaccinations and regular health checks.

In conclusion, it is important to act quickly if your dog shows signs of diarrhea. With the right knowledge and quick action, you can minimize the discomfort for your dog and ensure that it receives the best possible care. Always have your pet's best interests in mind and when in doubt, consult an expert.

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