Diarrhea is a relatively common symptom that affects most animal species, including dogs. The causes of diarrhea in dogs are similar to those in humans: changes in diet, eating spoiled food, infections, and parasites are common causes of diarrhea dogs encounter. Normally, diarrhea will subside itself but in some cases pet owners will seek pet medication or other treatments for diarrhea. Furthermore, since diarrhea is also often associated with other concerning symptoms like lethargy, vomiting, and dehydration, it is important to take diarrhea dog treatment seriously.
First of all, dogs with diarrhea need to drink plenty of water because dehydration is a common and serious result of diarrhea. Moreover, if you have noticed your dog has had diarrhea for several hours, you may want to withhold food for 24 hours to let his digestive system work out the problems. Pet owners will also want to avoid feeding dogs with diarrhea any human food or table scraps as these may well have been the cause of the diarrhea in the first place.
After the first 24 hours has passed, start introducing food gradually to see if the diarrhea has stopped. You will want to start with about half of your dog’s normal food portions and stick with more bland foods like unseasoned, boiled hamburger and white rice or oatmeal. Eventually, you should notice an improvement in your dog’s bowel movements and you can start introducing him to his typical diet.
While diarrhea on its own is not necessarily a major concern, if you notice that your dog is demonstrating other symptoms like vomiting or if your dog’s diarrhea does not pass, visit a veterinarian immediately. In extreme cases, your vet may recommend animal prescription drugs to treat the diarrhea or the diarrhea may actually be a symptom of a more serious illness.