Dog First Aid – Diarrhea

Because diarrhea is a common disorder of dogs, dog owners would know what first aid methods can be used to stop the pet from passing soft stool. Dogs may succumb to diarrhea several times in its lifetime without showing ill effects thus dog owners are not really concerned with the pet’s condition. After passing soft stool for a few days, the dog’s diarrhea would be resolved even if the owner has not administered any treatment. Passing watery unformed stools is the typical symptom of diarrhea. Although the stool is soft and watery, the dog will be seen straining to defecate and oftentimes may not be able to defecate but only pass gas. The watery stool would have a different color and very bad odor. The dog’s defecation abnormality can be chronic or acute. Acute diarrhea is not a disease but the result of the dog’s dietary indiscretion. Dogs have this habit of ingesting anything that would fit into their mouths. Upset stomach and passing loose stools would result from the dog’s propensity to ingest not only spoiled food but also inedible objects. The frequent passing of loose stool is actually the body’s way of removing substances in the stomach that are not supposed to be ingested by the dog. Acute diarrhea is usually not a serious concern and commonly resolved even without being treated but chronic diarrhea is another matter as this concern can result to the death of the dog if treatment is not administered. Chronic diarrhea can be an indication of the dog’s underlying concern. This digestive disorder can be caused by parasite infestation, viral and bacterial infection and by other canine diseases. Diarrhea, whether acute or chronic have to be addressed as this disorder would result to loss of essential nutrients that could have been used by the dog’s body. Weakness of the dog and susceptibility to other canine diseases are possible outcomes of diarrhea that is allowed to progress. Recurring diarrhea can result to another life threatening condition – dehydration. Letting the stomach rest is the common first aid for diarrhea. Owners would stop feeding the pet. Adult dogs will not be given food for 24 hours. Water is not given to the dog as well. For puppies, food should not be given for 12 hours but the owner should ensure that water is available. After the fasting, bland food like boiled rice and chicken can be given to the pet. This first aid treatment should stop the dog’s diarrhea but of the frequent passing of soft stool persists, the pet must be rushed to the vet’s for medical treatment. More about diarrhea and first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.

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