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Diarrhea is a common problem in dogs, mostly because they will put almost anything in their mouth. It can also be caused by more serious problems, which requires close attention, especially if it occurs frequently.
Loose stools are, of course, the main indicator of diarrhea. The intestinal problems may also be accompanied by vomiting.
Though disease and infection can cause diarrhea, it is often due to scavenging activities, such as eating table scraps and swallowing of small objects, or sudden changes in diet.
If the dog is not vomiting:
If the dog is vomiting mildly:
If your dog suffers from diarrhea frequently or the attack is severe, have a vet check for possible food allergies, intestinal parasite, bacterial infection, malabsorption conditions, tumors, and metabolic problems. The diagnosis can sometimes be easily confirmed with a fecal exam; other times it can be challenging and require different procedures such as abdominal ultrasound and colonoscopy.
There are several ways to reduce the occurrence of diarrhea in dogs:
The impairment of nutrient intake into the intestines
A medical condition in which the body has lost fluid or water in excessive amounts