3 Reasons Your Dog Has Diarrhoea

Nothing makes a pet owner rise from their bed more quickly in the middle of the night than the unmistakable sound—and smell—of their dog having diarrhoea. While this occurrence may prompt you to turn to Google for middle-of-the-night relief for your dog, understanding the possible causes will lead to the most effective treatment. Here are three of the most common reasons dogs develop diarrhoea.

#1: Dietary indiscretion

Dietary indiscretion is fancy terminology for saying your dog ate something they shouldn’t have. Whether your pooch got into the cat food or ate half of your child’s Lego collection, dietary indiscretion can lead to a serious case of diarrhoea. In addition, dietary indiscretion-induced diarrhoea often is paired with vomiting, especially if whatever your dog ate caused an intestinal blockage. In some instances, your dog’s gastrointestinal tract may settle down on its own, but more serious cases require veterinary treatment. 

#2: Intestinal parasites

Dogs can pick up intestinal parasites from a variety of places, including the local dog park, a trip to the lake, or your own backyard. Intestinal parasites are most commonly transmitted via contact with infective feces or contaminated surfaces, but your dog also can contract them from aquatic life. Intestinal parasites are notorious for causing diarrhoea, and your dog also may have blood or mucus in their loose stool. Many intestinal parasites also can be transmitted to people, so use caution and good hygiene when cleaning up after your dog’s diarrhoea episodes until you know the cause of the problem.

#3: Organ dysfunction

Dogs with organ disease commonly develop diarrhoea as an additional health concern. Pancreatitis, kidney disease, liver disease, and other conditions can interfere with proper gastrointestinal function and may cause diarrhoea. If your dog has a chronic condition, they can experience recurring diarrhoea.

Although a bout or two of diarrhoea may resolve on its own, do not let a case go on for too long, as chronic diarrhoea can lead to systemic problemsSchedule an appointment with our team to resolve your dog’s diarrhoea.