Most dog owners think of diarrhea as a messy nuisance, and then put it out of their thoughts as quickly as possible.
But in order to avoid unpleasant clean-ups, its best to know a little more about the causes of this common problem. And in some cases, dog diarrhea is a symptom of a much more serious underlying condition. The better informed you are, the more likely it is that you will know exactly how to react when faced with dog diarrhea.
Dog Diarrhea Causes
Dog diarrhea may be caused by an inflammation of the small intestine, the large intestine, or both. The potential causes of this inflammation span the gamut from dietary indiscretions to life-threatening problems requiring immediate treatment.
Thats why it makes sense to think of dog diarrhea as a symptom rather than an illness in and of itself.
In Dog Diarrhea Causes, I explain the differences between acute and chronic diarrhea as well as how to distinguish between small intestine and large intestine diarrhea, as your dogs symptoms provide clues to the location of the inflammation. You will also find an extensive discussion of the most common causes of the acute and chronic forms of dog diarrhea.
Dog Diarrhea Treatment
Most instances of dog diarrhea involve the acute, uncomplicated form of the ailment. Perhaps you switched to a new dog food too quickly or your dog raided the garbage, and now you are dealing with a case of acute dog diarrhea.
Fortunately theres no need to call your vet every time your dog is having loose bowel movements.
Most cases of acute dog diarrhea can be treated at home and Dog Diarrhea Treatment explains how to do just that.
From liquid fasts and bland diets to herbs and supplements, you will learn how to take care of your dogs diarrhea at home. I also provide a list of symptoms indicating that your dogs diarrhea may be more than a minor gastrointestinal disturbance, so you will know when its time to call your vet.
Dog Food Fot Dog Diarrhea
There is no such thing as one dog food that is right for every case of dog diarrhea.
Dog Food For Dog Diarrhea examines dietary options for dogs with chronic diarrhea resulting from IBD and other gastrointestinal disorders.
What should a dog food for dogs with chronic diarrhea consist of? How do dietary recommendations differ for large intestine versus small intestine diarrhea? What types of solutions are available for dogs with difficulty absorbing fats? Should dogs with chronic diarrhea eat high protein or low protein diets? What about carbohydrates, grains, and starch digestion? When are high fiber versus low fiber diets indicated?
These are just a few of the issues I will address. I will also examine the different types of prescription diets available for dogs with gastrointestinal disorders, and I will briefly discuss how to select a commercial dog food or prepare a homemade diet for a dog with chronic diarrhea.