Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs

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Diarrhea in dogs can be caused by a number of viruses, colitis or by eating people food. Discover how abrupt food changes can give a dog diarrhea with help from a staff veterinarian in this free video on dog health and pet care.

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Let's talk about causes of diarrhea in dogs. There are many causes, and therefore, getting a diagnosis from your veterinarian is going to be the...of utmost importance. Now, what are some of the causes? Well, you can see viral causes like Parvo virus, or Corona virus. You usually see that in puppies that aren't vaccinated. Vomiting can go along with that, as well. The diarrhea is a major component. You can also see dogs that get trashitis, and that is just dogs who get into the trash, and so that can cause diarrhea. Colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, can cause diarrhea as well. And you can see that from stress. You can see that from eating a food, or a new food change abruptly. Probably one of the most common causes we see of diarrhea is, basically, getting people food. And so dogs aren't adapted at eating different people food, especially when we use much more salty or fatty foods than they would normally eat. And so those are common things, as well. In puppies, especially, we see a lot of diarrhea from parasites, like coccicidia, roundworms, hookworms, things like...of that nature. So there are multiple parasites that can do it. And so, viral, bacterial, parasitic, and allergies, like to food allergies. Things like that. You can have dogs that eat things, that they could have, like I say, beef protein they could be allergic to that are going to cause chronic diarrhea. You can also see things like mal-absorption syndrome, where the animal is not producing enough enzymes to digest the food. So again, there are many, many causes of diarrhea that you need to get diagnosed first at your veterinary clinic, so they can tell you the appropriate way to deal with it and how to treat it.


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