Top Causes of Dog Diarrhea
Many things can disrupt this well-balanced system, causing diarrhea or, less frequently, constipation. Some things, like eating too much grass, are not serious at all. Others can be a sign of a life-threatening problem, such as an indigestible object (like a rock) lodged in the stomach, or a disease like cancer.
There are many reasons why a dog may develop loose stools, but most cases may be attributed to one of these 12 triggers:
1. Dietary indiscretion: Eating too much, eating garbage, or spoiled food. There’s actually a name for it in veterinary circles—“garbage toxicosis” or “garbage gut.”
2. Change in diet: It may take a few days for a dog’s digestive system to adapt to new proteins. That’s why many dog-food manufacturers recommend that you go slow when you switch from one brand of food to another.
Read also: Routine health care for dogs
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3. Food intolerance
5. Parasites: Most of these will cause illness in puppies or in adults with weak immune systems:
6. Poisonous substances or plants
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7. Swallowing an indigestible foreign body, like a toy or socks
8. Infections with common viruses such as:
12. Bacterial infections, such as salmonella
Illnesses, such as kidney and liver disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer
Antibiotics and other medications
Stress or emotional upset
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