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Top Causes of Dog Diarrhea

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:

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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

3. Food intolerance

4. Allergies

5. Parasites: Most of these will cause illness in puppies or in adults with weak immune systems:

Roundworms

Hookworms

Whipworms

Coccidia

Giardia

6. Poisonous substances or plants

Read also: Importance of regular veterinary care

7. Swallowing an indigestible foreign body, like a toy or socks

8. Infections with common viruses such as:

9. Parvovirus

10. Distemper

11. Coronavirus

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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