Dogs in Miami

Digestion Problems

Understanding Digestion Problems in Puppies and Adults Dogs (Diarrhea)

The way your dog or puppy poops is a very important sign that indicates how healthy the dog is. Keeping an eye on your dog on regular basis when he goes potty will prevent serious complications in health.

Different types of stool

A- logs: this kind of stool is firm and ranges from dark brown to almost yellowish, the dark color being a sign of your dog digesting properly and the lighter color a sign of poor digestion.

B- Soft stools: this kind of stool represents poor digestion that can be corrected by selecting a very quality diet.

C- Pudding Diarrhea: these stools represent a problem, this condition needs to be addressed right away. At this point I would advise to stop feeding for 24 hours and after this time frame either give the dog or pup white rice or try to purchase from the vet a dog food called ID; if the problem persists see your veterinarian.

D- Liquid Diarrhea: this is a lot more serious, this could be a sign of an intestinal bacterial infection, parasites ,or a more serious problem. I would stop feeding immediately, get the dog to drink non-flavored pedialyte and contact your veterinarian immediately.

E- Liquid diarrhea with blood: this kind of stool is completely liquid brown with a redish color that is similar to terra-cotta. This kind of stool represents an extreme medical emergency. In some cases this could be an irritation of the intestinal track, and in more serious cases it could be parvo virus, but at this point the only person who can determine this will be your veterinarian. In some cases, no medical attention for more than 24 hours will represent the death of the animal; so don't wait.

In my opinion over-reacting in this situation will not hurt your pet, but under-reacting or not reacting at all could have serious consequences.

Reasons why dogs can have diarrhea:
- Eating garbage
- Stress, ex: a dog that is coming to a new home
- Bacteria infection of the intestine
- Low quality or not the appropriate food for your dog
- Overfeeding your dog
- Dogs that eat too fast
- A reaction to a medication
- Parasite infection
- A dog drinking contaminated water (rain puddle)
- Parvo virus or other serious viruses and infections

Remember in these cases the most important thing is to make a good decision at the right moment and get medical help. All the information above is based on our experience as professional breeders and master groomers and it is not intended to give any medical diagnosis or treatment, only your veterinarian can do that.