Diarrhea in Pets: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Diarrhea in Pets

When your pet’s stomach suffers from some infection, it shows up with that watery substance coming out constantly. Frequent loose or liquid bowel movement is usually a sign of diarrhea in pets. A simple change or an intestinal infection leads to this condition where an animal loses most of the water. It can last for a few weeks or two a month.

Diarrhea can happen in a sudden outburst or short in duration. Lasting for a few weeks, it can even continue for a month off and on. A one-time burst of diarrhea is not to fear so much but if it continues for two to three days, it leads to dehydration.

There are several small reasons to those complicated reasons that cause diarrhea.


There are numerous reasons that lead to this condition in pets.

  • Dairy or other food product
  • A simple change in a diet
  • Allergic reaction
  • Ingestion of spoiled food
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer or other tumors of the digestive tract
  • Certain medications
  • Hairballs
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Colitis

Most Common Symptoms in Diarrhea

Your furry friend when infected with intestinal worms or any other reason, he can experience loose motions. Let us look into the grave symptoms that help you recognize whether your pup is having diarrhea.

  • Loose and frequent stools
  • Flatulence
  • The passage of blood in mucus or stool
  • Straining to defecate
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Urgency to defecate

When you find that your pet is suffering from any of these or two or three of these signs, it is crucial that you provide him/her proper medications.

In case, your pet’s diarrhea is accompanied by blood or black stool, it indicates that your pet is suffering from severe internal bleeding. In such situations, take your furry friend immediately to a vet.


Avoid giving your pet any food for 12 – 24 hours, while he is suffering from diarrhea. However, it is crucial to provide plenty of clean and fresh water to avoid the condition of dehydration. For further treatment, take your pet to a vet. Your veterinarian may recommend you proper medications for diarrhea.

In case of intestinal worms, you can diagnose through the test. This can help you provide an effective dewormer to destroy worms and prevent further infestation.

Providing proper food and clean water is essential to keep your pet healthy. If you are planning to switch your pet’s food, it is better to introduce it gradually. Mixing with the old brand initially and then gradually shifting to the new food. Taking proper care of his diet along with monthly preventives including dewormers help your lovable companion to stay healthy and happy.


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