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Causes of diarrhoea in dogs

Diarrhoea is defined as frequent, loose or watery poos. Unfortunately, this can be quite a common problem in dogs. If your pet is poorly, it is likely that you will see a drop in faeces quality alongside, or instead of, other symptoms. You may also notice other differences in your dog’s toileting habits which can include a lot of flatulence, mucus in the faeces, and increased volume and frequency of stools.


What causes diarrhoea?

So, what are the main causes of diarrhoea? Faeces can loosen from over-excitement, nervousness, or it could be a sign that something is physically wrong with your dog. The cause can vary greatly, from minor issues to more severe, for example:

  • Food intolerance or an allergy
  • Consumption of gone-off food or a toxic substance
  • Consumption of poorly cooked starches
  • Ingestion of a foreign body (for example sticks and toys)
  • Stress
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Worms
  • Intestinal infections
  • Sudden changes in diet

Diarrhoea could also be a sign of tumours in the digestive tract, however this is considerably less likely than the possible causes listed above.  

When to consult your vet

As diarrhoea is so common, a single bout of poor faeces is probably nothing to worry about. Nevertheless, it is important to note down any occurrences – if the problem continues you should consult your vet about the issue. Here are some indicators of when the problem might be more serious:

  • Poor faeces for several days in a row
  • Really dark stools – if the faeces are black this could be a sign of some internal bleeding
  • Pale gums
  • Evidence of straining or pain when defecating

Always make sure that your dog has access to plenty of fresh water as diarrhoea is very dehydrating.  

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