Diarrhea in Dogs: Causes and Treatment
Are Certain Dogs Prone to Diarrhea?
There are certain breeds that may be predisposed to developing conditions that lead to diarrhea. German shepherds, for example, are known to have an increased prevalence of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in the breed. Young dogs are more likely to have infectious and parasitic-related diarrhea than adult dogs.
How Can I Prevent Diarrhea?
Keep in mind that even perfectly healthy dogs will sometimes get diarrhea. Here are tips to reduce the likelihood of occurrence:
- Keep up to date with your dog’s vaccinations.
- Make sure your dog is free of parasites by following your veterinarian’s recommendations.
- Don’t let your dog have access to garbage, spoiled food, etc.
- When walking your dog, watch that he does not eat anything off the street, does not eat plant material or drink from puddles.
- Do not allow him to ingest feces from other animals.
- Minimize stress in your dog’s environment.
- If you decide to switch your dog’s food, it’s a good idea to introduce it gradually, mixing it with his current food to ensure an easier transition for your pet’s GI tract.