Dog has diarrhea but acts fine – By the number of visits to veterinary clinics, diarrhea in dogs (diarrhea) is one of the first places. When a bowel disorder appears, the owners often get lost and do not know what to do. Particularly worried owners of decorative breeds, such as dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Pekingese, French Bulldog. It is not surprising, because a prolonged illness can cause negative changes in the body: dehydration, acid-base imbalance.
Oh, these diseases …
Symptoms associated with diarrhea:
- high or low temperature often indicates the development of viral pathology, for example, enteritis, distemper;
- general lethargy without other associated symptoms can be caused by food poisoning, sometimes the onset of a dangerous infectious disease;
- Refusal to eat, which is not accompanied by a change in temperature, lethargy, blood in the feces, can be provoked by poor-quality food;
- cough and discharge from the nose, eyes are signs of distemper or viral rhinotracheitis, for a young dog or puppy these diseases often end in death.
Causes of Diarrhea In Dogs
Most often, diarrhea in dogs is caused by improper feeding. This may be a sharp transition to an unusual feed; eating stale food; allergic reaction to one of the components of the feed. Another common cause of diarrhea in Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier, Pekingese and other breeds are viral diseases, such as hepatitis, enteritis, plague. In a puppy or young animal, diarrhea can be a sign of parasitic diseases.
Acute diarrhea in a dog is accompanied by the release of a liquid stool, the acute phase can last up to 2 weeks. If the disorder is not accompanied by other negative symptoms (refusal of food, fever, vomiting, apathy), then most likely the disease is caused by improper feeding. In this case, you can try to do home treatment. But if diarrhea in a dachshund, chihuahua or other dog fails to stop after a day, you need to contact a specialist.
Chronic diarrhea lasts more than 2 weeks, most often it occurs on the background of a chronic disease.
Chihuahua, Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier, Pekingese, Shar Pei and other small breeds of diarrhea can occur due to pancreatitis. Pancreatic pathologies in small breeds often develop on the background of an improper diet. Some large dogs (shepherd dogs, labradors) often develop pancreatic insufficiency, which also causes diarrhea.
What if a dog has diarrhea?
Individual cases of diarrhea can be ignored. But if diarrhea continues for more than one day, you should contact your veterinarian. Diarrhea is especially dangerous for small breeds (dachshunds, Pekingese, Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier, Shar Pei, French Bulldog, etc.). This is due to the fact that the effects of dehydration appear faster in small animals.
An acute disorder without any aggravating symptoms in a dog of any breed (Chihuahua, Pekingese, Dachshund, etc.) can be tried to stop on its own.
To prevent dehydration, you need to give the dog rehydronic preparations. This can be done with a medical syringe without a needle. To prevent the absorption of toxins to the pet give adsorbents. After diarrhea has passed, you need to add bifidobacteria to food to restore intestinal microflora for several weeks. Regardless of the causes of diarrhea, the animal must be given access to water. If the dog refuses to drink on their own, you need to water it forcibly.
Treatment at home is good, but a specialist is better.
The first day after the onset of diarrhea can not feed the pet. Over the next two days, the dog can be given boiled rice, low-fat broth, dairy products. As a binder, you can make and pour a weakly brewed black tea with a small amount of sugar to your pet. If diarrhea did not manage to stop on its own in 1-2 days, you need to contact a veterinary clinic.
There is a conditional group of animals that are more likely to suffer from diarrhea. First of all, these are unvaccinated puppies, weak and old animals, as well as dogs of decorative breeds (for example, in Chihuahua, Dachshund, Pekingese). Older dogs often have diarrhea on the background of chronic diseases as well as tumors. The treatment in each case is selected individually.
What to do with diarrhea with blood?
When blood appears in the feces, it is necessary to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible and be examined to determine the cause of the disease. Bloody diarrhea in dachshund, chihuahua and other dog breeds can be caused by complex infectious diseases such as salmonellosis, enteritis, leptospirosis, and also atypical form of rabies.
Sometimes blood appears due to mechanical damage to the intestine by a foreign body (acute bone, etc.). In any case, do not try to do something on your own. The correct treatment can only pick a veterinarian.
What if the puppy’s diarrhea started after vaccination?
Diarrhea after vaccination in puppies of chihuahuas, pekines, shepherd dogs and other breeds is observed if the dog is unwell or has not undergone the deworming procedure. Treatment for worms dog should go about a week before vaccinations. Sometimes a puppy’s diarrhea can be caused by a spoiled vaccine.
If diarrhea occurs after vaccination, show your pet to the vet. If this is the usual reaction of the body to the vaccine, proceed in the usual way: do not feed your pet for the first 24 hours, water it with rehydronic preparations, feed with light food.
Diarrhea in an unvaccinated dachshund puppy, chihuahua, pekingese or any other dog always becomes the basis for suspicion of dangerous viral pathologies (hepatitis, plague, leptospirosis). The danger of infection remains even if the animal does not go outside.
If other symptoms appear (fever, loss of appetite, lethargy), suspicion increases. In this case, you can not do anything on your own; you should immediately contact a veterinarian. The clinic will conduct an examination and prescribe the optimal treatment. Another important point. It is impossible to vaccinate if the dog has an intestinal upset, whatever the cause.