Arun Veterinary Group

Why does my pet get diarrhoea?

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Arun Veterinary Group

Be it watery faeces or soft, poorly formed stools, diarrhoea is a common symptom which is a clear indication to owners that something is wrong with their pet. This applies to any species. The numerous causes include:

  • Sudden change of diet
  • Inappropriate diet
  • Worm burden
  • Medication and toxins
  • Dietary upset and intolerances
  • Scavenging, for example discarded food, carcasses or coprophagia (eating of faeces)
  • Foreign body causing obstruction in the digestive tract
  • Metabolic disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Colitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Bacterial or viral infections, for example parvovirus/panleucopenia, coronavirus, campylobacter, salmonella … and more

What should I do?

If your pet seems lively and happy, is not vomiting and is up to date with routine preventative treatments such as vaccination and worming, then 24 hours of a bland diet can be tried – we provide a prepared diet or you can feed boiled chicken and rice. It is important that your pet drinks water as diarrhoea (and vomiting) can cause rapid dehydration. If the symptoms persist after 24 hours veterinary advice should be sought.

How can I prevent my pet from getting diarrhoea?

You can minimise the chances of your pet getting diarrhoea by:

Following a regular programme, which is recommended for all adult dogs and cats (more frequently for young animals).

Feeding a good quality pet diet, with little access to human food and treats which will encourage a stable, healthy digestive process. Human foods with excessive salts, fats and sugar are not well tolerated by many animals that have more delicate digestive tracts.

Following an annual vaccination programme against the most significant viral and bacterial infections, therefore preventing  serious and potentially life threatening disease.

Our nurses can provide certain treatments in the first instance. If you notice any other signs in addition to the diarrhoea please call us immediately to book an appointment.

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