People who own dogs often know how diarrhea works in dogs, as it is quite common. The true causes of diarrhea, the causes, and the different varieties are known to fewer people.
A change in diet is one of the causes of diarrhea. If you give your dog food specially made for him, and then change his diet and give him table scraps, he will likely get diarrhea as a result. Another possible cause of diarrhea is changing the type of water you receive, especially if you are traveling.
Diet changes are especially troublesome for puppies, as they have sensitive intestinal tracts. If the puppy was purchased from a breeder, they probably told you that it should be fed similarly to what you received in the past. You need to find out what the dog ate before, if they didn’t tell you when they bought it, especially if you got it from a friend or a newspaper ad. Either way, you should talk to a vet about the dog’s diet, to be sure the puppy is getting the right food for his breed and age.
If your puppy has been on a raw meat diet in the past and you are feeding him foods that are commercially available, he should make a gradual transition from old to new food. For starters, you can put some commercial food on the raw meat, mixing it up a bit. Each day, increase the amount of food you put on the meat, while reducing the type of food above. Gradually changing the diet will prevent diarrhea in dogs.
Insufficient and excessive feeding are two other possible causes of diarrhea. Both dogs that eat too much or too little food can be susceptible to illness. A dog that doesn’t eat enough gulps down when it finally finds food. Dogs are more likely to be less susceptible to diarrhea if they are fed twice a day, rather than receiving all of their food at one meal. Both veterinarians and breeders will recommend that you use self-feeding, which means that the dogs get a full plate of food, which he chooses when to eat. This is usually done with dry food, so diarrhea is quite rare.
Drinking too much water is another possible reason for diarrhea in dogs. If it occurs when it’s not hot outside, drinking excess water may indicate another problem, so visit a vet to find out what the problem is.