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Your assessment results for:

Diarrhea

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital and monitor your dog

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning. During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the diarrhea.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination with the diarrhea that makes this a high priority situation.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If your dog’s gums change color (especially a white or blue-ish tinge), or if their stool becomes very bloody or black in appearance, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • Get a sample of the diarrhea if possible. Store in the fridge if not going to the vet right away.

 

Why it’s high priority

Severe or prolonged diarrhea indicates serious underlying condition

  • While diarrhea on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include colitis, gut infections, and dehydration. If severe or prolonged, diarrhea could lead to severe dehydration, salt and acid imbalances, which may become life-threatening.

 

Home care tips

Practice good hygiene and feed small frequent meals

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling your dog or their diarrhea, some causes of diarrhea can affect humans.
  • Feed your dog smaller frequent meals of either their regular diet (don’t give treats) or a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice
  • To prevent your dog from getting dehydrated, encourage them to drink water or mix a little water in with their food.
  • Learn more about diarrhea in dogs

 

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