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Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital if problem persists or worsens

  • Contact your family veterinary hospital if your dog develops any of the following:
    • Diarrhea that persists for more than a day (or if your dog has more than 3 bouts of diarrhea),
    • Diarrhea that is bloody or black throughout.
  • If you make an appointment with your veterinarian, get a sample of the diarrhea. Store in the fridge if not going to the vet right away.


Why it’s medium priority

Mild diarrhea usually resolves on its own

  • Just like in humans, dogs can occasionally get diarrhea. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog’s diarrhea will likely resolve on its own. It could be as simple as your dog eating something that they’re not used to.
  • However, diarrhea that persists or worsens is a cause of concern so careful monitoring is required.


Home care tips

Feed a bland diet and practice good hygiene

  • You can try feeding your dog a bland diet of rice, chicken, and pumpkin in small portions but more frequent meals.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling your dog or their diarrhea, some causes of diarrhea can affect humans.
  • 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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