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Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact an emergency hospital ASAP and don’t feed your dog

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. 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 that makes this an emergency (diarrhea is secondary to our main concern). Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Don’t feed your dog unless a vet says that it is ok to do so. Don’t take away their water.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling your dog or their diarrhea, some causes of diarrhea can affect humans.
  • Get a sample of the diarrhea if possible.


Why it’s an emergency

Your dog’s symptoms indicate a potentially life-threatening condition

  • While diarrhea on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a life-threatening and time sensitive condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include intestinal bleeding, foreign bodies, and a twisted gut or GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus). If severe or prolonged, diarrhea could lead to severe dehydration, salt and acid imbalances, which may become life-threatening.


First aid tips

Keep your dog quiet and encourage them to drink water

  • Restrict exercise (short leashed potty breaks only)
  • 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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