What different colored poop tells you about your dog’s health

Dog owners tend to be more familiar with their dog’s poop than they’d like to be, but it’s for good reason too – the frequency, consistency, volume and color all give you insights into your dog’s digestive health and overall wellbeing. Aside from troubling signs like diarrhea or constipation, the color of your dog’s poop […]

A veterinarian’s advice on dealing with diarrhea in puppies and dogs

Diarrhea is the most common illness we see in dogs of all ages. It can be serious or mild and self-limiting. If it lasts longer than a day or gets worse or accompanied by other symptoms, your dog should be taken to the vet. Dehydration is the most concerning consequence of diarrhea, especially in puppies. […]

How do you prevent your dog from getting diarrhea?

One of the most important things for dog owners to know is to never switch your dog’s diet abruptly. It’s best to take 1-2 weeks to introduce a new diet to your dog by adding a small amount of the new food each day and reducing the old food over time, for example: 20% of […]

When should you see a vet about your dog’s diarrhea?

If your dog’s diarrhea persists and does not improve for more than a day despite the simple at home treatment measures, or gets worse, you should seek veterinary care to determine the cause (if possible) and treat it so that your dog does not become dehydrated or more sick.  Although diarrhea is one of the […]

How can you treat your dog’s diarrhea?

If your dog’s diarrhea has lasted longer than a day or two, or your dog seems distressed, then it’s become a more urgent issue, and you should talk to your vet right away. He or she will recommend the best course of immediate action for treatment and to prevent the problem from getting worse.  If […]

How do you know if diarrhea is a sign of a serious problem or an emergency?

If any of the following symptoms or circumstances apply, it’s a sign of a more serious situation and may be an emergency: Your dog’s diarrhea does not improve within 24 hours If the situation gets worse and it becomes more frequent or voluminous If you see signs of blood (red) or digested blood (black and […]

What causes diarrhea in dogs?

As one of the most frequent health issues experienced by dog owners, diarrhea can be caused by a number of things, and often is a secondary symptom of an underlying disease. Any diarrhea issues lasting more than a day or two should be brought to your vet’s attention, especially if other serious symptoms are present. […]

What are signs your dog has diarrhea?

Dog diarrhea is characterized by abnormal loose stool, either very liquid or soft but formed. Some diarrhea can result in a change in color of the stool, making it tarry black or jam jelly red, or anywhere in between. Sometimes people will only notice their dog straining to defecate (tenesmus), making it look like constipation […]

What is diarrhea in dogs?

Unformed or loose, soft watery stool – sometimes in larger amounts than usual, but more frequently – are all signs of a digestive problem. For most dogs, the normal frequency is 1-2 bowel movements a day, sometimes 2-3 times. Refer to the Bristol Stool Chart below to help determine what healthy dog stool looks like. […]