Does my puppy have diarrhea?
Diarrhea is quite common in puppies and can vary from one to two mild episodes that quickly resolve to severe gastrointestinal conditions that may indicate a more important disease. There are many reasons why a puppy may have diarrhea.
You have a new puppy and the first week everything is going well: he has been introduced to the new family, he eats well, he sleeps all night (normally) and progresses properly with his education. One morning, when you take him for a walk, you realize he has diarrhea. What should you do?
Why does my puppy have diarrhea?
Diarrhea is quite common in puppies and can vary from one to two mild episodes that quickly resolve to severe gastrointestinal conditions that may indicate a more important disease. There are several causes that can cause diarrhea in puppies:
- Stress: the arrival in a new home is exciting for puppies, but it can also be a stressful situation because of all the changes that occur. Therefore, it is not uncommon for puppies to have mild gastrointestinal (GI) alterations and diarrhea. To eliminate the puppy’s stress, let him gradually adapt to his new environment. Limit the number of people who visit you during the first weeks. Leave enough time to sleep and be calm and establish a daily routine of food, play, rest and exercise.
- A new food: remember, depending on the age of the puppy, you may have just finished weaning, which means a significant change in your diet. If you have changed your diet, this can cause a mild gastrointestinal disorder, especially if it is done abruptly. If you are going to change your puppy’s food, make a transition over a period of seven to ten days, gradually increasing the proportion of new food.
- They put everything in their mouths: all puppies are curious and tend to explore new objects by putting them in their mouths and sometimes they swallow them. Garbage, toys, plants, insects …: when not monitored, a puppy can eat everything that can cause digestive disorders of greater or lesser consideration, some quite serious.
- Parasites: exposure to parasites may be due to the intake of something inappropriate or by mother’s transmission. If you suspect the puppy has parasites, take him to the vet immediately. Parasitic infestations should be treated with medications prescribed by a veterinarian.
- Infections: diarrhea is one of the most common signs of various infectious diseases in puppies. The most serious of these infections is parvovirus, a very contagious disease that can cause death. In addition to severe diarrhea, other clinical signs that puppies infected by parvovirus will manifest include: apathy, fever and abdominal pain. Puppies are particularly susceptible to parvovirus, so be sure to vaccinate at the appropriate time.
Prevention of diarrhea in puppies
Reducing stress and introducing new foods gradually are good ways to prevent puppies from having diarrhea, but there are other strategies. The most important thing is that you monitor what your puppy does at all times; This will prevent you from ingesting dangerous things and having digestive problems.
Since puppies can suffer from diarrhea for different reasons, if necessary, it is important that you consult your veterinarian. If you design and apply a prevention plan, your puppy will be less likely to suffer problems. As soon as the puppy arrives home, take it to the vet for a complete review. The veterinarian will assess your general health status, explore it for parasites and answer all your questions about food and care.