Dog Diarrhea: Should I Be Worried?

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Question:

Is my dog’s diarrhea anything to worry about?

Answer:

If diarrhea is the only symptom and it goes away within a day or two, it’s likely that your dog simply ate something he shouldn’t have.

But if he has any other symptoms, such as vomiting, loss of appetite, or lethargy, if there’s blood in the stool, or if the diarrhea is chronic, there may be a more serious problem. If you observe any of these symptoms, definitely contact your vet.

To prevent food-related diarrhea, don’t give your dog anything that’s gone bad. Kibbles and processed foods can cause stomach upset because even when they say “grain free” they are often full of carbs. You may want to try feeding your dog natural foods from the grocery store. Veggies and hamburger are an excellent meal for a dog.

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