Common causes of diarrhea in puppies
Posted on October 11, 2010 under Pet Health & Safety
Posted by: H.R.
Pets Best Insurance Editorial Manager
There are several causes of diarrhea, a common pet health issue, in puppies.
Diarrhea in puppies can be can be a sign of a serious illness. Anytime a puppy has diarrhea, he should be seen by a veterinarian to determine the cause. It may be a good idea to purchase dog insurance for your puppy, as this can help to alleviate some veterinary costs.
The puppy diarrhea treatment that is used will depend on the cause of diarrhea. Puppies with diarrhea can become dehydrated if they are not treated in a timely manner.
One of the most common puppy problems that cause diarrhea is intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites are commonly passed from the mother dog to her puppies via her milk. Intestinal parasites cause diarrhea and vomiting in puppies. Puppies that have these parasites will often have a bloated appearance in their stomach area. Once intestinal parasites are diagnosed, the puppy will be given a dewormer to eliminate the parasites. Puppies with diarrhea due to intestinal parasites can pass the parasites onto other pets and some parasites can be passed on to humans.
Another cause of diarrhea in puppies is a change in their diet. An abrupt change in a puppy’s diet can lead to diarrhea. A puppy should remain on the same food once you bring them home. If you want to switch the brand of food your puppy eats, change the food gradually. Start by replacing a small portion of the old food with the new food. Replace more of the old food with the new food until the puppy is only eating the new food. Along with food changes, an introduction of new treats, bones, or other chew toys can cause diarrhea.