Diarrhoea is relatively common in dogs. Mild diarrhoea often goes away by itself. However, if the diarrhoea lasts longer than a day, you should take your dog to a vet.
Causes of diarrhoea in dogs
Diarrhoea is not an illness, but a symptom that can have a variety of different causes. Relatively often, diarrhoea is caused by the dog eating something it does not tolerate. Dead animals, faeces, rotten food and vomit can very quickly lead to diarrhoea. Diarrhoea can also be triggered by bacteria, viruses and parasites such as giardia and worms.
There are other possible causes of diarrhoea:
- Food portions are too big
- Food has been switched too quickly
- Food is too cold
- Food intolerances
- Consumption of food that is not suitable for dogs
Finally, diarrhoea in dogs can also be caused by stress. Situations causing stress for a dog should, however, be considered very individually. Stress factors for the dog can be changes in the household, a new situation when being taken for a walk, or a car ride.