Activities For A Dog With Diarrhea

1k Views
0 Comments
0 Votes

Introduction

Having a close encounter with diarrhea is no fun for anyone, not even your doggo. When it’s time to go, it’s time to go, and going seems to be the only thing on your doggo’s mind when they are suffering from diarrhea. In these tough times, even though you probably do not want to, you need to inspect your dog’s excrements to first figure out why they got the runs, and then to find out how to help them get out of this embarrassing situation. They may need to lay low for a few days, so let them rest and give them time off from rambunctious activities.

Acknowledging the Problem

Popular
0 Votes
Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

When your dog has to go, they have to go. It’s as simple as that. Taking them out on poop walks every day is essential for them (and you as well if you don’t want poop on your carpets), but when they are suffering from diarrhea, their behavior may change. You know your dog the best, and you know how they behave when they need to go poop, so if you notice that they are especially jittery or keep straining to poop is a sign for concern. A dog may get confused when they have diarrhea and they may keep squatting even though nothing is coming out, so diarrhea can easily be mistaken for constipation if you don’t pay close attention to your dog. 

Step
1
Diagnose
When you’re on your regular walk, pay attention to what your dog is doing when they go to poop. If you see that they are getting anxious to run off and do their business, they may be doing so for a reason, so keep your eyes opened and notice what is going on.
Step
2
Look closely
Pay attention to your doggo’s diet as well. A sudden change in the food they are eating can cause their bowels to act up, and this is especially the case when you are traveling and tasting foreign foods. Make sure that you ease your dog into a new diet instead of just pushing them into one.
Step
3
Infection
Finally, your dog’s diarrhea can be caused by a bacterial infection. In this case, look for symptoms such as lethargy, fever, and appetite loss, and take your dog to the vet as soon as you notice these problems. Your veterinarian can treat the ailment and recommend steps to recovery. For the next few days, spend time relaxing with your dog, doing things like watching movies and going for short walks in the backyard.
Love this activity?

Treatment

Popular
0 Votes
Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Water
electrolytes
Activity description

When your pup has diarrhea, it can last anywhere from one poop to several days. If diarrhea is a one-off, make sure that your dog gets enough water to replenish the electrolytes they lost and give them light food for the next couple of days. However, if the diarrhea lasts for more than one day, or it seems particularly severe, you should let your dog go without food for about 12 to 24 hours to give their bowels some time to recover. Make sure to give them enough water and ask your vet for advice on electrolyte fluids you can give them to prevent dehydration. 

Step
1
Hydrate!
Diarrhea also means water loss, which also means that it needs to be replenished. Of course, don’t let your dog drink two liters of water in one go, give it to them slowly and in small portions. You can also include electrolyte fluid in their water bowl to help.
Step
2
Light food
What you also need to do is lay off the heavy stuff for a while! Light food such as boiled turkey or ground beef can help with diarrhea. Vegetable or chicken broth can also be good for your doggo in this situation. Roasted or boiled sweet potato or pumpkin can be great options for your beloved pup. Your dog can be your kitchen helper as you prepare the special food. Letting them taste test now and then will make them happy!
Love this activity?

Dietary Changes

Popular
0 Votes
Any Day
Moderate
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Food and Water
Activity description

The best thing you can do for your dog is to keep them happy and well-fed. This, however, does not mean that they should stuff their faces with mountains of food every day. It also does not mean that they should eat snacks and treats all the time. It means that your dog should be on a healthy diet with enough fiber and nutritious ingredients so their bowels can be calm and their immune system strong. Paying attention to what you give your dog every day will immensely affect their health, so opting for healthy foods is an absolute must. Along with a healthy diet goes plenty of exercise and mental and physical stimulation. Include puzzle toys in their day as they begin to feel better.

Step
1
Adventurous, or maybe not?
When you travel to a new place, you are tempted to try the local food and enjoy all the amazing dishes the country has to offer. If your dog is your travel partner, it is only fair to include them in the delicious feasts you are having, right? Wrong! You have to ease your dog into new foods to prevent diarrhea!
Step
2
Be careful
Introduce new food items slowly and carefully. Your dog’s bowels may decide to act up if they eat a lot of something that they are not used to. Therefore, to prevent endless poops, start small and work your way up to a new diet. Consult your vet for advice on how to go about this.
Love this activity?

More Fun Ideas...

Go Easy

When recovering from a diarrhea, it is important to keep it easy and not jump straight back to old habits. Feed your doggo light, plain food, and make sure that you are watching what they do to notice signs of possible diarrhea return. Additionally, ease back into some fun and games such as rolling the ball to them and giving them a massage.

Ice Block Fun

Diarrhea means dehydration, so keeping your dog well hydrated is a must. Make sure they are getting enough water every day, so they don’t suffer when they get diarrhea. You can freeze a large block of ice with electrolytes, chicken broth and water. Your dog will readily work their way through the block, satisfying their thirst and their need for activity.

Conclusion

Diarrhea is usually just temporary and will go away after a day or two, but paying attention to the causes is of utmost importance for the overall health of your dog. It can be exhausting to poop so much, which even humans know how it feels, so be supportive and kind, and make sure that you are taking care of your pup to make this issue go away quickly and painlessly. But, pay attention, if diarrhea lasts for more than two days, take them to a vet immediately!