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When is it time to panic? My dog has diarrhoea but acts fine.

When is it time to panic? My dog has diarrhoea but acts fine.


It’s difficult to know how to care for our pets. Unlike kids or partners, they can’t tell us when they don’t feel well. We learn to read their actions to gauge whether or not they’re having a medical emergency or not. If your dog is having diarrhoea, how do you know when it’s time to take him to the vet? This guide will help you know when it’s time to panic.

Possible causes of diarrhoea:

Before you panic, it’s important to know what could cause your dog to feel sick. Diarrhoea can be cause by a change in food ora mouldy food or water dish. Make sure to change food gently, and to clean food and water dishes regularly. Some intestinal worms and parasites can cause diarrhoea. If any worms are visible in your dog’s stool, it’s time to call or visit the vet. Lots of parasites aren’t too dangerous, but no parasite should remain in your dog. Your dog may have eaten a small plant or part of a stuffed animal. If this comes out in his diarrhoea, it’s nothing to worry about. Just like people, stress can cause a dog to have diarrhoea or even vomit. If there is a new animal in the house or a change of scenery, this could be what’s coughing your dog discomfort.

The two kinds of diarrhoea:

It’s important to be aware of the two kinds of diarrhoea. There is small intestine diarrhoea which consists of loose, wet stool. Large intestinal diarrhoea is a little different, and usually involves loose, but less watery, stool. Dogs with small intestine diarrhoea tend to be ore lethargic, and seem like they have a problem. This kind of diarrhea may mean that your pup needs a trip to the vet. Large intestine diarrhoea is usually less concerning. Dogs with this kind of diarrhoea tend to tay excited, hungry, and interested in water. So how do you know when to act? Well:

If your dog is acting fine, don’t panic.

You take your dog outside, he does his business, and you notice the consistency has changed. Don’t panic. If your dog has diarrhoea but is acting completely fine, it’s not time to worry yet. If he’s still hungry, happily drinking water, and his energy level is up, these are good signs. If today is the first day your dog has had diarrhoea, he could just have an upset stomach. Give him some very plain, easy to digest food for a little bit. Plain mashed potatoes, plain chicken, or plain white rice can help settle down your dog’s stomach and digestive track.

If the diarrhoea continues, be watchful.

If the diarrhoea persists, it’s time to call or visit the vet. A quick call to the vet can tell you if it’s an emergency, but if your dog has diarrhoea for two days, three days, or even longer, it’s time to get him help. After a while diarrhoea can cause dehydration. Dehydration alone is concerning, and you shouldn’t risk it. Your dog can’t ask for help on his own, so make sure he’s drinking lots of water. If he refuses water or food for more than an hour or two, or at his scheduled mealtimes, it’s time to see a vet.

These signs tell you when it’s an emergency.

If your dog’s energy level, appetite/water intake, or happiness noticeably change, or if the diarrhoea continues for more than a few days, it’s time to see the vet. If the diarrhoea is accompanied by continuous vomiting, this is an emergency. If there is blood in your dog’s stool, this is an emergency. Call your vet and go!


Diarrhoea alone is not fatal to your dog. Diarrhoea alone is not an emergency. However, if diarrhoea combined with any of the above warning signs persists, err on the side of caution. Make sure Fido gets the treatment you would want for yourself!

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