From time to time your dog will get an upset stomach. It is something that part and parcel of having a dog.
Sometimes it can be a change in food or circumstances or indeed something they shouldn’t have snaffled down when your back was turned or whilst off the lead in a field.
That said, it’s a real concern and something that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible.
As a responsible dog owner, I always pick up my dog’s poos when I take him out for a walk. I do this for two reasons 1. It’s the right thing to do and 2. It gives me a chance to actually look and feel the consistency to make sure the food my boy is on is actually doing him some good.
If your dog develops an upset stomach firstly try and check to see if there is any traces of blood in the feces. Generally, if the dog has had diarrhea this can be more difficult.
Generally, blood can be often passed due to inflammation of the wall of the intestines. In many cases, a small amount of blood in the diarrhea is not particularly concerning, however, if there is a larger amount of blood, then this can be quite serious and can lead to a dog becoming very weak and dehydrated.
Causes of diarrhea in dogs can be the result of them eating rotten food containing bacteria, eating foods that the dog can not tolerate or is allergic to and picking up worms or other parasites, viruses and bacteria.
Any causes of diarrhea can be initially treated by the owner giving the dog a short period of “nil by mouth”.
Starvation sound cruel doesn’t it? But it’s not in this case.
Plenty of fluids and medication that will help the bind up the dog and re-balance the levels of good bacteria in his or her tummy.
Make sure that you regularly worm your dog as this often goes unchecked and missed by owners.
It does go without saying that in the first instance, if in doubt, see a vet.
Dogs who are unwell, in pain, vomiting or passing so much fluid that they are becoming weak, may need intravenous fluid therapy as well.
Further investigation with tests of their feces, blood, and x-rays or indeed abdominal ultrasound exams too.
Obviously, these can be very worrying both emotionally and financially.
Ensure that you keep all of your dog’s regular boosters, worming, and good quality food up to date and you should be fine.