Diarrhoea is very common in dogs and can occur suddenly as in acute disease or may be longer in duration and intermittent as in chronic disease.
Dogs with diarrhoea pass loose or watery faeces more frequently than normal. Signs can range from mild to severe. Causes of diarrhoea in dogs include dietary indiscretions (such as scavenging something inappropriate), infections such as viruses and bacteria, parasites, food allergy or intolerance, a sudden change in diet, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and secondary to other non-intestinal diseases such as kidney failure.
Treatment depends on the cause and severity of the diarrhoea. Dogs with mild cases of diarrhoea may resolve without need for treatment whereas other dogs would require a visit to the vets.
It is very important that dogs with diarrhoea drink enough water so that they don’t become dehydrated.
Diet can help in the management and treatment of dogs with diarrhoea. Dogs with mild cases of diarrhoea may benefit from being fed a highly digestible diet which is low in fat.
Naturediet’s Feel Good Fish contains ocean white fish and is highly digestible and is naturally low in fat.
Dogs with diarrhoea which may be caused by a dietary intolerance may benefit from a change of diet to a diet with a protein source the dog hasn’t eaten previously. Dogs with a dietary intolerance to meat-based proteins such as beef or pork may be fed diets with fish as the protein source. Feel Good Salmon and White Fish contains salmon as the only source of protein and oils. It is easy to digest and as with all Naturediet foods it is a complete meal and provides all the nutrients a dog needs.
Feed several small meals to dogs recovering from a bout of diarrhoea or vomiting as large volumes of food may be more difficult to digest.
Introduce any new food to your dog over a period of 7 – 10 days so that your dog can become accustomed to the change of food. Sudden changes in food can cause digestive upsets. Extra care should be taken when changing from a wet to a dry food or vice versa.