Can dog food cause dogs to have diarrhea

My dog ​​has diarrhea - what to do?

What is diarrhea

Even little things can cause diarrhea in dogs

Zero diet against diarrhea in dogs

If your dog has got diarrhea, you should put him on a zero diet for one day as a precaution, i.e. withdraw the food for one to a maximum of two days. During this time, the intestinal tract can recover. However, you must always make sure that your four-legged friend is drinking enough fluids. You may need to encourage your dog to drink. In most cases, the diarrhea will be over after 24 hours and no further signs are apparent.

Is diarrhea a common problem for your four-legged friend? Our recommendation for dogs with sensitive digestion:

Diarrhea in puppies

Great care should be taken if your puppy develops diarrhea. The immune system of baby dogs is not yet fully developed. They also have much lower reserves than adult dogs, and if diarrhea persists, they weaken much more quickly. See a veterinarian if your puppy's condition does not improve, especially as the evening or even the weekend approaches. Under certain circumstances, diarrhea in puppies can even be life-threatening.

Symptoms accompanying diarrhea

Serious diarrhea often has accompanying symptoms. You will notice very quickly if your dog is not feeling well. For example, if he does not greet you, beaming with joy and full of enthusiasm, as usual. The other symptoms can express themselves as malaise, fever, cramps, flatulence, abdominal pain, apathy and bowel noises. Have some four-legged friends no appetite and let their food stand. Often it can also happen that your dog does his business in the apartment. He may no longer be able to hold the droppings and make it uncontrolled. Please do not punish him for his behavior.

Dog diarrhea sometimes requires a vet

However, if the symptoms have not resolved within 48 hours, it is advisable to see a veterinarian. Persistent diarrhea leads to fluid loss and internal dehydration. Your dog will lose sodium, potassium, and magnesium. These electrolytes should be balanced after 48 hours. Does your dog have other symptoms besides diarrhea, such as If you have fever, black feces, apathy, vomiting or blood in your stool, you should consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

What should you consider when visiting the vet?

Your observations of symptoms and the consistency of the excretions are very helpful in making a diagnosis. You can also bring a fresh sample of your stool to the vet. With the sample, the causes of the diarrhea can be investigated more quickly. In the case of acute diarrhea, the vet usually gives electrolytes to bring the dog's water balance back into harmony. If you have a blood count, this can find out further causes. To relieve the body is Light food makes sense for your dog.

Possible causes and possible solutions

Soft or runny stools can have many causes and various measures can be used to combat them. To find out the exact cause of the diarrhea, usually only a veterinarian or a laboratory test can help. Food intolerance, allergies, fertilizers and parasite infestation are also common causes of acute diarrhea in dogs. Here is an overview with some tips on how you can help your dog with diarrhea.

causesExamplesWhat helps
Table waste, leftover foodsomething stolen from the table, dog gets leftoversDo not feed leftovers, wait or withdraw food
Allergies, intolerancesGrain intolerance, allergy to certain types of meatPay attention to the ingredients in dog food and treats, change the food, no eating from the table, etc.
Dairy productsQuark, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese eatenDogs tolerate the lactose (milk sugar) it contains very poorly - leave it out
Munching and eating quicklyCharacteristic of the dog, feed envy in several dogsDog food with large croquettes, anti-loop bowl, feed dogs separately
quick feed changeoverget a different kind of food from one day to the nextMix new + old food for 1 week so that the digestive tract can get used to the new food
Stress, excessive demandsMoving to a new home, getting another mate (new dog), dog shows, competitionswait and let the dog rest, do not overwhelm the dog
Fungi, viruses, bacteriasniffed another dog's fecesGo to the vet
spoiled feedServed at the organic waste bin, eaten expired feedwait and withdraw food, pay attention to the best before date
fertilizerDog was in freshly fertilized fieldwait, wash dog and withdraw food
cold or too hot food, eaten snowespecially in winter with snow and strewn sidewalks, keeping the food in the refrigerator, pouring hot water over the foodwait and withdraw food
unclean drinking waterdrank from the dirty puddlewait, should regulate itself
too large portions eatenindependently operated on the feed bag, neighbors or acquaintances also fedPut your dog on a zero diet for one day, inform neighbors, friends and acquaintances about feeding
MedicationIntolerance to an active ingredient, side effectsRead the package insert - call a veterinarian if you have any questions
Poison bait poisoninggo for a walk, dog has run awaysee a veterinarian immediately
Metabolic diseaseGenetically conditionedGo to the vet

Errors in the dog bowl

Feeding cottage cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt or cheese is widespread among a large number of dog owners. However, contrary to popular belief, the lactose it contains is not easily digestible. The milk sugar cannot be used and will come out in the form of watery, soft or mushy droppings.

What to feed if you have diarrhea?

Many dog ​​owners want to keep feeding their dog regularly while they have diarrhea. A good way to calm down the intestines for a short time is a homemade Moro carrot soup. All you need is carrots, water and a little salt (recipe below). To refine the recipe or for very uncomfortable fur noses, you can also cook some chicken or cook it extra and then add small amounts to the soup. Cooked chicken breast with rice is also widely used as a light food. However, the intestinal flora must first adjust to this type of feeding. If you prefer to do without the zero diet option, you should feed the light food in small portions distributed throughout the day. If the gastrointestinal tract of your four-legged friend has calmed down again, you should return to your usual food, because self-cooked food may not cover the vitamin and mineral balance in the long run. Before you switch your four-legged friend back to their usual meals, it is advisable to feed them a very small amount. This means that the gastrointestinal tract is not overwhelmed again. You can then increase the amount daily until your dog is fine again.

Sacrificial protein feeding

An exotic source of protein can be found in meat, which is rarely found in dog food. You can give your four-legged friend z. B. Feed types of food with kangaroo, goat, ostrich, deer or horse meat. This type of feeding is the so-called “sacrificial protein feeding”. In case of a Dog allergy these protein sources can no longer be fed. They sacrifice this source of protein so that an exotic type of meat is accepted as a potential allergy carrier. Contact with this food is unlikely in the further life of the dog. After your dog has diarrhea, you have the option of switching back to the usual food with meat from poultry, lamb, duck or salmon (without exotic ingredients).

Checklist to prevent diarrhea


As a dog owner, you will most likely and probably several times confronted with the topic of diarrhea in your four-legged friend. Often, diarrhea in dogs can be prevented with simple methods. If the diarrhea does occur, you can use tried and tested home remedies such as food withdrawal or Moro’s carrot soup. If you suspect that the cause of the diarrhea was caused by poisonous bait, poisonous plants or serious illnesses that manifest themselves through accompanying symptoms, a visit to the vet is essential.

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