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“What comes in, must come out.” This is the concept to which the act of consumption abides by. When something is eaten and all the nutrients draw out, what remains are nothing but garbage which must be taken out.

Dogs, like humans, follow this same rule. This is the reason why they defecate similarly as every living creature in this world. But dog poo is not necessarily always the same and it gets more apparent as the consistency of the feces becomes unusual, such as when it gets too soft, runny, or even watery.

Now, diarrhea can just be a normal thing. It could be as simple  as the dog eating something that upset its stomach or had poor digestion. Otherwise, it can also be as a result of an adverse effect of medication, if the dog itself is medicating.

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But, on the other hand, it can be also something serious. The condition could be underpinned by an existing medical condition, possible toxicity, or presence of parasites.

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Worrying Case of Diarrhea

Before you could assess whether your pet’s case of diarrhea is something serious or something negligible (diarrhea typically fixes on its own), it is worth knowing about the symptoms that make a concerning case of diarrhea:

·Persisting diarrhea that exceeds 36 hours despite having an intermediary treatment
· Black tarry stools (possible gastrointestinal bleeding) or stools with the presence of bright red blood
· A fever is present
· The dog is experiencing an abdominal pain
· Either the dog seems nauseous (feeling of vomiting but is not actually) or is actually puking

Things to Consider When Bringing the Pet Over to the Vet

A veterinarian may be fully-equipped with the knowledge to diagnose any known medical condition your pet is having. But, for the vet to do his job properly, he needs all the facts to assess your dog’s condition.

As such, it is very important that you know the important details about your dog’s lifestyle and behavior. Most importantly a stool sample will be a strong basis of the assessment process. Typically, the best stool specimen should not be older than 18 hours.

Note that there is no one way as to how your dog will be checked up properly. A stool sample may be telling enough of what could be wrong in the dog internally. At other times it takes both blood test and urinalysis to make the medical checkup thorough.

Although there are serious causes that make a dog elicit diarrhea, most of the time, the origins are either a viral infection or dietary changes. Both of that contributors are easily treated.

At-Home Treatment

The main concerns with diarrhea are the same as with humans. First, is the amount of fluid the body loses. The second is the need for electrolytes that make the body function normally.

That said, one of the most common at-home treatments includes plenty of drinking water as well as a soupy meal.

As for food, it is very important that the dog does not consume any food that offers strong taste and hard consistency. You need  to make the digestion process easier for the dog’s upset stomach.

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Thomas Love grew up with five dogs throughout his childhood. He loves them to death and has not met one he didn't like. His first dog Duchess was always with him from his earliest memories until his last day of school in eighth grade. That day Thomas will never forget.

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