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Advice From Dr. Lindsey: Dealing with Diarrhea

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Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM

It’s no fun having a sick dog and it’s no fun cleaning up after one either. Dogs can get diarrhea frequently. Diarrhea could be due to a minor problem and easily treated or could be a sign of a more serious issue. There are many causes for diarrhea. A few examples of causes are intestinal parasites, intestinal infection, dietary indiscretion, stress, or organ problems.

If your dog has diarrhea, your veterinarian may want to perform a few tests to get to the bottom of it. The first step may be to bring in your dog’s fresh fecal sample with you to the appointment. This can be examined under a microscope for things like parasites or infection. Depending on the exam, history, and clinical signs, other tests like x-rays, bloodwork, ultrasound, or endoscopy may be recommended. From there your veterinarian will create a plan depending on the underlying cause of the diarrhea. Some treatments that could be prescribed include dewormers, probiotics, anti-diarrhea medications, or a bland diet.

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Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.