Diarrhea in your Great Dane Puppy
Great Danes have very sensitive stomachs! And most pups will experience some form of diarrhea several times before adulthood, and many will have regularly soft stool until about a year old. The diarrhea can vary from a mild slightly runny or grainy stool to out right mud/water diarrhea, and may even have a small amount of bright red blood and will often be present one day and then not the next, or even present in the morning and then not at night but then again the next morning. Great Danes should always have their stools monitored, because while off and on diarrhea is common and should not be worried about too much, constant diarrhea (for more than 2-3 days in a row) without a hard stool in between should be checked in to further by a vet. If your Danes is eating normally and drinking normally then chances are the diarrhea is nothing to worry about, but if he/she starts to refuse food for more that 1-2 days, or water for 1 day, or acts �out-of-it�, pants uncontrollable while salivating and or has a dazed expression take him to the vet as something more serious may be wrong.
What to do
Dehydration is the biggest concern with pups with diarrhea, so make sure your pup is drinking plenty of water, if he does not want to drink much you can try putting some chicken broth with the water and presto the water is taken quickly, if not be prepared to take him to the vet as something else may be wrong. If the diarrhea persists but he is drinking and eating normally it is not a bad idea to get him some vitamin water like Gatorade to help with the lost electrolytes, and get him feeling better quicker. Also with bad or persistent diarrhea feeding him very bland foods like rice and chicken broth is not a bad idea, sometime it is best to not feed anything for 24 hours and then feed the bland foods for a few days to help clear up the irritation in his stomach.
What it is / causes / cures
Diarrhea, which constitutes any form of soft stool, is a common occurrence among our canine friends, but is even more common among Great Danes, which have notoriously sensitive stomachs. Very often it could result from a food allergy or change in dog food, stress, a side effect of medication, or perhaps a side effect of table scraps, raiding the trash, eating something naughty out in the yard (like an unsuspecting bug) or a more serious medical condition. There are various steps for treating a dog's diarrhea.
Assess the situation to determine a possible cause of the diarrhea. For instance, is your dog on medication or did she raid the trash or partake in your pizza? Do you have children that may be sneaking your baby extra treats from the table? Worms are also a common cause of diarrhea and dogs can easily get worms being outside in the grass around other dogs' feces. Certain worms are visible in the dog's stool (tapeworms look like grains of rice, round worms look like spaghetti) and others are not. If worms are visible, you can purchase an over-the-counter de-wormer. However, not all worms are visible and not all can be treated with a de-wormer. Intestinal parasites that are not worms such as Giardia can also cause a dog to have diarrhea. Keeping your dog on a heat worming medicine, will also generally treat all intestinal worms but tape worms and is a MUST for Dane owners. A fecal flotation test at the vet's office should detect any kind of worm or other intestinal parasite, which may not be treated by your heart worming meds.. Diarrhea can also result from your dog swallowing some type of poison or chemical. If you suspect any type of poison was ingested such as a household cleaning product, plant or food, seek veterinary care immediately
Stress does not only affect humans. It seems to affect pets as well. The effects of stress on the dog's body can vary; however, one of the most common effects is an abrupt bout of acute diarrhea.
Definition of Stress Induced Diarrhea
1. Stress is an emotional state of mind that causes physical and mental tension. A dog with stress induced diarrhea therefore, presents diarrhea as a result of stress.
How Stress Induced Diarrhea Arises
2. When a dog undergoes a stressful event, its intestinal tract will contract more than usual causing the formation of more bowel movements than normal. Food may not be processed as usual, ultimately causing loose stools.
Causes of Diarrhea Due to Stress
3. Dogs may undergo stress for different reasons, the most common entailing some sort of change. Dogs that are boarded, left at a friend's house, in the process of moving, newly adopted or qualifying at a dog show may easily become victims of diarrhea. Most pups will have a small bout of diarrhea the first few days with their new home, due to the new environment and schedule, don�t worry, and make sure he gets plenty of water, rest, and potty breaks and it should subside in a few days
Treatment of Diarrhea Due to Stress
4. Once the dog is withdrawn from the stressful event, the diarrhea should gradually subside. A short-term fast ranging from 12 hours for puppies to 24 for adult dogs followed by a bland diet may help the dog recover.
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