Is your German Shepherd suffering from diarrhea? Diarrhea in dogs can be caused by different factors. It may be caused by ingestion of odd materials, viral or bacterial infections, or serious diseases.
A watery or loose stool is what we call a diarrhea. It is an indication that something wrong is going on inside your German Shepherd’s tummy or digestive tract. The watery stool may or may not come with blood, worms, undigested food or materials, or foreign objects.
German Shepherds and other dogs with diarrhea may show other signs like straining to defecate, relieving more often, “accidents”, tummy pain, and cramping.
Normally, a dog’s colon functions to remove excess water inthe digested material and helps make it a firm and well-formed stool. When something irritates the dog’s digestive system, the colon brings water into it to flush it out and this leads to the liquefying and softening of the dog’s stool.
The two types of diarrhea are the acute diarrhea and persistent diarrhea. Acute diarrhea happens when your German Shepherd catches bacteria and viruses that may or may not be deadly, or ingested something that “doesn’t agree” with his stomach. On the other hand, persistent diarrhea is caused by serious conditions like Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and more.
Causes of Diarrhea
From a simple stomach upset to deadly diseases, there are different reasons why your German Shepherd may suffer from diarrhea. Here’s a list of possible reasons a dog may experience diarrhea:
- Consumption of spoiled food, garbage, or inedible objects,
- Auto-immune or systemic diseases,
- Sudden diet change,
- Addison’s disease,
- Sensitive tummy,
- Pancreatic disease,
- Kidney or liver problems,
- Obstruction in the intestine,
- Viral infections or diseases such as Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, and more,
- Bacterial infections or disease like Ehlichiosis and more,
- Fungal infection,
- And a lot more.
Is diarrhea in dogs considered an emergency?
Your German Shepherd may experience diarrhea due to stress or change in diet from time to time. But since diarrhea can be a sign of some deadly diseases, it’s best to keep an eye on your GS and check his stool’s texture and appearance.
Diarrhea in dogs is considered an emergency is your German Shepherd also exhibits the following signs:
- Wet and bloody or black stool,
- Foul smelling stool (like a dead rat),
- Bloated tummy,
- Diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours,
- Presence of worms in the stool,
- Green discharge from the eyes, nose, or genitals,
What to do if your German Shepherd seems fine except for the diarrhea?
If your German Shepherd isn’t showing any serious and concerning signs, he may only be experiencing a simple stomach upset. Still, it is very important to keep an eye on him. You may also follow this first aid protocol for dogs with diarrhea.
- Donot give your German Shepherd food for 12 to 24 hours.
- Offer him water to keep him hydrated. Do not give him too much.
- Offer electrolytes ice cubes made from Pedialyte or dextrose powder-water solution.
When your German Shepherd is done fasting, you can now proceedto feed him with canned wet dog food or recovery dog food. Giving him pumpkin and chicken broth should help relieve his upset stomach too. Give your German Shepherd any of this diet twice a day for 1 to 2 days after the fasting period.
After this feeding regimen, your German Shepherd can now go back to his normal diet. But if the diarrhea persists, it’s best to have your German Shepherd checked by a veterinarian.