Diarrhoea in dogs – what should you do?

The bowel is a very important part of our dogs’ immune system. It is there that, with the help of “good” bacteria, harmful substances are excreted from the body. If the intestinal flora become unbalanced, your dog will get diarrhoea. 

Like vomiting, diarrhoea itself is not an illness, it is a symptom. If the faeces are gloopy, slimy or runny in terms of their consistency, the first thing to do is to find out what the cause might be. Every dog suffers from diarrhoea at some point in their life. Whether helping your pet on the road to recovery with homemade remedies is enough or whether you should seek veterinary help depends on the cause of the diarrhoea.

My dog has diarrhoea – do I need to go to the vet?

We generally make a distinction between acute and chronic diarrhoea. While acute diarrhoea occurs suddenly and lasts only a few days, chronic diarrhoea lasts for weeks. In any case, please go to your vet if the diarrhoea lasts longer than two days. If your dog is still a puppy, then it is best not to wait at all and to seek veterinary help straight away. Fluid loss during diarrhoea is a big risk for puppies. The same applies to weakened senior dogs and animals with relevant pre-existing conditions.

You should also seek veterinary advice if your pet has other symptoms such as fever and vomiting, excessive scratching, trembling, apathy, no longer drinking or eating, or bloody or extremely watery diarrhoea. As always: if in doubt, please consult a vet! To speed up the diagnosis, it’s ideal if you can take a fresh sample of the suspicious faeces with you when you go to the vet.

Possible causes and triggers of diarrhoea in dogs

  • Eating something they shouldn’t
  • Changing food too quickly 
  • Eating snow
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Side effect of medication/not tolerating medication
  • Food allergy/food intolerance
  • Parasite infestation
  • Viral or bacterial infection 
  • Swallowing a foreign body
  • Poisoning
  • Physical illness (e.g. inflammation of the pancreas)

Carrot soup to treat diarrhoea in dogs

As you may have already noticed, your powers of observation are required. Could your dog have just eaten something they shouldn’t have, for example something that fell off the table while you were eating? Can you rule out a more serious medical problem? Does your animal appear healthy and sprightly in general? In the case of mild symptoms, it often helps to give your dog's intestines a little rest and not give them anything to eat for 12 to 24 hours. This allows the intestinal flora to regenerate. 

In any case, you can help your furry friend’s ailing digestive system with Moro’s BIO carrot soup. The soup is named after the former paediatrician Dr Ernst Moro. During the soup’s special preparation process, the carrots form oligosaccharide sugar molecules. This helps the bowel get rid of the harmful substances. Of course, DOG’S LOVE Moro's BIO Carrot Soup contains only the highest quality ingredients from organic farms, so your dog’s gastrointestinal tract will be well looked after. 

Back to normality

When the diarrhoea has subsided, a bland diet in the form of rice and cooked chicken provides a good transition to normal food. Start with small portions and see if your pet responds well. If so, they can gradually go back to their usual food. 

Don't feed them the bland diet for too long, because although it provides relief for their bowel, it cannot supply the necessary nutrients in sufficient quantities. Our DOG’S LOVE Super Digest herbal mixture can really help your dog harmonise their gastrointestinal flora during this time.