Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about dog stress diarrhea, its causes, and how to treat it:
Q. What is dog stress diarrhea, and how do I know if my dog has it?
A. Dog stress diarrhea is the presence of excessive amounts of loose, watery stools, with an emotional cause. Getting stressed out can cause your pet to exhibit some physical signs of anxiety, and diarrhea is one of them. Things like moving to a new home, the arrival of a new pet or baby, or even a prolonged thunderstorm can trigger a round of diarrhea in your dog.
Q. Could my dog have diarrhea from something other than stress?
A. Your dog may have stress diarrhea, or he may have something else entirely. Dogs can suffer from diarrhea for any number of reasons, including:
* Eating “people” food
* Eating non-food items
* Virus or other illness
* Bacteria (possibly from drinking unclean water)
* Worms or other parasites
* Intestinal issues
* Side Effect of medication
Q. How is dog stress diarrhea treated?
A. Your dog’s treatment will depend on his diagnosis, age, and overall health, and what you suspect the cause of his diarrhea is. If you know Fido got into the garbage yesterday, then today’s bout of diarrhea was probably caused by this excursion. Offer him plenty of water, and put him on a carefully balanced, bland diet for a day or so. Offer small amounts of boiled chicken and white rice in place of his regular food. Dog stress diarrhea can be improved with diet, but the most effective treatment is removing or treating the source of the stress.
Q. What else will help?
A. If you are certain your pet is not sick, and hasn’t ingested anything he shouldn’t, he may be suffering from stress diarrhea. If you can determine the cause of his anxiety, you can help him cope with it better. You can also provide him with a gentle and affective homeopathic remedy designed to calm his anxiety and even out his mood. These products are safe and gentle enough to use on dogs of all ages and sizes, and do not have harmful side effects.
Q. When should my dog be seen by a vet?
A. Your dogs stress diarrhea could have a medical cause, so you should take him to the vet if you are worried, or if you suspect he is ill. If your dog is very young, very old, or one of the smaller breeds, keep a close eye on him. These pets are most vulnerable to dehydration. If you suspect your dog is becoming dehydrated, then a visit to the vet is warranted.