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Diarrhoea in Animals

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Understanding and Managing Diarrhoea in Animals


Diarrhoea can affect animals of all kinds and is often a temporary issue that resolves on its own. However, it can have various causes and manifestations.

Common Causes of Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea can be triggered by a range of factors, including:

  • Changes in diet
  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Ingestion of foreign objects
  • Poisons or poisonous plants
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Food allergies

Key Signs of Diarrhoea:

  • Loose, watery stools
  • Changes in stool color
  • Increased frequency of bowel movements
  • Straining
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Increased thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Accidents indoors

While mild cases may resolve without intervention, certain situations warrant a vet visit:

  • Young or elderly animals
  • Persistent diarrhoea for more than a day or two
  • Blood in stools
  • Vomiting or signs of distress

Managing Diarrhoea

Consider these steps when dealing with diarrhoea in animals:

  • Do not administer human diarrhoea treatments: These may not be suitable for animals and can cause constipation.
  • Ensure hydration: Provide access to fresh water to prevent dehydration.
  • Temporary food withholding: Withholding food for a day can help the digestive system recover.
  • Offer bland food: Feed bland options like cooked chicken and rice.

It's advisable to document the condition by taking pictures of the diarrhoea and possibly collecting a sample for vet analysis.

Note: Fresh blood in faeces could indicate a significant issue, so consult your vet promptly for a proper diagnosis.