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Dog Diarrhea: My Labrador Has Diarrhea! What Should I Do?

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It is natural for you to be concerned when your Labrador has diarrhea. However, worried and hurried, you should not forget the basic things to do to contain the dog diarrhea. Find out why dogs have diarrhea and what should you do when your dog is suffering from it.

Dog Diarrhea in Labrador

Diarrhea indicates frequent watery bowel movements or having recurrent loose stool. In dogs, diarrhea is an indication that the condition of the digestive tract is not good. While bacterial infection, food poisoning, or colitis are important causes of dog diarrhea, you can not ignore digestive issues and diet problems. Even dogs with gastrointestinal tumors exhibit similar symptoms. The wet and watery stool may or may have blood, undigested materials, or worms.

Labradors and other dogs with diarrhea may also suffer from other symptoms, such as straining to defecate more often, accidental leakage, stomach ache, dehydration, and abdominal cramping.

In normal bowel movements, a dog’s colon acts to remove excess water and helps the body create a well-formed and firm stool. Just like in humans, dog diarrhea develops when something that irritates the body causes the colon to bring water into it – thus softening and liquefying the dog’s stool.

What are the causes of diarrhea in dogs?

There are different reasons why dogs may suffer from diarrhea. The causes range from a simple tummy upset to consumption of spoiled food or toxic items while viral infections can not be ruled out.

  • Systemic or auto-immune diseases
  • Consumption of garbage or spoiled food
  • Addison’s disease
  • Sudden change in diet
  • Hypersensitive digestive tract
  • Liver or kidney issues
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Blockage in the intestines
  • Viral, fungal, and/or bacterial infection
  • Drug or poison intake

When is diarrhea in dogs considered an emergency?

From time to time, dogs may experience diarrhea due to stress or changes in their diet. But since dogs can suffer from diarrhea because of other deadly causes and diseases, it is best to observe your dog and check the texture and appearance of his stool when he has diarrhea.

Here are some signs that your dog needs to visit a vet.

  • Your dog’s stool is wet and bloody.
  • His stool smells rotten (like a dead rat).
  • Labrador is vomiting while he has intermittent watery stool.
  • The dog has bloating while he is unresponsive.
  • Your Labrador is in lateral recumbency, lethargic, or refuses to get up.
  • Labrador’s stool is black.
  • Lab’s diarrhea persists for more than 24 hours.
  • Your dog has a history of ingesting foreign objects.
  • Worms in your dog’s poop.

If my Labrador is not showing any of those signs, what should I do?

If your Lab is not showing any of the signs above, he or she may only be experiencing a simple stomach upset. He may not have dog diarrhea. Still, it is highly suggested to observe him.

You may also follow this first aid protocol for dogs with diarrhea.

  • Don’t give your dog food for 12 to 24 hours.
  • Instead, give your dog water but limit his intake. You can make ice cubes of electrolytes by freezing plain Pedialyte or water-dextrose powder solution.
  • Once your Labrador has undergone the fasting, you can now proceed with a feeding regimen. You can choose any canned wet dog food or recovery dog food.

The Sick Dog Care Chart

Body Weight (kilos) Amount of Food
Day 1

Feed every 2 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/8 tablespoon

1/4 tablespoon

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

1 1/2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

Day 2

Feed every 2 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/8 tablespoon

1/4 tablespoon

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

1 1/2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

Day 3

Feed every 2 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/4 tablespoon

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

1 1/2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

Day 4

Feed every 4 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

4 tablespoons

6 tablespoons

Day 5

Feed every 6 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

4 tablespoons

6 tablespoons

Day 6

Feed every 6 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

4 tablespoons

6 tablespoons

Day 7

Feed every 8 hours

0 to 2 kilos

2.1 to 5 kilos

5.1 to 10 kilos

10.1 to 15 kilos

15.1 to 20 kilos

Above 20 kilos

1/4 tablespoon

1/2 tablespoon

1 tablespoon

1 1/2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

After this feeding regimen, you can now gradually change your Labrador’s diet to his normal food. If diarrhea persists, it is best to consult a veterinarian.

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