What Kinds of Things Can Cause Diarrhea in Dogs

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What Kinds of Things Can Cause Diarrhea in Dogs

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We're pretty sure our Nextrition cold-pressed kibble recipes are among the top contenders for the best dog foods, especially for those with sensitive tummies and to keep that nasty diarrhea at bay. Because let's face it, diarrhea isn't just a minor inconvenience – it's a downright mess. So, what gives dogs the runs? Let's dive into the not-so-pretty details.

First off, we're not vets. We highly recommend a trip to your vet if your dog keeps having tummy troubles. But hey, we've done our homework on doggie digestive issues and diarrhea. Here’s the lowdown: your furry friend’s diarrhea can be caused by a ton of things.

Dietary Shenanigans

More often than not, diet is the big baddie behind dog diarrhea. That’s why we're super picky about our recipes. We want our dog food to be not just healthy but also easy on those sensitive stomachs and delicate digestive systems.

One major dietary offender? Spoiled food. Sure, some dogs are picky, but most will eat anything they can find. Trash-diving is a recipe for disaster. Let’s be real, spoiled food is as bad for them as it is for us.

  • Other diet-related culprits include:
  • Switching to a new dog food
  • New dog treats
  • Gobbling down toxic or poisonous items
  • Eating bones or foreign objects (think toys, fabric, etc.)

Switching between dog foods can often cause temporary digestive issues such as diarrhea but will often go away once your pup has adapted to the new food. If you know your dog has a more sensitive stomach you can switch between recipes more gradually. Just like us, dogs are what they eat. Munching on something they shouldn’t can turn their stomach into a disaster zone.

Non-Diet Related Issues

If your dog’s diarrhea isn’t food-related, then it might be a health issue. Bacterial infections, parasites, and viruses can wreak havoc on their system. Some serious conditions that can cause diarrhea include:

  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parasitic infection

When diet and health conditions are ruled out, stress and anxiety might be the sneaky culprits. Yep, some breeds are drama queens when it comes to stress, and it can upset their intestinal tract. When their system’s out of whack, diarrhea is often the not-so-fun result.

When to Call the Vet

Sometimes, giving your pup healthy, cold-pressed dog food like Nextrition can solve their tummy troubles. But that's not always the magic fix. So, when should you hit up the vet?

If your dog has one episode of diarrhea but is otherwise acting normal and their next bowel movement is fine, don’t stress it. Even a day of diarrhea isn’t usually a big deal if they’re behaving normally.

But, if your pup has repeated bouts of diarrhea paired with unusual behavior, it's vet time. Watch out for lethargy and a lack of interest in food – these could be red flags for something more serious.

Making the Switch to Nextrition

Pro tip: If you're switching from dry kibble to our awesome cold-pressed dog food, Nextrition, don’t do it cold turkey. Gradually introduce the new food by mixing a little bit of Nextrition with the old kibble and slowly increase the ratio. This gives your dog’s system time to get used to the new stuff. Check out our blog for more tips on making the transition.

Nextrition is packed with gut friendly ingredients including prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics. If your pup isn’t currently getting these gut friendly ingredients and is then fed Nextrition it can be a bit overwhelming for the gut and could result in diarrhea, the solution is easy – transition a little more slowly so your pup’s gut will become accustom with the additional nutrients.

The Bottom Line

Dog diarrhea can pop up for all sorts of reasons, from dietary changes to underlying health problems. At Nextrition, we’re all about serving up top-notch, cold-pressed dog food that's easy on the gut and great for overall health. By understanding what might be causing your dog’s diarrhea and making smart choices about their diet, you can help your furry buddy live a happier, healthier life.

Join the feeding revolution with Nextrition. Our cold-pressed dog food is packed with all the juicy nutrients your dog needs without the burnout from over-processed kibble. Your dog deserves the best – and nothing less.

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