Diarrhea: In pursuit of the perfect 'poo'
Diarrhea is something we all know about but nobody wants to talk about, except maybe when it affects our pets. Diarrhea ranges from soft to liquid stools and may cause your pet to need to defecate more frequently and urgently which can lead to accidents in the house. Changes in your pet's poop can be due to a wide variety of reasons. Acute diarrhea may be caused by eating something different, an infection or parasite. Chronic diarrhea can indicate food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer. If the diarrhea has only been going on for a short time and your pet is otherwise feeling ok, it may be reasonable to take a "wait and see" approach. You can try feeding a bland diet or add some canned pumpkin as a source of fiber. If the diarrhea persists or your pet is not eating, vomiting or acting sick, you should contact your veterinarian right away. One of the first tests your vet will likely perform is a fecal examination. If possible, it is helpful to bring a fresh stool sample to your pet's appointment. Depending on other clinical signs, your vet may also recommend further testing such as bloodwork, X-rays, ultrasound or more specialized testing. There are many different treatments depending on the underlying cause but these may include a diet change, medications, or probiotics. Luckily many causes of diarrhea are self-limiting or easily treated but as always, contact your veterinarian with any questions or concerns.
Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic
9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070