German Shepherds are known for their prestige, intelligence and. . . Sensitive stomach. Unfortunately (for both dogs and their owners), this can sometimes lead to diarrhea. Diarrhea is loose or loose stools, and it usually occurs more often than usual bowel movements.
Diarrhea is a common problem for all dogs, not just German Shepherds (also called Alsatians, abbreviated for GSD), and in many cases it is very mild.
If your dog is eating something they shouldn’t, you may just need to wait for them to get out of their system. However, diarrhea can sometimes be accompanied by more serious health problems. It is important to know what to look for so that you know if your dog needs to go to the vet.
Diarrhea in German Shepherd dogs
Problems with diarrhea can be more common in puppies. Their digestive systems are still developing, and playful puppies are more likely than adult dogs to get into things they shouldn’t be doing.
If your puppy has diarrhea occasionally, especially as he adjusts to his new home, don’t worry. Follow the steps given below to calm a puppy’s stomach.
Do not punish the puppy if he has an accident of diarrhea inside the house; They may not have been able to control themselves. If diarrhea is a frequent problem, you may need to try a different food. However, if your puppy has frequent diarrhea for more than 24 hours at a time, this is likely a sign of a more serious problem, and you should contact your vet.
Diarrhea in adult dogs
Sadly, the days of diarrhea may not end when your German Shepherd gets older. As an adult, your dog may continue to have diarrhea from time to time. Diarrhea may appear particularly when any changes are made, from moving to trying a new dog food.
Use the following information to assess the cause of your dog’s diarrhea and whether you need to go to the vet.
It can be difficult to know the cause of your dog’s diarrhea. Acute diarrhea, or diarrhea that appears suddenly and lasts for less than a day, has a set of common causes:
Eat something they shouldn’t be eating: Sometimes German Shepherds are very smart, and they might look for a piece of trash, forbidden food, or even a road kill. Or maybe they took a piece of human food from your hands for dinner. Some of these forbidden foods may cause them to have diarrhea, but they will be fine once their stomachs are stable. If their diarrhea continues, it could be a sign that they have ingested something toxic and need to go to the vet.
Stress: Any change in your dog’s routine can cause stress, including moving to a new home, new pets, new people, and new work schedules. The dog’s stomach should be stable while it is adjusting. To help, make sure your dog gets plenty of quiet time and can get enough sleep.
Changes in the diet: When making changes to your dog’s food, move gradually by mixing a small amount of the new food with the old food and increasing the new food over time. If you change brands suddenly, this could upset your dog’s stomach.
If your dog suffers from chronic diarrhea, this may be caused by a more serious underlying problem:
Allergies: Your dog could have an allergic reaction to an ingredient in his food or medicine, or even a seasonal allergy. Especially if you have introduced something new into their lives, consult your veterinarian about the possibility of developing an allergy.
Parasites: Parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and giardia are especially common in puppies. They can usually be diagnosed with a simple stool sample test and taken orally.
Viral infection: If your dog has an infection, he will likely exhibit other signs, including a fever, decreased appetite, low energy, vomiting, and mucus in the stool. If you notice any of these signs besides your diarrhea, contact your veterinarian. Some types of viral infections, such as parvovirus and tuberculosis, can be fatal, so it is important to take these signs seriously.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Just like humans, dogs can develop irritable bowel syndrome. If your dog’s diarrhea continues, this could be the cause.
Insufficient pancreatic secretion: This is a chronic disorder in which the pancreas stops producing enough enzymes for production. It results in diarrhea that is yellowish in color and is particularly foul smelling.
Other problems: Diarrhea can be an early symptom of other serious problems, such as thyroid disease or bowel cancer. If your German Shepherd’s diarrhea is chronic without explanation, see your veterinarian. These serious problems may be more common for older dogs.
Any dog who suffers from diarrhea is also prone to dehydration. Make sure your dog has access to fresh water regularly. You will want to change their water more than usual, and encourage them to drink. If they’re reluctant to drink, PetMD recommends mixing a little chicken or beef broth in the water.
Stick to drinking water for 8-12 hours only, so that your dog’s stomach is stable. Then, in place of their regular food, give them a special meal of boiled chicken with cooked white rice (rice and rice water help get rid of runny stools), pumpkin, or sweet potatoes. Keep the portion small. If your dog is eating it and has no diarrhea or vomiting within a couple of hours, you can feed him another small meal.
Over the next two days, gradually mix some of their natural food into this bland meal until they get back to eating normally. If your dog has a chronically sensitive stomach, your vet may recommend a special formula for him.
If the German Shepherd has had diarrhea for a week or more, it is called chronic diarrhea. This can be caused by a serious underlying health problem and your vet should always treat it.
Over time, chronic diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration, weight loss, or more serious problems. Diarrhea can also be a sign of a bigger problem with your dog’s health, so be sure to make an appointment with your vet if your dog’s diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours.
When to call a vet when your dog has diarrhea
If you notice any of the following symptoms in addition to the diarrhea, you should contact your veterinarian immediately:
- Signs of pain (whining, don’t want to be touched)
- If your dog is very young or old
- If your dog has another health condition – the diarrhea can exacerbate ongoing health problems
- The stool contains blood (a very small streak does not necessarily mean that it is a serious or real problem, but to be safe, talk to a vet and / or get a checkup).
- The stool is dark and diagonal
You know your dog better. If something does not look right, take your dog to the vet. If you are not sure whether or not you need an appointment, you can always call to seek your veterinarian’s advice.