What Canine Stools Tell You About Diarrhea

By isak, June 10, 2009

Maxwell poopin'Diarrhea is the passage of loose, unformed stools generally occurring in more frequent bowel movements. It is the most common sign of an intestinal disease.

Diarrhea can be classified as acute or chronic, depending on its duration. Acute diarrhea comes on suddenly and is finished in a short period. Chronic diarrhea often comes on gradually and persists for three weeks or longer, or has an episodic pattern of recurrence.


Chronic diarrhea requires veterinary investigation.

Food in the small intestine takes about 8 hours to reach the colon. During that time, the bulk of the food and 80 percent of the water is absorbed. The colon concentrates the remainder. In the end, a well-formed stool is evacuated.

Transit time in the intestinal tract can be speeded up for a variety of reasons resulting in a large, loose, unformed bowel movement. This accounts for the majority of acute diarrheas of short duration.

To determine the cause of the diarrhea, it’s impoprtant to decide where the disease is located: small intestine or colon. This is done by examining the color, consistency, odor and frequency of the stools, as well as the condition of the dog:

COLOR

  • Yellow stool — indicates rapid transit (small bowel). When the stool is loose, full of mucus and is yellow in color, it is typically the result of a food intolerance. Did you change foods recently?
  • Green stool — It could mean your dog has eaten a large amount of grass. It can also be intestinal parasites, rat poisoning or other internal issues.
  • Orange stool — It could indicate a liver issue or biliary disease, or it could just mean that your dog’s poop moved too quickly through the GI tract to pick up the bile which changes poop to the normal brown color we expect. If your dog has orange diarrhea, contact your vet.
  • Black, tarry stool — indicates bleeding in the upper digestive tract. It may be a sign of a gastrointestinal ulcer or a stomach ulcer. Many human medications can cause stomach ulcers in dogs, especially aspirin, so never give human meds without consulting your vet.
  • Bloody stool — red blood or clots indicate bleeding in the colon. Streaks of blood may be colitis (inflammation of the colon), a rectal injury, an anal gland infection or possibly a tumor.
  • Pink or purple stool — Anything that resembles raspberry jam could indicate hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). A large number of dogs die each year from HGE but most will recover with prompt treatment. Seek medical attention.
  • Pasty, light-colored stool — indicates lack of bile (liver disease). While it could be a sign of liver or biliary disease, it could simply mean that your dog’s poop moved too fast through the GI tract to pick up the bile which changes the color to the normal brown you recognize.
  • Large, grey, rancid-smelling stool — indicates inadequate digestion or absorption (malabsorption syndrome). Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) is commonly referred to as maldigestion. Essentially this means the pancreas is not functioning properly. It is a common issue for German Shepherds and Collies. The good news is that this is a very treatable condition, but it is serious, so take your dog to the vet right away.
  • White specks — Worms often look like white grains of rice in your pup’s stool. Your dog needs to be de-wormed.

CONSISTENCY

  • Watery stool — indicates small bowel wall irritation (toxins and severe infections). When the stool is watery, it can be a sign of an upset stomach due to dog food or GI tract issue. If it continues, see a vet.
  • Foamy stool — suggests a bacterial infection
  • Greasy stool — often with oil on the hair around the anus: indicates malabsorption
  • Excessive mucus — a glistening or jellylike appearance; indicates colonic origin.

ODOR (the more watery the stool, the greater the odor)

  • Foodlike, or smelling like sour milk — suggests rapid transit and malabsorption: for example, overfeeding, especially in puppies
  • Putrid smelling — suggests an intestinal infection.

FREQUENCY

  • Several in an hour, each small, with straining — suggests colitis (inflammation of the large bowel)
  • Three or four times a day, each large — suggests a malabsorption or small bowel disorder

CONDITION OF DOG

  • Weight loss, malnutrition — suggests small bowel disorder
  • Normal appetite, minimal weight loss — suggests large bowel disorder
  • Vomiting — small bowel origin, except for colitis

Common Causes of Diarrhea
Intestinal parasites are a common cause of acute and chronic diarrhea in puppies and adults. The greatest problems are caused by roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, threadworms, and giardia.

Most cases are caused by an irritation of the bowel lining from ingested substances or infections agents — in other words, something they ate. Any change in your dog’s diet could be the trigger: unfamiliar water; intolerance to certain foods like beef, pork, chicken, horsemeat, fish, eggs, spices, corn, wheat, soy, gravies, salts, spices, fats, and some commercial dog foods; excitement or emotional upset.

Dogs are scavengers and sometimes tend to eat things they can’t digest like:

  • dead animals, rodents and birds
  • garbage and decayed food
  • rich foods, table scraps, gravies, salts, spices and fats
  • sticks, cloth, grass, paper, etc.
  • parts of flea collars

Toxic substances causing diarrhea include:

  • gasoline, kerosene, oil or coal tar derivatives
  • cleaning fluid, refrigerants
  • insecticides
  • bleaches, often in toilet bowls
  • wild or ornamental plants, toadstools
  • building materials: cement, lime, paints, caulks
  • fireworks containing phosphorus

Many of these are equally as irritating to the stomach and will cause vomiting.

Treatment
Diarrhea is a symptom. The first step in treating it is to identify and remove the underlying cause, if possible. If the diarrhea is caused by overeating, cut back the food intake and feed 2-3 times a day in controlled portions. If unfamiliar water is the problem, carry an extra supply with you. In the case where irritating or toxic substances have been ingested, an effort should be made to identify the agent as specific antidotes may be required.

Food allergies can be cleared up by removing the problem food. Sometimes changing a dog’s food can trigger diarrhea. The new food should be introduced slowly over a couple weeks to avoid this kind of diarrhea.

Most cases of diarrhea can be treated at home:

  1. Withhold all food for 24-48 hours. If your dog appears thirsty, give a small amount of water or ice cubes to lick.
  2. Administer lomotil at a dose of one tablet per 25 lbs of dog, three times a day. Or Kaopectate at 1/2 – 1 tsp per 5 lb, to a maximum of 2 Tbsp every 8 hours. Or Pepto-Bismal at 0.5 ml per lb or 1/2-1 tsp per 5 lb, to a maximum of 30 ml or 2 Tbsp.
  3. As the dog starts to respond, feed an easily digested diet that contains no fats:
    • boiled hamburger (1- to 2-parts cooked rice; discard the broth)
    • cottage cheese
    • cooked macaroni or soft-boiled eggs

    Prescription diets are available from your vet.

  4. Continue the bland diet for three days, even if your dog seems better.

A diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours, a bloody diarrhea and diarrhea accompanied by vomiting, fever and other signs of toxicity should be checked out by your vet immediately.

Source: Dog Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook

426 Comments

  1. Kate says:

    Anxiously awaiting the arrival of a anti-parasitic I ordered online, an 8-in 1 dewormer from chewy.com yesterday. Something that will kill “flat worms, and/or flukes” (after reading up so much on the long-shot, last-ditch Heterobilharzia possibility, it’s difficult to recall exactly what the little nasty bastards are called)

    The only certainty now is that this will be the last thing we try for my sweet angel before her health makes a hopefully major turn around or we let her down as gently as we now possibly can.
    we don’t want her to suffer anymore than she already has.
    She still doesn’t seem to be experiencing any “pain”, no moaning crying whining or groaning- though of course she is extremely weak (took 4-5 tries to get on the couch yesterday, which she hasn’t attempted at all in the last month) and I know she is tired physically, emotionally and spiritually. I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do everything within my means reasonably to help strengthen my incredible little bearded lady.
    If this is not a parasite.. If the de-wormer (3 vets with their 5 different courses of treatment)
    fails her then I will resolve myself to it being some kind of cancer, tell myself there was nothing I could do from even before the beginning of this living nightmare. I will let her sleep. Let her rest.
    For the remainder of my life I will have a Scruff shaped retched pain and loneliness knowing that she passed far, far too soon, but maybe if I keep myself busy- enough time will go by and we can be together again, and I’ll NEVER have to say goodbye to her and more importantly she can be happy and healthy for all of eternity.

    No more pets for me, this dog has all the love I had to give.

    Best of luck to each of the desperate parents of four-legged children everywhere experiencing soul-crushing health crises of their own.

    • isak says:

      Has anyone looked at her throat? Could there be something going on there that makes it uncomfortable for her to eat? Does she seem to have any difficulties swallowing when you syringe feed her? And similarly, is there anything affecting her butt.

      I had a dog, Maxwell, who had megaesophagus. Feeding him was an incredible challenge. Everything was chopped down in a blender. He seemed fine and he seemed like he wanted to eat, but something stopped him. He eventually had to be fed in a Bailey chair which held him upright until gravity took his food into his stomach.

      I also have a dog, Alice, who has had issues with anal polyps. She is a frustrating challenge to feed everyday, twice a day and continues to lose weight, but seems happy. I soak her kibble until it is really soft and put canned cat food on top when canned dog food doesn’t work. Sometimes I put cooked chicken or chicken liver on top. Most of the time it works. Some days, she eats only once a day, sometimes not all day, and sometimes ravenously twice a day. I also supplement her food on occasion with Dyne, a high calorie liquid supplement.

  2. Kate says:

    Her appointment this morning ended with the Vet ruling out liver damage/issues. Scruff is losing protein through her kidneys and there is now some blood in her urine.
    Vet said that euthanizing her is an understandable stance but that there is one more test we can try, she says it might be a parasite of some kind. For the past few years she hasn’t seen this parasite hardly at all but within the last six months she’s seen it over 4 times. So she thinks it’s Scruff’s best last hope before we talk about putting her to sleep. We need to collect a stool sample and bring it on to be sent off for evaluation. A titer test is the name of it, hopefully this fecal test will find something. She says if it is this parasite that it is curable. …IF that’s what is wrong with Scruffles. It is something called HemaBilharziasis???? A parasitic worm from stagnant water infestation but I told the vet we are diligent about overturning volumes of water because of the gross mosquitoes larvae and how they hatch from those undisturbed water sources. We need a decent/firm stool sample from Scruff to send it out for testing. This may be her very last shot =( it’s just so frustrating when they all rule out the other VEts diagnoses and come up with something totally new. She is 22 lbs today =(
    I brought in her stool sample Scruff so generously provided us sithy and paid to have the results expedited, hopefully we will know tomorrow or Saturday if it is this parasite.
    She says if it is not a parasite then she will test another blood sample for histoplasmosis. Then she can offer the exploratory surgery/tissue biopsy route but I think she’s too weak for something so invasive, YA know? All we can do is keep praying and keep encouraging (syringing down her throat) food. Best of luck to all the emotionally exhausted pet parents here

    • isak says:

      Foodwise, have you tried cooking chicken liver for her? Or even Friskies Turkey cat food? These generally work when I have a dog being fussy. And for what it’s worth, at my house chicken liver is preferred over beef liver. And sometimes fish flavored cat food works.

      Hugs to you guys… and our thoughts are with you and Scruff for some answers, GOOD answers.

  3. Kate says:

    Hi Isak, Its been a while.
    I wanted to give you and any other readers who may be having the same issues and update on my precious angel Scruffles-
    Scruff continues to shock and surprise us… after not being able to keep food down for nearly a month with the exception of baby food and broth- and l on top of just being flat-out uninterested / disgusted by food, these past six or seven days she’s been able to hold down everything she has eaten!!
    she has become visibly much thinner of course, I’m starting to see her ribs, however her appetite seems to be returning and psychologically perhaps she is more confident in her abilities to keep food down.
    diarrhea is still an issue however she has had one large solid form bowel movement last week and I am trying not to over do it with the pumpkin (cuz of the possibility of Vitamin A poison) but I believe it is helping. A tricky issue I’m having now is trying to find the perfect combination of forcing food (mainly pumpkin, egg, probiotics and Greek yogurt mix) on her and letting her decide when to eat on her own.

    I have been scouring the internet like a mad woman and I’m now convinced that her issues are predominantly liver related so I ordered some milk thistle (was giving capsules but have switched to alcohol free dropper) as well as some other liver defense products (from Sprouts)
    and have noticed an almost immediate increase in her interest in outside things, people, food and other dogs.

    Next when I’ve saved another $300-400, is a trip to another vet- but this time I am insisting we focus testing and
    treatment on the liver..hopefully I can get that money together by the end of next week.
    I was so beaten down and defeated I dug a her a grave on my land and have booked an cancelled two appointments to euthanize. As I’m writing this, she picked up and gobbled three decent sized bites of chicken meat, and I am trying to hold back tears of joy. We are not out of the woods but her attitude this past week is making my heart sing!!!!!

    • isak says:

      This is such great news! The BEST I have heard all day! I am so happy for you and the bright happy wonderful Scruffles! It sounds like she’s doing her best to get through this. Please do keep us posted on her progress.

      I firmly believe our companions will tell us when it’s time to let them go. And I don’t think Scruffles is planning on going anywhere just yet. 🙂

  4. Kate says:

    I wanted to thank you once more for your time.

    We are laying my precious smart sweet Scruffles to rest this week.
    We want time to love on her but refuse to let her feel pain or be scared.
    She will be one week shy of her 5th birthday.
    My heart is ruined.
    Best of luck to all the other dogs and owners mentioned on this thread.

    • isak says:

      OMG! I am in tears reading this. Was any conclusion ever reached as to what is going on? Do you want to speak to her through a communicator before she goes. If so, contact Diane Samsel. She’s great. And sometimes it helps at these moments to understand each other. I am so, so sorry. Hugs to Scruffles.

  5. Kate says:

    I think it is important to note that the entire time this has been going on (to the best of my calculating could have started around M 4/3) as well as before Scruff is waking down the 14 stairs or getting off the couch to walk outside to drink out of a bucket of rain water (we have two other water stations in the house we have two cats And they all have their choice of water types tap or rain water inside or outside- but she seems to by hydrating well enough on her own.

    Each day she she takes 3-5 trips to the bucket to lap up about 30 laps on average each trip. Scruffles’ water intake these past sick/ill weeks have not changed in volume to the best of my knowledge.
    She urinates 2-3 times a day, though her stream is not super strong (like when you’ve been holding it in for a while) that also has not changed much overall. Its not dark yellow, its on the lighter shade of yellow.

  6. Kate says:

    Isak says:
    April 22, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Generally a capsule or pill takes 20-30 minutes to break down. If you wrap it in food, it takes longer as the food has to be digested to expose the pill or capsule. Thank you for that clear response.

    If she is interested in and holds down canned food, I would consider going a wet food route with her. Maybe migrate to a high quality puppy version (doesn’t have to be sensitive care) for the extra calories for now.
    Thank you! I am very worried about her caloric intake! Im glad to know puppy food has more.

    Perhaps she will ultimately be satisfied with a combination of canned food and moistened kibble.
    I would pay for gold coated diamonds if she could hold them down and they had nutritional content of any kind.
    I am gonna get those food items you mentioned, I will try any kind of combination of foods as long as she can keep I down and it Will help nourish her.

    There is a product by Freshpet that is sold at Walmart and Target (and some pet stores and grocery stores) in a refrigerator case in the pet food section. It comes either in a tube that you chop up or in a bag that you just scoop out. I have a couple dogs that eat either version of this food on top of moistened kibble. Alice is a senior with some health issues and she loves this stuff. You might give it a try, too. Here’s what it looks like. It smells pretty good, especially the bagged version.
    I feed kibble with canned or Freshpet on top, but I moisten the kibble first. I feed both cats and dogs this way. I did she that FreshPet at Kroger the other day so I’ll have to bring it home to see how she likes it.

    Her bowel movements are about what I would expect from what you have said. Pumpkin is the great equalizer. Because of the fiber in it, it works for both soft and hard stools and generally does so after a few doses (about a tablespoon a couple times a day). I am trying to incorporate pumpkin, she wants nothing to do with it. Would you advise mixing some canned pumpkin with some chicken broth and syringing it in her mouth/down the hatch? 3-4 times a day? The syringe is only 15ml yes, ML so she would not be getting much pumpkin with broth in one sitting but I will administer the amount as many times as I can get her to take it and keep it down.

    The plain yogurt will be good for her because antibiotics tend to clear out all bacteria, including the good bacteria her gut needs. She was a dairy lover up to four weeks ago, maybe she will take to the plain yogurt, her stomach is still just so sensitive, my sweet angel. Any specific brand? Or Greek yogurt?

    With her starting to eat again, I think she is heading in the right direction. You might watch her bowel movements to see if anything comes out that explains her stomach upset. I am documenting her every breath these days. So i will continue to monitor her BMs closely.

    I don’t know what flavor kibble you are feeding, but it could actually be that she doesn’t like it. Or maybe it doesn’t agree with her.
    Carnivorous pets have not evolved to digest and assimilate foods like corn, wheat, rice or potatoes – yet these are the foods that the vast majority of pet food manufacturers use as primary ingredients in their formulas. Fortunately, dogs and cats are extremely resilient creatures. They can generally tolerate these foods for a long time, but that is not always the case. Maybe your pup is one of the exceptions.
    Let us know how things go with her.
    Again I so appreciate your time and very very thoughtful help. I will keep you updated, thank you so very much.

    • isak says:

      She doesn’t need much pumpkin, so syringing it with some broth should work. You can even add the plain yogurt to the food you syringe. As for which yogurt, you want the yogurt with the least sugar in it. The Greek may have more calories, so maybe it will be better.

  7. Kate says:

    ISAC:

    Did your vet reached any conclusions on the cause for this behavior? First vet said blockage or ingested toxin. Prescribed oral antibiotics to a dog that couldn’t hold anything down. Now that she is able to hold *some small amounts of RX wet dog food I/d sensitive care chicken, I am going to incorporate antibiotics dosage and pray she can hold it down. How long will antibiotics take to absorb in her system should she vomit soon after taking them?

    Often a dog will not eat because their stomach is upset enough that they would rather not eat. So my thinking is, why is her stomach upset? Is she eating the canned food better than she ate the dry food?
    Yes. She is interested in and even eats and holds down RX canned I/d sensitive care chicken as where she will not even glance at her dry food anymore but I leave it there as an option.

    If so, have you tried adding water to her dry food and letting it sit for about 10 minutes until it softens, then offering it to her?
    I have not tried this by I will as she is eating a holding down more, I will slowly incorporate dry food softened ten minutes by warm broth.

    If not, I think we are back to a problem in her stomach or digestive tract. Have you tried adding plain yogurt to her food to put good bacteria back into her gut to see if this will help her stomach feel better? Maybe add some plain canned pumpkin as well for the fiber to create a balanced stool. I have not yet tried yogurt or pumpkin but I will buy both in the morning.

    How are her bowel movements? 35-40% firm. 60-65% runny. Poop smell. Brown no green or yellow.

    How is her weight? She was 37.5 forever now she’s 32.2 =(

    Have either vets x-rayed her digestive tract to see if there might be a blockage — even partial — that is causing these symptoms?
    Yes. First vet said possible blockage with one side view xray And second vet ruled out obstruction with one aerial and one side view xray.

    I’m sorry, but at this point I have more questions than tips. I just appreciate your time

    • isak says:

      Generally a capsule or pill takes 20-30 minutes to break down. If you wrap it in food, it takes longer as the food has to be digested to expose the pill or capsule.

      If she is interested in and holds down canned food, I would consider going a wet food route with her. Maybe migrate to a high quality puppy version (doesn’t have to be sensitive care) for the extra calories for now. Perhaps she will ultimately be satisfied with a combination of canned food and moistened kibble.

      There is a product by Freshpet that is sold at Walmart and Target (and some pet stores and grocery stores) in a refrigerator case in the pet food section. It comes either in a tube that you chop up or in a bag that you just scoop out. I have a couple dogs that eat either version of this food on top of moistened kibble. Alice is a senior with some health issues and she loves this stuff. You might give it a try, too. Here’s what it looks like. It smells pretty good, especially the bagged version.

      I feed kibble with canned or Freshpet on top, but I moisten the kibble first. I feed both cats and dogs this way.

      Her bowel movements are about what I would expect from what you have said. Pumpkin is the great equalizer. Because of the fiber in it, it works for both soft and hard stools and generally does so after a few doses (about a tablespoon a couple times a day). The plain yogurt will be good for her because antibiotics tend to clear out all bacteria, including the good bacteria her gut needs.

      With her starting to eat again, I think she is heading in the right direction. You might watch her bowel movements to see if anything comes out that explains her stomach upset. I don’t know what flavor kibble you are feeding, but it could actually be that she doesn’t like it. Or maybe it doesn’t agree with her.

      Carnivorous pets have not evolved to digest and assimilate foods like corn, wheat, rice or potatoes – yet these are the foods that the vast majority of pet food manufacturers use as primary ingredients in their formulas. Fortunately, dogs and cats are extremely resilient creatures. They can generally tolerate these foods for a long time, but that is not always the case. Maybe your pup is one of the exceptions.

      Let us know how things go with her.

  8. Kate says:

    Hello, my 4 year old terrier Shepard mix has been vomiting or regurgitating her dry dog food. (been on this 50lb bag for about two months and a 50lb bag usually lasts her three months she has had this brand twice before so no sudden change in her dry dog food diet). Very very slowly she is now starting to want to eat again (prescribed I/d sensitive care chicken wet canned food) where as when this episode started she would avoid food for ten days because she was afraid to vomit, she knew she would. She is up and moving when she wants to bark at a cat or maipman but is VERY lethargic the rest of the day. She gets up to pee and poop outside and also drinks about 30-50 laps/sips/mouthfuls of water 2-3 times each day (not much of a jange in water in take, but its was hard for her to hold water down for the last 14-5 days). Been to 2 vets and am about to start introducing The round of antibiotics prescribed by the last vet only . any tips would he appreciated

    • isak says:

      Did your vet reached any conclusions on the cause for this behavior?

      Often a dog will not eat because their stomach is upset enough that they would rather not eat. So my thinking is, why is her stomach upset? Is she eating the canned food better than she ate the dry food? If so, have you tried adding water to her dry food and letting it sit for about 10 minutes until it softens, then offering it to her? If not, I think we are back to a problem in her stomach or digestive tract. Have you tried adding plain yogurt to her food to put good bacteria back into her gut to see if this will help her stomach feel better? Maybe add some plain canned pumpkin as well for the fiber to create a balanced stool.

      How are her bowel movements? How is her weight?

      Have either vets x-rayed her digestive tract to see if there might be a blockage — even partial — that is causing these symptoms?

      I’m sorry, but at this point I have more questions than tips.

  9. Marlene says:

    Hello! Odd situation here…our 7 month old English lab has had an unremarkable history – except for serious anxiety when left alone. That continues to be an issue but not the reason for my question today. Since 4/14/2017, he has inconsistently had small in quantity (about 3-5 TBSP) additional, looser bowel movements minutes after his regular stools. His schedule, diet, level of exercise hasn’t changed, just these additional looser squirts at the end of his bowel movement. Can this be indicative that he needs less food? Thank you.

    • isak says:

      It could be related to the quantity of food he is eating. Has he been de-wormed recently? Internal parasites could also be a source. You might add some acidophilus or other probiotic to his food and even some plain canned pumpkin (it contains fiber that evens out bowel movements).

      Good luck with the separation anxiety. If you are inclined, you might have an animal communicator work with him. I have worked with them in the past and found them quite effective. I have used Diane Samsel on several occasions with great results.

  10. Dakota says:

    My puppy is 2 months old a cockerspanial terrier mix she was fine yesterday and today she took a turn for the worse … She started out just sad and depressed acting then I got some deworming medicine and Pedialyte got home and she was foaming out her mouth and so I went to give her a bath hoping that would make her feel better and noticed her butt had a light brown blood tinted yellowish color diarrhea or leakage … So I gave her the Pedialyte and deworming meds and a bath but I’m scared she won’t make it through the night help please I’m broke so a vets outta the question unfortunately

    • isak says:

      I’m sorry I missed your message last night. How is your puppy doing this morning? Does she stay indoors? If so, did you find any stools to see if they may be soft? The deworming meds could make them soft as well. And depending on the coloring in her food, that can make her stools seem red tinted.

      If she has eaten something she shouldn’t have when no one was looking, it could have upset her stomach. And with an upset stomach, she may appear sad and depressed as you mentioned. If that’s the case, keep an eye on her to see if she passes it on her own or if it has become stuck and will require a trip to the vet.

  11. Norma says:

    We have a yorkie and poodle mix it has been two days and she hasn’t been acti e she has diarrhea with black and foul oder smell. What sould i do.

    • isak says:

      Part of your first sentence is missing. You said “she hasn’t been —“? Generally a black stool indicates the presence of digested blood in the intestines, or to internal bleeding that has passed into the intestine. It is not a disease but a symptom of some other underlying issue: maybe in the gastrointestinal tract, or the respiratory tract, or a blood clotting issue. The possible cause ranges from something she ate to an infection in her system to an ulcer/tumor among other things. You can add some plain canned pumpkin to her food to see if it helps the diarrhea, but if the color and odor continue, you should have your vet check her out to locate the source of the problem. The blood loss can be concerning if not addressed. They usually do a blood test and a urinalysis.

  12. Sunny says:

    My dog is leaving cow patties in the yard for over a month. I have tried changing her diet, gave her dog diarrhea medication. Nothing is changing. Poverty so vet is not an option.

    • isak says:

      Has she been de-wormed recently? That may be the source of the problem. The cheapest was to handle that is to buy some FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth (usually sold where gardening items are sold or feed stores or even some pet supply stores, but be SURE it is FOOD GRADE). It is like tiny razor blades and slices the worms causing them to die. Just add a small amount to her food each day, then taper it off to maybe once or twice a week. It can also be used on the outside of your dog to kill fleas. Just be sure not to inhale it as it can cause irritation.

      For the cow patties, try adding some canned plain pumpkin to her food. It adds fiber which usually helps whether an animal has diarrhea or constipation.

  13. Steph says:

    please help!

    i have a dachshund puppy aged 9 weeks. He brought him home and he was very happy and lively 3 days later he took a turn for the worst he got diarrhoea and stopped eating and drinking. i took him to the vets straight away and they said he could have parvo. The vet said no point in doing a test for parvo because it can come back negative even though he has it.

    there hasn’t been blood in his poo and he got fluids, anti sickness and antibiotics and when we got home he was sick twice. it was bile because nothing was in his stomach.

    he then kept going in for fluids and then suddenly a dot a blood appeared and i admitted him to the vets hospital.

    he has been there for 24 hours and has been on IV and still hasn’t eaten. The vets are still unsure if its parvo or not and I’m at a lost cause because they haven’t tested him for anything just giving him antibiotics and iv fluids.

    i went to visit him today and he was crying his head off and he managed to eat a tiny bit when i was with him and encouraging him to eat.

    his poo is now green and I’m not convinced he has parvo anymore and i think it might be something else.

    please help as he has to come out of the vets hospital tomorrow as i can’t afford to keep him in there any longer. tomorrow will be day 5 of him being ill.

    • isak says:

      Without that nasty bloody diarrhea, you may be correct that it is something other than parvo. Does he drink water on his own or is all his hydration coming from the iv? If it’s through the iv, maybe they will show you how to administer it at home. The advantage when you have a dog who is vomiting is that you are administering fluids straight to the organs rather than going through the stomach where you risk him losing it from vomiting. I would imagine they would send you home with meds, too.

      Could he have gotten into something during the first 3 days you had him? Was he fed a different food than he had been eating previously?

      When you get him home, you want to make sure he stays hydrated, then work on getting him to eat.

  14. Kristine Prochaska says:

    My puppy is a cane corso boxer mix. She is for months old. She had had diarrhea for over a month off and on. She is on the same food she has always been on and before this fourth month never had diarrhea. Took her to the vet once for it and she does not have worms, he suggested it was something she may have eaten and also put her on an antibiotic for a few days. It is a very odd pattern of diarreah…maybe like one sold movement to two or three runny ones and it has been this way like I said for a month after she seen the vet for it the first time. Sheer always eats rocks sticks wood…basically every thing and any thing on the ground when she is out side. I try to remove it from her mouth as much as I can. Her runny stool is now a neon green color if smeared and very foul smelling. Her solid stool when she has it seems to be very dark brownish green. Any suggestions will help….I have read that if she had a rock or some other foreign object blocked in her intestines that she would have other symptoms but she eats well, drinks well, and over all healthy playful puppy. I have not tried the pumpkin yet as I have read in your other comments to people, do you think I should? And also any other ideas what could be causing this. Thank You

    • isak says:

      The green color could be from eating grass when she is outside. Dogs (and cats) will often do this to calm an upset stomach. Her diarrhea could be the end result of an upset stomach. I’m sure the rocks and sticks don’t help things much either, but puppies do that sometimes. Is she housebroken? If so, are the firmer stools the first ones of the day when she has held the urge overnight?

      Since you have ruled out intestinal parasites, I would consider diet. Maybe you need to try a different flavor or a different brand or maybe a grain-free version. You can add pumpkin to her food everyday — about a tablespoon twice a day. It has fiber that balances out the stool whether a dog has diarrhea or constipation. You can also add some plain yogurt so she is getting the good bacteria in her gut replaced.

      Is she eating dry or wet food? If she is eating wet, you could add some plain white rice to her food. It tends to digest more slowly which helps for firmer stools. Let us know how things go.

  15. Amber Smith says:

    Hello,

    My husky puppy has been having diarrhea for about 2 weeks now I took her to the veterinary and he said she had a fever he did a fecal exam and said she had no worms but he believed he seen Giardia but was sure he gave me meds and I’ve been giving yogurt meds are completed and she still has diarrhea idk what too do and I’m getting worried I already took her back to the vet he says she’s healthy but I don’t understand the diarrhea yogurt isn’t working either

    • isak says:

      Add some plain canned pumpkin to her food — about one tablespoon — twice a day. It should balance out her diarrhea. Yogurt adds good bacteria to her gut which helps diarrhea, but pumpkin works faster. You can still add the yogurt as well as the pumpkin.

  16. liz says:

    My 6+ lb terrier mix year old rescue has very runny mucousy yellow diahrrea and strains to poop. Wants to poop frequently. Appetite is normal. Been spoon feeding her water. Had started feeding her small amounts boiled organic chicken with her wet food about a week ago. Giving her brown rice and chicken.

    • isak says:

      She has runny diarrhea AND strains to poop? Did she get into something she shouldn’t have? You can add plain canned pumpkin to her food — about 1 teaspoon twice a day. The fiber in the pumpkin seems to balance out poop whether it is too hard or too soft. It generally works in about a day.

  17. maisie day says:

    Thanks for replying, his food wasn’t new but we change it alot like one day dry food, another day organic food,he hasn’t ate any grass and sometimes he eats cat food from our cats bowl. He started throwing up green too but now he seems a little better, his poop is still really watery but it turned brown. Thanks for your help

  18. maisie day says:

    Hi I have a Yorkie pom at about 4-5 months. He just had a lot of diarrhea that turned into green liquidy poop like pea soup it didn’t smell though and now he seems tired. Nothing else seems wrong with him, he didn’t leave the house all day but maybe he ate something lying around.He just had some shots last week. I think he’s in pain I tried to make him drink water and he only drank a little he was completely fine earlier today. He also has green organic liquidy food but this has never happened before. What do you think might be the problem? 🙁 It’s my sisters dog, her life already sucks rn her dog can’t die

    • isak says:

      I’m a little confused…. his food is green? Is it new to him or has he been on it for a while? If new, that may be what you are seeing. Of if he has an upset stomach, maybe he ate some grass?

      Shots can affect dogs in different ways and can throw them off their normal schedule. Some dogs do feel a bit lethargic and some can have stomach upset. You can add a teaspoon of plain canned pumpkin (no spices) to his food to firm up his stools. It has fiber in it that balances the liquids in his digestive tract. Also check the site where he got his shots to be sure there isn’t a bump indicating a reaction at the injection site.

  19. Donna Boardman says:

    My dog has has runny poop little mucas looking for a few days. I noticed discolored looking almost like blood stained. I am on second day of rice and seems to be better. Should I hold all food from her for 24 hours? The poop today was a little thicker. SHe is a 5 year old Pit. she still eats like normal and drinks.

    • isak says:

      Rice is slower to digest and that may be why you are seeing an improvement in her stool. The mucous is naturally occurring in the gut to protect the digestive tract from the digestive juices. A bit of blood is not uncommon when the gut is in distress, but keep an eye that it does not continue. Add some plain canned pumpkin to her food for a couple days and you should see additional improvement. It contains fiber and greatly helps even out stools. You can also add some plain yogurt or other probiotic to replace the good bacteria lost through runny poop.

  20. Kelly says:

    My dog had blood in his stool for a few days, took it in and vet said no worms or parasites. Did it again so I took him in vet said he had an intestinal infection, gave him 2 shots and antibiotics to take home, it has been 3 days on them and there is no blood in stool but it still smells foul like blood or metal. Is this normal?

    • isak says:

      What is the consistency? Part of the smell could be related the meds the vet gave him and to the infection. This can take a few days to balance out. If it is still there in a couple more days, give your vet a call. Antibiotics can deplete good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria, so you might add some plain yogurt to his food or other probiotic to add good bacteria into his gut.

  21. Vina Yoon says:

    Hello, so I have a four month old pigeon has had pumpkin colored watery diarrhea for six days. I am worried because the internet says he might have lover problems. He doesn’t like drinking water he has no interest in it. I have been giving him rice with boiled chicken breast since the first day of diarrhea with some water because I am concerned about dehydration. He shows no signs of other side effects, like vomiting or lack of energy. He is a puppy so he is always super hyper after his naps or feeding time. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong or what’s wrong with him? What do you recommend?

    • isak says:

      Pigeon? I’m thinking that’s a typo.

      Given his young age, it may not be a liver problem. Has he been de-wormed yet? Is there something he is getting into that no one has seen him getting into yet — like garbage or something in the yard? Does he drink LESS water than he used to? Are you filling the water bowl LESS often or are you not seeing him drink. If he is not drinking, it may be because he is not thirsty. This would seem to be true if his appetite is normal. Do you know how to do the pinch test for dehydration. You can also find videos on youtube for doing it.

      Add some plain canned pumpkin to his food. This has fiber in it that should firm up his bowel movements. You should see an improvement in a day, but it may take 2-3 to get back to normal. If you do not see an improvement, you might take a sample of the diarrhea to the vet for them to test. Let us know how things go.

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