What to do when your dog has an irritable bowel or diarrhoea - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Diarrhoea (diarrhea) is one of the most common canine issues and it varies from dog to dog. Most cases are mild and pass but sometimes dogs can experience ongoing cases from time to time. 

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The most common causes include:

  • Sudden change in diet
  • Bacterial, viral or parasitic infections
  • Scavanging and the dog eats something bad or poisonous
  • A bowel disease
  • A bowel blockage
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Heatstroke and dehydration

Diarrhoea can set up a pattern of physical irritation in the gut which is self-perpetuating - eventually causing damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal system generally and especially in the colon.
To break such a pattern requires a comprehensive approach to return the whole of the metabolic balance to normal and to reduce the over-sensitivity in the gut itself. 
Treatment must include provision for reducing overactivity in the liver where bile is produced, support for the nervous system that triggers peristalsis and healing for the damaged lining.

What to do:

  • Ensure the dog has access to clean water
  • Check for any poisonous material in the area
  • Continue to monitor the dog

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