Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $50 to $105 per month

What it is: Stool that is abnormally watery or soft counts as dog diarrhea, one of the most common digestive health issues suffered by canines. Causes are numerous, ranging from an ingested foreign object to an allergic reaction or underlying health condition.


  • Blood in the stool
  • Excessive straining
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness, pain
  • Agitation

Treatment: Dogs suffering from mild diarrhea often benefit from drinking plenty of water but going without food for 12 to 24 hours. Mild cases often clear up on their own after a day or so, although diarrhea that lasts more than one day or is accompanied by other symptoms generally requires a trip to the vet for an exam and treatment.

Treatment varies widely, depending on the cause behind the condition. Many dog insurance policies cover vet exams and visits for diarrhea, along with the cost of related treatment.

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