Puppy Diarrhea: What Causes it?
The main cause of puppy diarrhea is not known yet. Some say that it’s due to food allergy or other diseases, while others believe that it’s caused by the mother dog vomiting during pregnancy. There are many theories about why there is puppy diarrhea.
1) Food Allergy: One theory is that the mother dog vomits before giving birth because she doesn’t want her baby to get sick.
She thinks that if he gets sick, then he will be less likely to survive. But it could just be a coincidence that your puppy has diarrhea when you give him milk formula or some other kind of food.
If you think about it, you wouldn’t have any problem feeding your puppy some foods which contain milk, would you?
So the mother dog may vomit before giving birth, but she is probably not going to throw up something harmful like cow’s blood or poison.
2) Other Diseases: Another theory is that it’s caused by parasites.
Parasites are tiny creatures that live inside other organisms and they’re usually harmless except when they infect humans. These are some common parasites: roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. You can think of them like little monsters which eat away at your body from the inside out. But if you think about it, your puppy has to come into contact with human feces for one of these to infect him. There is a slim chance that this may happen when he goes outside to defecate.
Your puppy could also pick up a flea or mosquito bite and get infected that way.
3) Mother’s Sickness: Another theory is that the mother dog was suffering from a disease before she gave birth.
This could also cause diarrhea in the puppies.
Puppy Diarrhea: What to Do?
Whatever the cause of your puppy’s diarrhea, you should take him to a veterinarian immediately. You will most likely need to see a specialist if he is suffering from an illness. You may have to change your puppy’s diet if it is food allergy. If the diarrhea persists and there are no signs of recovery, then you may even have to put him to sleep. You can ask the veterinarian whether or not this step is necessary.
It’s Always Better to Be Safe Rather Than Sorry
The first thing that you should do is take your puppy to a veterinarian for a check-up. You might think that this is the last thing on your mind, but diarrhea can be a symptom of other diseases. One example is parasites such as hookworms or roundworms. These are caused by tiny organisms that live inside the stomach and intestines and they’re usually harmless except when they come out of their hosts and infect humans.
How Can You Prevent This?
You should get your puppy de-wormed every two weeks during the first four months. After that, you should get it done every month during the first year, and then at yearly intervals unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise. You should also keep an eye on your dog’s stool. If the stool has an unusual color or shape, then it might mean that there are problems with your pet’s health. It may be necessary to change your dog’s diet if this is the case.
This is the first in a series of articles about raising a puppy. The following are some tips to remember:
Cut off your dog’s access to shady areas where there may be pesticides used. If grass is growing near a road, for example, it could contain toxins which get onto your pet’s coat when he rolls around on it. You should also wash your pet with shampoo and water when he gets home if he has been playing outside.
If you have a female dog that is not spayed, then you should keep her on a leash or in an enclosed space. Female dogs will wander away when they go into heat in order to find mates. If she goes out and gets lost, then it could be very difficult to find her again. Female dogs that are not spayed also run the risk of getting cancers which can cause serious medical issues.
If you have a male dog, then you should get him fixed. Not only will he suffer from many of the same medical issues as females, but he will also run the risk of getting injured if he fights with other male dogs when they’re in “heat”.
You should make sure your pet gets all of their shots before taking them out in public. Not only is this for their own good, but it’s also the law in most places.
Make sure your pet is hydrated enough. If your dog doesn’t seem to be drinking as much water as they usually do, then you should take them to the veterinarian immediately. Dehydration can lead to organ failure if it is not treated quickly enough.
Dogs need to be brushed on a weekly basis if they have long hair in order to prevent tangles and matting. If you would like to keep your dog’s coat long, then you should ask a professional how often you will need to get it trimmed.
You should also keep an eye out for ticks and fleas on a regular basis. If you see any, then you should treat your pet immediately or take them to the veterinarian if the infestation is severe.
Brush your dog’s teeth at least once every week. Not only will this keep their teeth clean and prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but it can also help you spot problems such as tumors, infections, and swollen glands.
You should also make sure your pet is relaxed before you attempt to give them a bath. If they are not relaxed, then they may start shaking uncontrollably due to the stress. You should start by stroking their fur backwards until they calm down.
Never try to cut your pet’s nails if you’re unsure of how to do it. Have a professional handle this for you if you lack the proper tools and knowledge. If you try to cut them at home and accidentally clip the quick (which is a very dark area in the center of the nails), then your pet could start bleeding. In addition to causing your pet immense pain, it can also lead to infection.
Many owners choose to have their pets “declawed”. This is the removal of the claw, but not the bone. Many vets perform this procedure as it lessens the chance of tissue and nerve damage. Some vets will also declaw kittens while they’re young in order to prevent them from ever developing the need to do so later on in life.
If you have more than one pet (or plan to in the future), then you should give them all equal attention. No pet, or person, should feel neglected in a relationship. In addition, you should make sure to socialize them when they’re young so they know how to behave around other people and pets.
While most pet owners choose dogs as their first animal companions, there are quite a few others that can make great additions to your family. Let’s take a look at some of the more unusual choices.
If you’re looking for a pet that’s unique, easy to care for, and doesn’t smell too bad (depending on the animal of course), then a ferret might be the right choice for you. They like to play and cuddle with their owners and can learn up to 30 different commands. While it’s true that they do have a musky odor about them, this can be fixed by giving them regular baths.
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