Diarrhea in German Shepherds is without a doubt one of the most common manifestations of many illnesses and diseases. It is not a disease in itself, but a symptom. Although this symptom can mask a serious problem, it can also be nothing of concern. Nevertheless, diarrhea should not be taken lightly. Even if it is just a slight negligence of the digestive system, it can lead to many other problems such as dehydration if not resolved right away.
Why does my German Shepherd have diarrhea?
Below is a list of 12 possible causes of diarrhea:
- Switching too fast between two diets. It’s important to make a gradual transition between two types of food – usually over about 10 – 15 days. Faster transitions can interfere with your pet’s digestive system and cause symptoms such as diarrhea.
- Food rashness: for example, if your German Shepherd eats too much food that it is not used to being in contact with, it may develop diarrhea.
- Poisoning: Many products and foods are toxic to German Shepherds and can cause diarrhea if ingested. If you suspect your dog has been poisoned, it is important to see a veterinarian. Here is a list of food that you should NOT feed your dog.
- Parasitic infection: If your German Shepherd is infected with a worm or protozoan (such as Giardia), it is likely to have diarrhea. These invasive parasites lead to inflammation in the digestive tract. Your German Shepherd will need an anti-parasite treatment to remedy this problem.
- Food intolerance: Just like humans, some German Shepherds can suffer from food intolerance. An example is gluten intolerance, which is present in some dogs.
- Allergies: Similarly, food allergies can cause diarrhea in your furry friend. It is sometimes accompanied by itching. Your veterinarian may recommend trying a new diet containing different proteins.
- Foreign body intake: Diarrhea as a result of foreign body intake should be resolved as soon as possible. It is usually very fluid, sometimes with blood, and may be accompanied by drowsiness and vomiting. Eating foreign objects can clog your German Shepherd’s intestines and can be very serious. However, this is a fairly common problem because many German Shepherds like to eat anything they can find.
- Chronic inflammatory bowel disease: Some dogs have a tendency to develop this condition. It is characterized by persistent diarrhea for no reason whatsoever. The digestive system is occupied by inflammatory cells that disrupt the normal functioning of the system. In addition, other diseases can cause diarrhea in dogs, which is just one example. Liquids can be a symptom of the liver, kidney, or even pancreatic disease.
- Stress anxiety can also be one of the causes of diarrhea in German Shepherds. In this case, it is important to first determine what makes your dog nervous. Then you can help it better control its anxiety and help it return to normal bowel movements.
What should I do if my German Shepherd has diarrhea? Should I see a vet?
If diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting, anorexia, and/or drowsiness, an expert examination should be considered. Furthermore, if diarrhea lasts longer than 48 hours, your German Shepherd should definitely be evaluated by a veterinarian.
As illustrated above, the solution to your German Shepherd’s diarrhea mostly depends on its cause. Therefore, action must be taken from the source to succeed. Here are a few suggestions that you can try to help alleviate your German Shepherd’s symptoms of diarrhea.
How to help
If your German Shepherd does not want to eat and has diarrhea, let its digestive system rest for a day or so before trying the following foods. Make sure your dog drinks some water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Listed below is how you can feed your dog if it has diarrhea:
- Pumpkin puree: This is an excellent food to prevent diarrhea due to the fact that it contains a lot of fiber which leps the digestive system work properly and efficiently. On the other hand, you should not add more than 1 to 4 tablespoons in your dog’s daily meal to get all of the necessary benefits.
- Homemade food: A meal of rice and cooked chicken is easily digested by dogs and tastes good, which will attract your dog to eat something. Other than that, make sure to have water available to them at all times.
- Small meals: Provide your German Shepherd with small, frequent foods throughout the day. These smaller portions are much easier for them to digest.
- As mentioned earlier, probiotics can also be used to treat diarrhea.
Although this is a rather unpleasant topic, diarrhea will most likely appear multiple times throughout your dog’s life and it’s very important to know how to handle it. In most cases, the situation is not severe, but it is still important to be vigilant in determining the cause as in some cases it can be the result of a much more severe situation.