Animal Health
December 10, 2004
How to prevent Canine Diarrhoea

No dog (adult or puppy) is immune against the occurrence of diarrhoea.

Preventing diarrhoea from affecting our canine friends only takes a more active approach to their daily management.{{more}}

Many puppies – likewise adults – may develop diarrhoea as a result of a poorly hygienic condition of their bowls. When these bowls are reused with the presence of leftover food, the possibility of bacterial contamination increases the chances of intestinal infection and thus diarrhoea. So all dog bowls must be clean before usage so as to prevent this cause of alimentary diarrhoea.

Heavy worm infestation is a factor of canine diarrhoea. An adequate deworming schedule will prevent this form of diarrhoea.

Large quantities of milk when consumed at once by dogs facilitates the development of diarrhoea.

This is as a result of the inability of these animals to digest such a large amount. I must mention that dogs’ ability to digest milk decreases with age so diarrhoea from milk will occur more frequently in older puppies and some adults.

Usage of bean in the diet of dogs has proven to be a factor in canine diarrhoea. So such food items should be avoided.

Bacterial and viral diseases do cause diarrhoea. Good management will prevent them.

Next week’s article deals with transmittable venereal disease.