Nearly all dogs will experience diarrhea at some point in their lives. In most cases diarrhea is a natural way for your protection dog to remove toxins from the body. Generally this is not something you need to be alarmed about. If your protection dog becomes lethargic , feverish, bloated, or has a large amount of blood in their stool, contact your veterinarian immediately. For protection dog owners who’s dogs are not showing the above symptoms there are several natural cures that can treat your dogs diarrhea. The first step in treating your protection dogs diarrhea is a 6-12 hour fast from food or water. Once your protection dog has finished its fast and is not longer passing loose stools or vomiting, you can begin allowing them small sips of water every few hours. After 6-8 hours you can begin to offer your protection dog small amounts of food, gradually increasing amounts over 3-4 days. Probiotics can also be very helpful to a protection dog recovering from diarrhea. This will help replicate your protection dogs healthy gut bacteria as well as enhance cellular repair. Prebiotics are also beneficial to your protection dogs recovery. Prebiotics are essentially indigestible food. They travel to the colon were they ferment and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in your protection dog. In most cases your protection dogs diarrhea will subside in a few days or even sooner. However is your protection dogs diarrhea persists or the animal is showing signs of lethargy or vomiting, be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately. Your vet will want to check your protection dogs fecal matter, run blood work, x rays, or endoscopy to get a view of the dogs stomach and intestinal mucosa.
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