Any who, back to the actual article…
As a dog sitter, a dog mom, and a general dog enthusiast I have dealt with my fair share of sick doggies. Whether it be from separation anxiety or they got into some spicy jalapeño chips, it blows for both you and your dog.
Disclaimer. I am not a vet or a professional. So if your dog is having diarrhea don’t just take my word for it, try my remedies and pray for the best. Call your vet, dummy. This is merely advice and tips on how I handled my situations after I knew they weren’t serious.
Step One: Assess the situation
· Use your judgment. You know your dog better than anyone else. If anything seems off (aside from them ruining your carpet) call your vet, better to be safe than sorry.
· The very first thing I observe is their energy. Are they their normal happy go lucky probably pain in the ass selves? Or are they lethargic? Lethargy is something you should always call the vet for. It can be a symptom of a variety of issues and illnesses, diarrhea or not.
· Another thing to consider is your dog’s recent whereabouts. Did it just come from daycare or boarding? Is it a new puppy from the shelter or anyplace with lots of other dogs especially a litter? Go to the vet. Dogs from public places like that can get sent home with super awesome sicknesses like giardia or leptospirosis which can be very bad if not treated early.
· What has the environment been like? Did you recently move? Have there been a lot of strangers in the house? I recently dog sat an adult dog that had never been left by its owners on vacation before so she got some pretty serious separation anxiety. It made for extra snuggles and a lot of steam cleaning that week… Any sort of change really could upset your dog and lead to the worst kind of tummy problems.
· Look for any weird ticks and behaviors. Another major thing to look out for are their eating and drinking habits. Sick dogs don’t eat, so if that’s the case for you bring her in. Same goes if she’s much hungrier than usual, that can be a symptom of one of the types of worms. For that matter so can incessantly licking their butts. But on the other hand they can also lick their butts when they’re nervous or upset so again, use your judgment. The main way to know if it’s worms brings me to my last bullet of assessing the situation… and it’s a fun one you guys.
· Yah gotta observe their dung. You should be looking for concerning colors, foreign items, blood, and of course worms. All the above are red flags.
- How does one know if you’re looking at worms you ask? From what I’ve seen, you’ll know. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes but no matter the type if they are in the poop you won’t miss
em’. And unless the poop has been sitting there for a while and it’s dried up, they’ll be moving. However not all dogs that have worms have then show up in their poop so for about the millionth time… You guessed it… Use your judgment.
Once you know it’s nothing serious and you just want to soothe your fur baby’s stomach, you can try these tips.
If you or your dog have some sort of vendetta against pumpkin I’d imagine you could probably also try any other dog friendly veggie high in fiber like carrots, fresh green beans, or sweet potatoes.