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Posted on 06-02-2017

Causes of Dog Diarrhea

If your dog is sick, it's always worrisome, but especially so when you notice s/he's having a bit of dog diarrhea. Of course, a visit to your Los Angeles veterinarian in Studio City, Animal Emergency Centre, is the quickest way to ensure your dog's safety and return to health. Until you can get to the veterinary clinic, here is some valuable information to help you remain calm and handle your dog's health issue wisely. 

Dog Diarrhea

What Could be Causing Dog Diarrhea?

  • Eating spoiled food
  • Eating something that's technically inedible (chewing and swallowing rope, carpet, toy parts, etc.)
  • Intestinal blockage (from food, or an inedible item)
  • Dietary changes
  • Sensitive tummy (digestive tract)
  • Medication side effects, or allergy to meds
  • Poison or toxic substance ingested (eaten or drunk)


  • Bacterial infection
  • Parasites (which can cause bacterial infection)
  • Virus
  • Funguses

Systemic Diseases, including:

  • Diabetes and diseases of the pancreas
  • Addison’s disease (adrenal gland disorder)
  • Liver or kidney disease

Dog Diarrhea and Related Symptoms

If you notice your dog suffering these symptoms, especially if there is no minor, obvious cause--call your LA veterinary clinic immediately:

  • Watery feces and/or higher than normal poop volume
  • Urgency to empty bowels and/or "accidents"
  • Abdominal pain
  • Straining to empty the bowels
  • Bloody feces
  • Mucus in feces
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Weakness, fatigue, inactivity

Dog Diarrhea Diagnosis at our Emergency Vet in Los Angeles

When a patient has diarrhea, our LA veterinarian in the Studio City area immediately performs a comprehensive examination to locate the source of sudden dog diarrhea. Tell our vet about anything you think might have caused your dog's loose stools. Especially mention any recent changes in your dog’s life or diet, and other symptoms besides loose bowels. We’ll order blood tests and digital x-rays (done right here on site) to quickly narrow down the source of your dog’s illness, such as ingested objects or internal inflammation/disease. We may also perform fecal testing for infections and parasites, and more testing if necessary. 

For After-Hours Emergency Pet Care, Call Your Emergency Veterinarian in Studio City

If your dog has diarrhea, see (or at least call) your LA vet immediately. At the Animal Emergency Centre, we're on call to help your pet in an emergency or urgent care situation--every night and throughout the weekend. Contact our dedicated Los Angeles veterinarian immediately at our Animal Emergency Centre by calling 818-760-3882.

For emergency pet care after hours, call 818-760-3882.

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