Caution Statement: No information on this website is a substitute for advice from your veterinarian. If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, their condition requires medical attention:

Has blood in diarrhea and the stool is black
Your dog may have ingested something toxic or poisonous
Your dog is lethargic and depressed
Your dog has a fever
The presence of pale or yellow gums
Your dog is a puppy and hasn’t received all recommended vaccinations yet
Your dog is in pain
Your dog is vomiting

Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs

Dogs, especially puppies, can get into things that they shouldn’t. Things that smell interesting are not always safe for dogs and, as pet parents, it is our job to keep them away from dangers such as:

  • Garbage
  • Toxins and heavy metals
  • Yard debris

Other causes of diarrhea in dogs can be traced to a change in diet such as

  • Switching brands of dog foods
  • Feeding a higher fat-content food or table scraps loaded with fat


You will find incidences of diarrhea that are caused by, or worsened by, these conditions:

Parasites and worms
Bacterial infections such as salmonella and E. coli
Viral infections
Intestinal bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine
Pancreatitis complications
Inflammatory bowel disease
An obstruction in the intestines

As varied as these causes are, diarrhea treatments are just as varied and can include a blander diet, dewormers, antibiotics, IV fluids, surgery, and chemotherapy. Your veterinarian will know which course of treatment is recommended for your dog if their diarrhea is caused by any of the above-cited conditions.

Your veterinarian may recommend Diarrice™ to soothe their gut and protect it if a blander diet is prescribed. Please check with your vet about the suitability of Diarrice™ for ongoing gastrointestinal health and support.