How to treat diarrhea in dogs.
Fluid loss routes

Fluid is lost from the body by breathing/panting (insensible), normal urination or polyuria, (urinary), and normal bowel movements or diarrhea (fecal). They're called sensible losses because they can be easily detected and measured. Vomiting fits into the sensible category and when it's severe, dehydration can take place, as well as with diarrhea and polyuria.

Diarrhea can be a symptom of many different conditions, and if it persists, should be diagnosed by a vet. Home remedies are not recommended until a vet has definitively diagnosed the problem.

Some possibilities include food sensitivity and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

When diarrhea is a problem, the possibilities for both dehydration [1] and hypoglycemia increase. [2][3][4] The insulin dose you give depends partly on the meal being digested at a normal rate. When the food passing through the system speeds up in this manner, the insulin is still being absorbed at its usual rate. [5] It could mean that there's not enough food to match the insulin dose and a hypo could occur. You and your vet may want to temporarily decrease the insulin dose until you are both satisfied the diarrhea is under control. I16


  1. Fluid Loss From Diarrhea. Washington State University.
  2. Hanas, Ragnar (2006). Vomiting/Diarrhea. Children With Diabetes.
  3. Hanas, Ragnar (2006). Insulin Requirements Decrease With Diarrhea/Vomiting. Children With Diabetes.
  4. Hypoglycemia. Intervet UK.
  5. Other Medical Problems.

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