Typical Beagle Health Problems – Part 3

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Typical Beagle health ProblemsThis is Part 3 in our series of articles on preventing the most typical beagle health problems.

In parts 1 and 2 we have covered: ear infection, skin allergies, skin infections such as Pyoderma, also known as hot spots and vomiting. In part 3 we are going to deal with another common beagle health problem: diarrhea.

Typical Beagle Health Problems – Diarrhea

  • Common Causes:  There are several causes for diarrhea in dogs. According to Pet Web MD these are the most typical causes of diarrhea:

The two most common causes of diarrhea in dogs are dietary indiscretion and intestinal parasites. Many canine infectious diseases are also associated with acute diarrhea. The original article here.

Food intolerance can also cause rapid transit. Foods that some dogs seem unable to tolerate can include beef, pork, chicken, horsemeat, fish, eggs, spices, corn, wheat, soy, gravies, salts, spices, fats, and some commercial dog foods. Note that food intolerance is not the same as food allergy, which causes dermatitis and possibly vomiting, but rarely causes diarrhea.

 

Diarrhea is a common side effect of many drugs and medications, particularly the NSAIDs,which include aspirin. Some heart medications, some dewormers, and most antibiotics also can cause diarrhea.

 

Dogs can experience diarrhea when they’re excited or upset-for example, when they’re going to the veterinary hospital or a dog show. In fact, any sudden change in a dog’s diet or living circumstances may cause emotional diarrhea.

 

  • What Signals to Watch for:

Diarrhea can be a sign of disease or an upset intestinal tract. You should search in the diarrhea for blood, mucous, visible worms or parasites as well as for “unnatural” colors. It is also a good idea to bring a stool sample to your vet.

Other signals of disease to watch out for include: depression, dehydration, loss of appetite (beagle love food so this must be a really big deal) and vomiting.

  • What to Do:

Watch for the symptoms and report to your vet. If your beagle doesn’t show any other symptoms apart from the diarrhea, don’t feed them any food for a day. Water should be available to avoid dehydration, though.

The following day start with a simple diet of homemade rice and chicken. If this is enough to bring your beagle back to normal, you have probably found what caused the diarrhea in the first place. If not, consult with your vet.

If you don’t normally prepare homemade food for your beagle, you should GRADUALLY go back to their dry food to give the digestive system a chance to settle and adjust itself.

  • How to Prevent Diarrhea:

These are some steps you can take to prevent diarrhea in the first place:

Feed your beagle food that fits into a dog’s normal diet.

Avoid table scraps. Human food is not dog food.

Prevent your beagle from eating trash  and dog poop (I know, I know sometimes it is easier said than done with beagles).

Avoid changing your beagle’s diet too suddenly.

Remember that every beagle owner needs to have at least one good reference guide to their dog’s health to ensure that they live a long and healthy life and to know exactly when it is time to consult a vet and what to do about the typical beagle health problems that most often than not don’t require 100% of the times expensive vet consultations. We recommend that you check this one out “The Ultimate Guide to Dog’s Health”.

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