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How to Help a Golden Retriever with Diarrhea

Diarrhea is an extremely common medical condition that affects dogs of all breeds, but it is more common with Labrador and Golden Retrievers. However, the good news is that this health problem is completely treatable and doesn’t pose any serious threat to your dog. It’s a simple condition, but dealing with it can be challenging at times. Remember, when treating diarrhea, you need to first take the underlying cause of the condition into account.


Learn How to Help a Golden Retriever with Diarrhea

To help you become better equipped to diagnose diarrhea and treat your Golden Retriever from this condition, we will cover everything about this illness. We will be showing you the symptoms of diarrhea in your dog and how you can prevent it from happening again. So, let’s get into how you can help your Golden Retriever with diarrhea without further ado.


Signs and Symptoms of Doggy Diarrhea

There are plenty of signs and symptoms that indicate your canine friend is going through a bad phase of diarrhea. When you become adept at picking up these signs, you can easily diagnose the condition and ensure your dog gets the treatment before it becomes a serious problem. Here are the common signs and symptoms you should be looking for:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Loose stools
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Appetite loss


If you notice any or all of the signs mentioned above, you shouldn’t hesitate to immediately take your Golden Retriever to the vet and get them tested for diarrhea.


6 Potential Causes of Diarrhea in Golden Retrievers

You may be wondering why diarrhea is such a common condition in Golden Retrievers, and we will provide all the answers you need. In general, the underlying problem is that Labrador and Golden Retrievers have hearty appetites. They simply love eating anything, from digestible to non-edible objects. However, if the condition is caught early and treated immediately, diarrhea can be easily stopped.


There are times when your dog has diarrhea but is acting and behaving completely fine. It could be due to other underlying conditions that have caused diarrhea. We have outlined some of the main causes of diarrhea in Golden Retrievers below, so you can better educate yourself.


1. Diet Changes

Just like how it is with humans, the Golden Retriever’s stomach can become understandably upset if there are any changes to the usual diet. For instance, if your pooch is used to eating a high-fat meal and you change it to high protein or a different brand all of a sudden, then this may cause diarrhea. Most times, changes in the Golden Retriever’s diet may cause your dog to have a soft stool and not diarrhea. That’s simply the stomach’s way of reacting to unexpected changes in the diet.


2. Intolerance of Some Food Products

Even dogs can suffer from food intolerance, and it is not something unique to them. Just like the many allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances that humans tend to experience. Your Golden Retriever might be allergic or sensitive to a particular food ingredient as well, and consuming them could be the cause of diarrhea.


3. Infections

Coronavirus, parvovirus, and distemper are all infections that are caused by viruses. They are regarded as severe canine infections, and when left untreated, they can become life-threatening for the canine. Diarrhea is a major indicator that your pet is suffering from any of those viral infections. Diseases caused by bacteria can cause loose stools and diarrhea in Golden Retrievers. Some examples of bacteria that cause loose bowel movements or diarrhea are salmonella, E-coli, Clostridia, and Campylobacter.


4. Parasites

Sometimes parasites can be the cause of diarrhea in your Golden Retriever. Roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and giardia are some of the parasites that can affect your dog’s intestinal tract. As a consequence, an infestation can often result in diarrhea and other deadly diseases.


5. Canine Scavenging

As the name suggests, most dogs are prone to scavenging and will consume just about anything that comes along their path, including rat poison, household cleaners, gopher poison, antifreeze, and more. Most of the ingested products can be life-threatening and may warrant an emergency visit to the vet. Others may simply cause bowel irritations such as diarrhea, so you should check with a vet if you know that your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t have consumed.


6. Toxins

There are many poisons and toxins out there that your canine friend can ingest to easily cause diarrhea. Other sources of toxins are human foods like onions, garlic, chocolates, and human drugs, such as tobacco, iron, aspirin, xylitol, lead, and more.


Treatment and Prevention for Dog Diarrhea

If your Golden Retriever is suffering from diarrhea, you should make sure that it is drinking plenty of clean water to prevent dehydration from setting in. You should feed your retriever with small bits of boiled rice or cooked chicken with water. I’ve found that canned pumpkin is another food that helps your dog recover. When my Golden Retriever had diarrhea, I gave her a large spoon full of pumpkin with each meal until the can was empty, and it did the charm. Now, I always keep some handy… You should continue feeding him this diet until the stools return to normal. If the condition worsens, you should take him to the vet immediately.

What Can You Give Your Dog to Stop the Diarrhea?

There are some home remedies and over-the-counter diarrhea medicine that you can use to help treat your dog’s diarrhea. One option for your Golden Retriever would be to give him Imodium, but you should first check with your vet before giving your dog any medication to be on the safe side.


Another easy remedy for treating diarrhea in your Golden Retriever is feeding him pumpkin. As pumpkin has a lot of good fiber, it is great for regulating stomach issues. You can use canned, cooked, steamed, or raw pumpkin to feed him, but make sure that you don’t overdo it.


Our Final Thoughts

When it comes to the health of your Golden Retriever, you shouldn’t take any precautions and always stay on top of the situation. Diarrhea may not be a major problem for your dog, but you should still be wary about it and get it treated as soon as you notice it. Most times, diarrhea signals an underlying illness or condition that your dog is suffering from, so don’t hesitate to take him to the vet when you first notice diarrhea.


About Lindsay

I love animals and have a beautiful Golden Retriever of my own. She's my baby and I definitely spoil her. She deserves it!