Ailments & Conditions

Puppy Diarrhea – Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Diarrhea is one of the most common health issues in puppies. It can be caused by many reasons and would have different signs. If left untreated, it may lead to serious or life-threatening complications. Fortunately, most mild cases can be easily treated at home. This article shows you some common causes, symptoms, and treatments option for puppy diarrhea.

4 Causes of Diarrhea in Puppies


Due to their young ages, the immune systems of puppies are not developed fully. In addition, they have yet to receive the necessary vaccines to prevent infections. That’s why they are more vulnerable to viral or bacterial infections. Both forms should be treated quickly to prevent life-threatening complications. Viral infections like distemper and parvovirus would attack unvaccinated puppies and trigger diarrhea. Some prevalent bacterial infections in puppies include E. coli and salmonella. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of bacteria or virus strains that would infect your dogs. In addition to diarrhea, an infection can also lead to some other symptoms like reduced appetite, lethargy, or fever. [1]