Definition of Diarrhea
Diarrhea is defined as the rapid movement of fecal matter through the digestive tract, involving poor absorption of water, nutrients and electrolytes and passage of soft, watery, unformed stools. Most people are familiar with diarrhea, whether from personal experience, having kids or owning pets. Diarrhea usually is a sign that something is bothering the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Some cases of diarrhea are caused by minor digestive distractions, such as when dogs eat people food or get into the garbage. Diarrhea can also be caused by more serious problems, like poisoning or systemic disease. Diarrhea can come on quickly, be severe and then go away. It also can happen gradually and last for a long time. Affected dogs often are nauseous and have intestinal cramping and pain. They can become dehydrated and depressed. Unless the underlying reasons for diarrhea are resolved, dogs can suffer from this unpleasant condition indefinitely.