Jack Russell Terrier and chronic diarrhoea! What should I do? Dietary changes and solutions

Question:

I have a Jack Russell Terrier dog called Pip. Unfortunately, he often suffers from diarrhoea, which is very annoying for him and for me.

What dietary changes would you recommend that would eliminate his diarrhea? Are there any foods we should avoid? Are there foods that will help stabilize my dog's gut flora?

Veterinary answer:

"Hi! I'm very sorry to hear that your Jack Russell Terrier often has diarrhoea!

First of all, it is very important to consult a veterinarian in person, as there are many possible causes of chronic diarrhea!

The cause of diarrhea can be a food allergy, it could be parasites, or a gastrointestinal problem, and many more besides.

I certainly have some suggestions for dietary changes.

First, your puppy may be sensitive to certain protein sources.

If he's been getting a lot of beef or chicken in his diet lately, try changing the protein source. Fish or turkey may be a good alternative to these. See if these changes help your symptoms.

Secondly, try adding some fibre to your puppy's diet.

Fibre can help regulate bowel movements and stabilise stools. Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and almost all dogs love it!

Third, don't give your dog fatty foods!

High fat foods can strain your puppy's gastrointestinal tract and cause diarrhea. So, try to cut down on fatty foods. Examples are bacon or fatty meats.

Finally, introducing probiotics and prebiotics can also help.

These products can support gut flora and stabilise bowel movements. But always speak to your vet personally before giving your dog any new supplements to find the most appropriate product and dosage.

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It is important that any new food is introduced gradually into your dog's diet to allow his stomach and intestines to get used to it.

I hope your pet will feel better soon!"