Therefore, it is a good idea to have a quick look - You will be able to know if the consistency is normal and additionally be able to spot worms, as some types will be visible in the feces.
The definition of diarrhea is frequent or loose bowel movements. In this regard, the term loose can range from very wet stools that do not hold as shape to liquid diarrhea. When a Pomeranian has healthy bowel movements, they will occur 2 to 3 times per day. The consistency should be firm yet pliable; best described as dough like. If you were to pick it up, it would stay in one piece, but you would be able to squish it.
When a Pomeranian puppy or older dog has diarrhea, he may have frequent bowel movements, meaning 4, 5 or more per day. The other element will be that the feces will be too wet to theoretically pick up and have it hold its shape.
And of course, in severe cases, it will be a brown liquid with or without food particles. It is not uncommon for diarrhea to contain mucus; the mucus will often be substance normally found in the intestines to keep the colon lubricated, however it can be expelled with fecal matter quickly moves through the dog's body.
Causes of Diarrhea with the Pomeranian Breed
There are actually quite a few causes, so first let's look at the most common:
The 5 Most Common Reasons
1. Food intolerance
2. Ingestion of non-food substance, spoiled food or feces (his own or another dogs - *
See also - Pom eats poop)
3. Ingestion of spoiled or bacteria laden food
4. Viral or bacterial intestinal infection
5. Internal parasites including roundworms, giardia and coccidia
Other Possible Reasons Include:
A quick change in diet, kidney disease, liver disease, bowel disease, cancer, colitis, stress induced diarrhea, allergic reaction to food or medication, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
Other Signs and Symptoms
A Pomeranian with diarrhea may also have:
• Decreased appetite
How to Treat Your Pomeranian for Diarrhea at Home
Blood in the stools-
Fresh, red blood may be due to rips in the anal tissue if a puppy or dog has been having many bouts of expulsion, however it can also be a sign of worms, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis and particularly for puppies under the age of 1 year it may be a sign of Parvo (parvovirus). All of these possible causes are very serious and require medical treatment (more on this ahead)
Your Pom's temperature-
The normal body temperature of a dog is between 101 and 102.5 F (38°C to 39.2°C). To know if your Pomeranian has a fever, you will need to take his temperature rectally using a canine rectal thermometer. Swipe it with rubbing alcohol (both before and after use), dab it with petroleum jelly, with your Pom lying down gently move his tail to the side and gently insert it approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm).
If you suspect that your Pomeranian has Parvo, the thermometer should be cleaned with bleach, as rubbing alcohol does NOT kill the virus. (Or better yet, discard and replace it with a new one).
Signs of dangerous dehydration or electrolyte imbalance-
Severe weakness, signs of dizziness, pale lips and/or gums, blue lips and/or gums, refusal or inability to drink water and/or vomiting are all signs that a Pomeranian is becoming or has already developed dehydration and/or an electrolyte imbalance which can be very dangerous for this toy breed.
Diarrhea and vomiting together is a dangerous combination for any dog, but especially for a small toy breed such as the Pomeranian. In and of itself, this often causes rapid fluid loss and imbalances that can be fatal if not professionally treated. In addition, a combination of vomiting and diarrhea may be caused by ingestion of a poison, a severe allergic reaction or severe stage of worm infestation.
In addition, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) a very serious and sometimes fatal disease has 2 main symptoms: Diarrhea and vomiting. This must be treated with IV fluids and antibiotics - 90% of dogs properly treated by a veterinarian will survive this.