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Issue number 26.1 GI tract

Weaning diarrhea in puppies

Published 12/03/2021

Written by Aurélien Grellet

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Gastrointestinal diseases are some of the most frequent problems reported in dogs, with puppies being at higher risk of diarrhea than adult animals; about 10-25% of all puppies will have digestive problems at some point in the first year of life. 

Weaning diarrhea in puppies

Key points

Weaning diarrhea is a complex phenomenon with multi-factorial origins. Various infectious and non-infectious causes may simultaneously, and in synergy, damage the health of the gastrointestinal tract.


Type-2 canine parvovirus is one of the main agents involved in weaning diarrhea. Although it can cause severe systemic signs, the virus may simply alter the stool quality without impacting on general health.


Prevention of weaning diarrhea requires both medical prophylaxis and implementation of management protocols designed to maintain health.


 

Introduction

Gastrointestinal diseases are some of the most frequent problems reported in dogs 1 2 3, with puppies being at higher risk of diarrhea than adult animals; about 10-25% of all puppies will have digestive problems at some point in the first year of life 4 5. The aim of this article is to review the factors which can affect a puppy’s digestive health and to discuss procedures that will help both manage and prevent this problem. 
 

 

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