Anything that upsets the digestive tract, e.g. garbage eating, change of diet, vitamin C overdose, consumption of greasy foods, intestinal parasites, food allergies, food intolerance, food poisoning etc. can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea may also occur as a reaction to certain vaccinations.
There are times when diarrhea is a warning sign of a more serious condition e.g. canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, pavoviral gastroenteritis, coronaviral gastroenteritis, leptospirosis (7-day fever), pancreatitis, cancer, or a reaction to certain treatments such as chemotherapy.
Your pet's stools are too soft and watery, and he is likely to have difficulty holding defecation.
How it works?
If your Schnauzer is passing diarrhea with a small amount of mucus but no blood, it is advisable to withold food but not water from your dog for 24 hours. Then put him on a bland diet with rice and lean meat such as chicken breast and observe for another 24 hours. If the symptoms disappear, you can gradually reintroduce his regular diet but don't start pumping food into your dog. Instead break a large meal into smaller but more frequent meals to begin with.
However, if the symptoms do not go away after your Schnauzer is put on bland diet, or you notice blood in his diarrhea earlier on, you should rush him to the vet. In serious cases, diarrhea can lead to dehydration, and intravenous injections will be required. Your dog may have to be hospitalized and tests will be run to identify the problems. Depending on what causes diarrhea, your vet may or may not use medications to stop it. Your vet will also determine the underlying cause of diarrhea and treat it separately. Fasting is a must and water maybe withheld for diarrhea arising from acute pancreatitis.
For the less severe cases of diarrhea, you can treat your dog at home. Fiber absorbs a lot of water in the intestines and so it may stop diarrhea. After the first episode of diarrhea (provided their is no blood), feed your Schnauzer half to one teaspoon of pumpkin or flaxseeds and see if it works. If he goes on with more episodes of diarrhea, you should put your Schnauzer on a fast for 24 hours as described previously.
Until your Schnauzer fully recovers from diarrhea, there isn't much you can do on the dietary level. However, you can relieve your dog's abdominal cramps that often come with diarrhea. Either one of the antispasmodic oils, basil or pepermint, may be blended with vegetable oil on a 1 to 1 ratio. Rubbing the mixture on the tips of your Schnauzer's ears may reduce the pain.
Vi-Pro PlusVaccine Reactions The reactions to many vaccines against infectioous canine diseases differ from dog to dog, but it is not uncommon to see some degree of reactions such as fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo-K and Vi-Pro Plus are two homeopathic remedies that can be used to safely discourage diarrhea and vomiting resulting from parvo and canine distemper vaccines respectively. Vi-Pro Plus may also be used to soothe symptoms of vaccines against other viral infections. Use under the supervision of a homeopathic or holistic vet.
Bowel Maintenance A herbal and homeopathic remedy called RuniPoo Relief can be used regularly to support the overall digestive balance, production of firm stools, and maintain healthy bowel functioning.
Soon after your Schnauzer recovers from diarrhea, you should help him restore his body's natural balance by giving him additional beneficial bacteria along his diet. NF Spectra Probiotic contains a form of good bacteria called lactobacillus acidophilus which is effective in restoring intestinal balance. Alternatively, you may feed your Miniature Schnauzer one tablespoon of live-culture yogurt, or one-and-a-half to two tablespoons for Standard and Giant Schnauzer.
Dogs respond to supplements and alternative treatments differently. Consult your vet before applying any of these remedies or making any dietary changes to your Schnauzer. Dogs known to have other medical conditions should only receive alternative treatments or supplements under the supervision of your vet. In any case, supplements should be introduced gradually and, preferably, only one new supplement at a time.