Diarrhea is rarely a life-threatening emergency. Diarrhea becomes an emergency if it has become profuse, bloody, or if the animal is having other problems including vomiting or is acting lethargic (tired or depressed). If your pet has had diarrhea that has suddenly become worse, a veterinarian should evaluate him or her. Young puppies/kittens and older debilitated animals can succumb to serious problems from diarrhea. A veterinarian should evaluate them as soon as possible. Offering a bland diet for 1 to 2 meals can treat occasional diarrhea. If the diarrhea becomes more frequent or is bloody, the pet should be taken to the veterinarian. In young dogs that have not had their vaccines, more serious viral diseases can be responsible for the diarrhea. Parvovirus can cause very bloody diarrhea and vomiting and result in death if the animal is not treated appropriately. Any dog that develops diarrhea seems depressed and won't eat should be seen by a veterinarian.
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