- Frequent Bowel Movements: Your pet may have more bowel movements than usual, and these can be loose, watery, or mucous-laden.
- Blood in Stool: Diarrhea may contain visible blood or appear dark and tarry.
- Vomiting: Some pets with infectious diarrhea may vomit, which can worsen dehydration.
- Lethargy: Your pet may appear tired, weak, and lack energy.
- Loss of Appetite: Infectious diarrhea can lead to a decreased interest in food.
- Abdominal Pain: Your pet may show signs of discomfort or pain in the abdominal area, such as whining or arching their back.
- Fever: An elevated body temperature can accompany infectious diarrhea.
- Dehydration: Diarrhea can cause fluid loss, leading to dehydration. Signs of dehydration include sunken eyes, dry gums, and increased thirst.
- Weight Loss: Chronic or severe infectious diarrhea can result in weight loss.
- Straining: Your pet may strain when trying to defecate, even if there's little or no stool.
- Foul-Smelling Stool: The diarrhea may have a particularly unpleasant odor.
Signs of Infectious Diarrhea in Pets
Infectious diarrhea in pets can be caused by a variety of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites. If your pet is experiencing infectious diarrhea, you may observe the following signs: