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Investigating and treating chronic diarrhoea in dogs


Background: Diarrhoea is a common complaint in dogs and may cause significant patient morbidity and owner distress. It can be a clinical manifestation of gastrointestinal disorders (primary enteropathy) or non-gastrointestinal disorders (secondary enteropathy) and may often be accompanied by other clinical signs such as vomiting, weight loss and changes in appetite. Diarrhoea is considered to be chronic if it lasts more than three weeks or is seen intermittently over a period of one month or more. Effective treatment of chronic diarrhoea benefits from the identification of the underlying disease process.

Aim of the article: This article discusses the investigation, treatment and major causes of chronic diarrhoea in dogs, with a focus on primary enteropathies.

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