If pain is severe, a dog may snap at his owners even if this is completely out-of-place behavior.)
- Bloating can occur due to gases in the digestive tract, however with the Poodle one must always be mindful of the possibility of bloat.
- While all dogs (and humans) have some flatulence, when a Poodle has an upset stomach, he will pass gas quiet frequently and the smell
may be quite harsh.
-Mucus in the stool
- Mucus that you may see in bowel movements is actually a thick, liquid substance that is created in the intestines - it helps to lubricate the colon and move things along - but when a dog has an upset tummy, a sometimes substantial amount of this is expelled along with the feces.
- To be classified as diarrhea, stools are either very frequent (2 or 3 times more than normal) or very wet - which includes anything from loose stools to liquid feces. A normal, healthy stool will be a consistency that resembles dough; if you were to pick it up, it would stay in one piece yet be pliable.
- While IBS can cause diarrhea with some Poodles, it can cause constipation
with others. For those Poodles that have chronic stomach upset, there may be a change back and forth from both conditions. In general, a dog should have a health bowel movement 2 to 3 times per day. With many, the act of eating triggers the movement. Yet, Poodles with constipation issues will strain, have very hard stools and/or have infrequent stools (1 every 3 days for example).
While only a veterinarian can diagnose true IBS, if a Poodle has all or most of the above symptoms, than IBS is a probable cause.
If your Poodle has 1 or 2 of the above signs, this points to stomach problems, however this does not automatically mean that the puppy or dog has IBS.