Cockapoos are adorable cross-breeds that look like miniature cocker spaniels with poodle tails. They’re also prone to developing the same gastrointestinal issues as their parent breeds, Cocker Spaniels and Poodles.
Like any dog, a healthy cockapoo can experience occasional bouts of diarrhoea or vomiting, but extended cases can be a sign of something more serious. Fortunately, most instances of diarrhoea are short-lived and require little intervention on your part.
If your pup experiences frequent bouts of diarrhoea or has a particularly severe case, however, there are some things you can do to help prevent recurrence.
If you own a cockapoo (or any type of hybrid dog), you’re probably aware they have specific dietary needs as compared to either parent breed. Because they’re hybrids made from two non-identical breeds, they can have difficulties processing certain nutrients and vitamins; this is where a diet rich in natural fibre comes into play.
While some supplements can potentially lead to negative side effects in dogs, keeping your pup’s diet wholesome and natural helps ensure they remain happy and healthy from the inside out.
What to Expect When Your Cockapoo Has Diarrhoea
Cockapoos are prone to bouts of diarrhoea just like any other dog breed, but you might notice it’s more frequent in hybrids than other types of dogs.
Chances are, your pup’s diarrhoea will subside on it’s own within a week or two, but it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on them. There are a few different things that can cause diarrhoea in dogs, and although it’s not a serious condition, it can become serious if you don’t take care of it quickly.
When your cockapoo has diarrhoea, they might also have a few other gastrointestinal symptoms. You might notice they are vomiting, or they might be experiencing constipation (or both). Like diarrhoea, these are signs that your pup’s system is out of balance and requires some attention.
What Causes a Cockapoo’s Diarrhoea?
There are a few different causes of diarrhoea in dogs, and if your cockapoo has experienced it, they may experience some of these symptoms. Your pup may experience nausea, vomiting, constipation and dehydration if they have had diarrhoea for more than a day.
If their condition isn’t remedied quickly, they may experience severe dehydration (which can lead to seizures and other complications).
Cockapoos that consume foods that are high in fat and fibre are more likely to experience diarrhoea. Dietary fibre is a good thing for your pup, but if they consume too much, there’s a chance that their system won’t be able to handle it. Excessive fibre in your pup’s diet can lead to diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems. Having enough fibre in your Cockapoo’s diet can also help with anal gland issues.
If you would like to know more about anal gland issues in Cockapoos, we have written a blog post which you can check out here – Cockapoo Anal Glands | Help & Where to Go (mycockapoopuppy.com)
How to Stop Your Cockapoo From Having Diarrhoea
If your cockapoo has had diarrhoea for longer than a day, it may be time to take some action.
If your pup’s diarrhoea seems to be improving, you may be able to wait it out, but if it’s getting worse or you see any signs of dehydration, you should take them to the vet.
It’s important to rule out any serious causes of diarrhoea in dogs, including dietary issues and parasites.
If your cockapoo has eaten too much fibre, you can try cutting back on their diet. If they’ve had the runs because they’ve consumed something their system can’t handle, you can try switching their diet to see if that helps.
It’s also important to keep an eye on your Cockapoo when you take them for a walk or when they are playing outside and try to ensure that they don’t eat anything off the floor that they shouldn’t, that could cause them to be ill.
Cockapoos are sweet and playful dogs that love cuddles and affection just as much as their parent breeds.
Like any dog, though, cockapoos can experience health issues. Cockapoos are prone to bouts of diarrhoea, which can be troubling, but most instances are short-lived and don’t require much intervention on your part.
If your pup experiences frequent diarrhoea or has a particularly severe case, however, there are some things you can do to help prevent recurrence.
Keeping your cockapoo’s diet wholesome and natural helps ensure they remain happy and healthy from the inside out. You can also help prevent diarrhoea by limiting their access to high-fibre foods and providing plenty of water.