Does salt water give dogs diarrhea?

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asked Jul 2 in Dogs by jombredor89 (820 points)
Does salt water give dogs diarrhea?

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answered Jul 10 by XincaiMao (3,910 points)

Salt water does give dogs diarrhea when they consume it.

If a dog is out in the ocean or sea and then ingests salt water they can get a stomach ache, vomiting and also diarrhea.

It's not gonna harm your dog if they happen to drink a little bit of salt water but you should try and keep your dog from ingesting salt water.

When a dog ingests salt water, the excess salt draws water from the blood into the intestines, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration.

Salt water also disrupts the fluid balance in your dog.

A human who ingests or consumes salt water can also experience diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain etc.

Salt water has an osmotic effect on the intestinal tract of a dog.

This means that salt water tends to ''pull," or attract, water into a dog's intestines.


A dog affected by beach diarrhea will obviously develop diarrhea with an urgency to go frequently in small or large amounts.

The dog may strain to evacuate, a condition known as ''tenesmus,'' and the stools may appear bloody and covered with mucus.

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