What Does Bacteria In The Stool Mean?


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Anonymous answered
Unfortunately, I don't know what comment prompted you ask this question... But I'll answer as best I can given the information provided. The intestinal tracts of all animals (including humans) contain beneficial bacteria which help to break down/digest the foods that are eaten and allow us to extract nutrients. If the pup has diarrhea, the last thing you want to do is get rid of the beneficial intestinal bacteria, that will only make matters worse. There are actually products on the market to repopulate or boost the numbers of beneficial bacteria in the gut, they're a very important part of a healthy digestive system.

If your vet was the one who mentioned intestinal bacteria, and prescribe antibiotics to get rid of them, than I can only assume that there was a misunderstanding and he was referencing these beneficial forms of bacteria as a good thing your dog has in his intestinal system to help with his recovery.

Hope that helps... And hope your pups feeling better soon.. Good luck.

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michael jenkins answered
I think the most important thing to remember is if the animal is taking fluids if the animal continues to have diarrhoea dehydration can occur and can be fatal.!but if as you say the animal is eating and drinking things should not be to much to worry about be careful not to give young animals medicines as there body's will not be able to cope with the effects of said medicines most of the time the mothers milk gives the animal the antibody's to fight off such infections

Bacterial infections. Several types
of bacteria consumed through contaminated
food or water can cause
diarrhea. Common culprits include
Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella,
and Escherichia coli (E. Coli).
• Viral infections. Many viruses cause
diarrhea, including rotavirus, Norwalk
virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex
virus, and viral hepatitis.
• Food intolerances. Some people are
unable to digest food components such
as artificial sweeteners and lactose—
the sugar found in milk.
• Parasites. Parasites can enter the
body through food or water and settle
in the digestive system. Parasites
that cause diarrhea include Giardia
lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and

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