Causes of Cat and Dog Soft Stool

As a pet owner, it’s important to take notice when your pet’s bowel movements appear to be to harder or softer than usual. There are a lot of reasons outside of diet that could cause a dog or cat’s stool to soften – including medical issues that may require you visit your veterinarian.

What is causing my cat’s or dog’s soft stool?

The list of potential reasons for soft stools in dogs and cats is even longer, as this condition can be tied to a number of different causes, such as:

  • Infection
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Certain medications
  • Change in food
  • A primary gastrointestinal issue
  • Internal organ dysfunction
  • Certain toxins
  • Getting into the trash or ingestion of a foreign object

What should I do if my cat or dog continues to pass soft stools?

If soft stools continue for more than 24 hours or if you notice any other issues like vomiting, lethargy, blood or mucous in the stool or loss of appetite, your pet should be taken into see a veterinarian.

Catching this type of symptom early allows your veterinarian to possibly give early and proper treatment for other health issues. While examining your dog or cat’s stool can be a unpleasant for the pet owner, this preventive care tactic can make a positive impact on your pet’s long-term health.

You’re not in this uncomfortable task alone. All Banfield Optimum Wellness Plans for dogs and cats include fecal exams. You’ll also receive unlimited office visits. If you’re concerned about your pet’s stool, allow our pet experts to explore what’s causing the soft bowel movements.

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