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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.

Stress changes the normal bacterial flora in the intestine, and severe stress can change motility, causing an increase in the numbers of bacteria and diarrhoea results.

Proving stress-induced diarrhoea is a difficult problem for veterinary clinicians. Other causes of diarrhoea have to be eliminated before such a diagnosis can be made. Typically such dogs pass normal faeces in the morning, but later in the day they pass diarrhoea. Often owners can relate the occurrence of diarrhoea with a stressful event.

Breed Occurrence

German Shepherd dogs are said to have a predisposition to develop stress-related diarrhoea.