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The most basic definition is that this is a condition where the bowel movements are loose and watery.  There is a great deal of variation in this though, as far as severity goes.  There are a few details that can help.  If the volume has increased, it may be a small intestine issue.  If the frequency increases, it will be a large intestine issue.  if there is a mucus discharge, this also is usually a large intestine issue.  If the feces are black and tarry, the condition is occurring high up in the gastrointestinal tract.  If the blood is more red, then it will be happening very low in the gastrointestinal tract.

Reasons for this condition are vast.  It can be anything from a change in food to disease or poison.  To know what course of action needs to be taken, be sure to pay attention to several details.  The volume and consistency of the feces matters greatly, as does the frequency.  The color of the feces and any mucus or blood discharge will help clarify what the issue is.  The scent of the feces can change drastically in some cases.  Rigidity in the abdomen can indicate pain.  The most important thing that should be looked for is if there is diarrhea and vomiting at the same time.  If this is the case, a vet should be seen immediately.  Symptoms can include:

  • Loose Feces
  • Liquid Feces
  • Flatulence
  • Yellow Feces
  • Black Tarry Feces
  • Metallic Smell
  • Frequent or Urgent Attempts to Deficate
  • Abdominal Cramping