You love your dog—at times, it’s probably one of your best friends. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore a potentially serious medical condition like diarrhea. Make sure to watch out for excessive symptoms and immediately bring your pooch to the vet if things look really bad. And don’t worry too much about any time you do have with a sick dog. They’ll make it up to you in snuggles the next time they’re feeling better!
Dogs need special care when they have diarrhea and there are steps that you can take to help them get better faster.
The first thing to do is figure out what’s causing the diarrhea. It could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as intestinal parasites or cancer. Diarrhea can also be caused by stress and anxiety, so you should try to make your dog as comfortable as possible.
Hold the dog’s food for 24 to 48 hours, depending on severity of symptoms.
- If your dog has diarrhea, hold off giving them food for 24 hours.
- If they are not eating or drinking because of their diarrhea, then you need to make sure that they have access to plenty of water (if you can see the water bottle is empty, it’s time to refill) and take them out for bathroom breaks frequently.
- If your dog’s symptoms are getting worse after 48 hours of just drinking water, contact a veterinarian!
Give the dog water frequently to help prevent dehydration.
If your dog is suffering from diarrhea, you should give him or her water frequently to help prevent dehydration. Give water before, during, and after the diarrhea episode. This will ensure that your pet has enough fluids in his or her system and that he or she doesn’t become dehydrated.
Wait 10 minutes before offering any food.
- Wait 10 minutes before offering any food. Your dog’s stomach has probably been upset, and it will help if you let your pet’s stomach settle down a bit before giving him or her any food.
- Let him or her get used to food again before you do so. When an animal is sick and not eating well for a few days, it’s often best not to introduce new foods until he or she has gotten back into the habit of eating regularly again—and this may take some time!
Increase the amount of rice in the mixture for more binding effects.
If your dog has diarrhea, you should first make sure it’s not from dehydration or malnutrition.
To check for dehydration: Check the dog’s gums, which should be pink and damp. If they’re pale and dry (a sign of dehydration), check its urine output as well—a normal dog urinates between six and 12 times a day, but if this number is higher or lower than usual (as well as if the dog is drinking less water), that could indicate dehydration.
If you think your pet may have become dehydrated due to diarrhea, contact a veterinarian immediately! Once at the vet’s office, he or she will likely give your pup fluids through an IV drip until its condition improves; this can take several hours depending on how serious your pet’s situation is.
Add more pumpkin if you feel the mixture needs it.
If you feel like the mixture needs more pumpkin, add it. This natural remedy is high in fiber and low in calories, making it a great way to help your dog with diarrhea. Pumpkin is also high in vitamin A and C, which are essential for a dog’s immune system. It’s also rich in potassium, which helps with hydration.
A dog with diarrhea might need some extra attention from you, but it’s good to know that it doesn’t have to be a complicated ordeal. Just like humans, dogs should be given plenty of water when they’re not feeling well so they can stay hydrated and healthy. If your furry friend is experiencing diarrhea symptoms for more than 24 hours or if there’s blood in their stool then you should contact your veterinarian right away!