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How to Stop Diarrhea in Dogs


Diarrhea is a common problem in dogs, mostly because they will put almost anything in their mouth. It can also be caused by more serious problems, which requires close attention, especially if it occurs frequently.


Dog Diarrhea: What To Watch For


Loose stools are, of course, the main indicator of diarrhea. The intestinal problems may also be accompanied by vomiting.


Primary Causes of Diarrhea in Dogs


Though disease and infection can cause diarrhea, it is often due to scavenging activities, such as eating table scraps and swallowing of small objects, or sudden changes in diet.


Immediate Care for Dog Diarrhea


If the dog is not vomiting:


  1. Remove the food from his bowls and limit the dog to just water for twelve hours.
  2. Make sure the dog has plenty of clean water to drink, to avoid dehydration.
  3. Give the dog a small meal of cooked chicken and white rice. It will be the dog's diet until the stool consistency returns to normal.
  4. If the diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours or you start seeing bloody stools or mucus-coated stools, call your vet immediately.


If the dog is vomiting mildly:


  • Remove all food and water for 12 hours.
  • To avoid dehydration, give the dog ice cubes to lick or a little soda water every hour (a teaspoon for small dogs, a tablespoon for larger breeds).
  • When the vomiting stops, give the dog a small amount of cooked chicken and white rice. A small amount of water can also be reintroduced.
  • Wait two hours to see if the dog vomits, then another small meal of cooked chicken and rice.
  • Continue this treatment until the stool consistency returns to normal.

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    09/12/2014 01:28am

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