Pet care advice about Vomiting and Diarrhoea
Can be caused by a variety of factors and it is important that if persists for longer than 24 hours or is particularly frequent or severe then we should examine your animal. Please note that if your dog is going through the motions of being sick and NOT producing ANY vomit or seems very depressed or has a swollen belly then you should contact us straight away.
It is important that we should see the animal if:-
It has lasted longer than 2 days
Has blood present in diarrhoea
Is black and tarry looking
The animal is depressed and unresponsive
Has started vomiting with increased frequency
The animal is very young
The following symptoms should be noted:-
Frequency of diarrhoea?
How many times per day?
How long has your dog had diarrhoea for?
Are there secondary symptoms such as vomiting, straining?
Does your dog appear bright, or collapsed?
Is there blood or mucus in the diarrhoea?
What colour is the diarrhoea; brown, orange, green?
The general rule is that if the diarrhoea has lasted less than 48 hours and if your dog is reasonably bright, then probably there is not too much to worry about.
In these cases we recommend the following treatment for diarrhoea:-
1. STARVE FOR 24 HOURS.
Only water or an electrolyte solution such as Lectade ® should be given by mouth. Only give small quantities at a time, and this should be at body temperature. This means that the bacteria which are over-multiplying in the gut are starved of further food on which to grow.
2. RE-INTRODUCE FOOD SLOWLY.
Initially you should start with a LIGHT DIET such as Hills I/D or Royal Canin Digestive diet which are obtainable from us, and are specifically designed for diarrhoea cases. They contain all the correct nutrient requirements for your pet, and save you the bother of preparing fresh food for each meal. Alternatively, you can feed a white meat diet (chicken or fish, steamed or boiled, and fed with plain boiled rice) can be fed. Regardless of which diet you choose, it is important to feed little and often.
As long as the diarrhoea continues to lessen, the size of the meals can be slowly increased and the normal food reintroduced after about four or five days. Again, do this gradually over several days, mixing the normal food in with the bland diet. If you try and short-cut this procedure you may well upset things and be back where you started!
We also recommend using PROBIOTICS for cases of diarrhoea - using probiotics replaces the natural bacteria found in the gut.