Three steps to stop pet diarrhea
What do you do if your pet has diarrhea?
As a Professional Pet Stylist, I encountered pets that had diarrhea. This can be a worrisome situation because this usually means your pet isn't feeling their best. Sometimes the cause of the pets upset tummy corrects itself.
Other times, it is because of an underlying health issue. If there is blood in the stool, a vet should be contacted immediately. This also goes for elderly dogs and puppies who have diarrhea.
At what point should you see a vet and when it is okay to wait? I am not a veterinarian and you should always check with your vet if you feel the slightest bit worried. They will gladly assist and guide you.
|Certain treats can cause digestive disturbances|
First, you need to assess what could have caused diarrhea-
Here are some common reasons for diarrhea-
- A fast switch in pet food can cause loose stool if you have not diversified your pet's diet.
- A new treat or bone
- Table scraps (the day after Thanksgiving was never fun in the pet salon)
- Something a pet ate outside
- Metabolic disorders
- A viral infection
- Toxic houseplant
|Diarrhea does not follow the rules|
#2 Choose a bland diet
#3 Use Slippery Elm or anti-diarrhea medicine
As a pet groomer, I overheard many pet experts say to give a dog canned pumpkin. Other vets recommend this as well.
Start off slow as it can be too much fiber.
It is recommended that 1-4 tablespoons can be added to their food. They are supposed to stick to a bland diet.
Sometimes a pet needs veterinary attention if they have diarrhea. Diarrhea can lead to lethal dehydration, lethargy, and health issues. Avoid dehydration, choose a bland diet, and add pumpkin, herb, or anti-diarrheal. Check with your vet if it has been over 24 hours.
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Here are some great articles for further resource-
Cat Diarrhea: When is it Serious and How Do I Stop It?
Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker