Home treatment or an emergency trip to the vet? We’re here to help.
Accidents don’t necessarily mean a broken bone, requiring an immediate trip to the vet – an ‘accident’ in the form of poop all over your house could be indicative of a more serious, underlying issue which could mean further attention is necessary. We take a look at how to tackle the rather messy business of diarrhoea.
What is diarrhoea:
According to Dr. Megan Kelly, “Diarrhoea is a loose or watery stool often presented with increased frequency. It may or may not be associated with vomiting. The majority of cases of diarrhoea are caused by scavenging old food and rubbish. We call this ‘garbage disease’ and it usually resolves within 24-48 hours.”
What to do when your poor pet is suffering:
Remove all access to food, limit water intake and simply observe your dog for 24 hours. Often, it’s just the digestive system that is irritated and it needs to settle down of its own accord. After 24 hours, if the diarrhoea has subsided, introduce bland food such as white rice mixed with boiled chicken. A good probiotic and a natural diarrhoea treatment will also speed up recovery and will help restore a healthy balance of bacteria in your pet’s gut.
When you should take your pet to the vet:
How to prevent diarrhoea: