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What to Do When Your Pet Has Diarrhoea: A Comprehensive Guide

Diarrhoea in pets can be a common issue, but it's essential to know how to respond when your pet is suffering from this condition. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to do when your pet has diarrhoea.


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Understanding Diarrhoea in Pets

Diarrhoea is a condition characterized by loose or liquid stools. It can be caused by

various factors, including changes in diet, stress, ingestion of foreign objects, toxins, or

poisons, and infections from parasites, viruses, or bacteria.


Home Remedies for Mild Diarrhoea

For mild cases of diarrhoea, you can try some home remedies. Fasting your pet for

12-24 hours can help clear out their intestinal tract. After fasting, you can introduce a

bland diet of plain-cooked white rice with some chicken and canned pumpkin.


Medications for Diarrhoea

In some cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications to resolve diarrhoea. These

could include intestinal protectants or certain over-the-counter medications. However,

always consult your veterinarian before giving any medication to your pet.


The Importance of a Healthy Gut Microbiome

Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome is crucial for your pet's overall health. A balanced

diet, regular exercise, and proper hydration can help promote a healthy gut microbiome

and prevent diarrhoea.


When to Consult Your Veterinarian

While mild cases of diarrhoea may resolve on their own, it's crucial to consult your

veterinarian if your pet exhibits symptoms such as blood in stool, vomiting, lack of

appetite, weakness, or signs of dehydration. These symptoms could indicate a more

serious underlying health issue. If you feel your pet needs medical attention, don't hesitate to reach out to our clinic for help.

1 Comment


Harribo99
Feb 28

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