Everyday a client brings a pet into the clinic for stomach or bowel trouble. The cause of vomiting and diarrhea can be due to a virus, giardia, coccidia, bacteria, or new food or treat. If the vomiting or diarrhea is severe and your pet looks ill,they may need a veterinary exam and tests to treat serious illnesses like parvo,pancreatitis, or obstructions. For example if your pet has a soft stool and is happy, some practical home remedies may work just fine. However if your pet is ill and resembles a brown rainbird when it goes potty, a vet visit is in order.
Puppies are especially prone to infections with parvovirus, giardia, and coccidia. A fresh stool sample will often help diagnose the infection. Puppies also chew anything and everything. A piece of a toy, plastic, foil, fabric, plant, cat poop, or something dead can upset the bowel or give a pup food poisoning (infection with bacteria). An unvaccinated puppy may suddenly become sick with a parvovirus infection and suffer from vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Puppies with suspected parvovirus infection should be checked out. A positive parvo test on a swab of the poop means the puppy may need fluids under the skin and oral medication to take home or IV fluids and medications in the hospital. Puppies with mild symptoms may improve with over the counter pepcid, oral fluids like gator-aid , and chicken baby food many times daily. (Dosages in Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies to the right of this blog or on http://dogdishdiet.com)
Mild diarrhea in dogs may respond to a 12-24 hour fast, then small amounts of white rice and chicken baby food(75/25) or just baby food alone over a day or two. You can also add a pinch of ground pumpkin seeds, half a tsp of non-spiced canned pumpkin, or a yogurt with probiotic to help the gut. Remember to feed smaller amounts 3 times per day to let the inflamed gut adjust to food again. After a couple days, you can reintroduce your dog to its normal diet.
Diarrhea in kittens can be due to giardia, coccidia, or food that didin’t agree with them. Fresh poop may show an infection or a recent change of food may be the culprit. Some cats are so sensitive to changes in food and will have occasional to constant bouts of vomiting or diarrhea. It may be helpful to switch to a canned or dry diet free of grains or a canned food for those with a touchy stomach or bowel. Remember that cats are carnivores and that our commercial diets are filled with grains and processing chemicals that may wreak havoc with the stomach and bowels of some sensitive cats. I have switched my cats to canned food, raw or cooked meat, and home cooked food. In fact I write about better choices for feeding cats in my new eBook “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet.” http://mcompublishing.flyingcart.com/?p=detail&pid=9&cat_id=0. If your cat has chronic diarrhea problems, try feeding a limited ingredient canned food or just cooked chicken for a week. If the diarrhea improves, y0u know that poultry is a good choice. If chicken doesn’t work try a few days of shrimp or tuna. These types of trials are called elimination diets to find out which ingredients are the best for your pet!
Many dogs suffer from allergies to grains or other ingredients in their food or treats. Wheat, corn, or beef are common allergens that can cause itchy skin, ear infections, anal gland pain and swelling, hotspots, and even seizures. ”Dog Dish Diet” is a book I wrote about helping dog owners decide the best type of food to feed their dogs. http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now .
Both books are about easy, practical, ways to feed your dog and “Feed Your Pet” has important advice for the cat owner. I have been a vet for thirty years and now realize that if owners fed differently, 20-30% of medical problems would disappear. My advice may help your dog or cat recover from health problems or avoid future ones.
Download the free PDF, “11 Practical Home Remedies ” to the right of this blog or at http://dogdishdiet.com for other tips to treat minor medical problems.