If your puppy or dog has diarrhea, don´t panic. It´s not as deadly as you think.
In my previous post I discussed how to treat dog vomiting. But in some cases, you may have to deal with dog vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. If you want to know how to stop the vomiting, go ahead and check those tips. But this article will deal with how to stop dog diarrhea.
Diarrhea in dogs is a symptom indicating an inflammation of the intestines.
It may be caused by improper feeding, spoiled food, poisons, irritating drugs, and intoxication. It may accompany disturbances of the liver, rickets, and distemper.
The stools may be soft and pasty or thin and watery. They may be yellow, brown, black or red. In frequency they may vary from one every twenty-four hours to one every hour. As the disease progresses the stools grow thinner in consistency and more frequent.
With the first onset of diarrhea you should give your dog a purge to clean the intestinal tract of the offending material. Castor oil, citrate of magnesia, or epsom salts may be used in liberal doses.
Food and water should be stopped for twenty-four hours.
After purging, the dog can be given bismuth subnitrate in five or ten grain doses, every one to four hours, depending on the severity of the attack.
If you choose to give food, see to it that what you give consist of small quantities of meat, with perhaps a puppy or dog biscuit at frequent intervals.
Water, if given, should be boiled and allowed only in very small quantities at a time, but frequently. It is better to use barley water, oatmeal gruel, or eggs with milk, because of their mucilaginous nature which helps to protect the mucous membranes.
If after performing this home remedy and diarrhea still persists, consult your vet.