if my dogs get diarrhea i usually fast them for 12-24 hours and then go back to feeding them their regular food, with some yogurt mixed in it. i wouldn't withhold water though.
if it is a little breed i wouldnt fast it at all as little breeds can become hypoglycemic very quickly. instead i would feed him/her very bland food, like boiled chicken and rice until the diarrhea stops. plain yogurt would be good also.
if it doesnt clear up in a day or two then i would have the dog checked out as medication may need to be given to stop it.
***Edited By: scout1 on 2/25/2007 5:07:59 PM*** Reason: x
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Thanks so much to all of you! I was hopeing the pepto bismo was ok. I went very slow with it. He's doing better but now he's still passing some bad smelling gas from time to time. I'll try some boiled chicken and rice tomorrow. I'm very happy that I've found all of you. Thanks again. By the way, Scout 1. My maltese is named Scout. Now I know why I couldn't use his name for my member name.
What a great community you have here. My names Kevin and I'm just crazy about dogs, aren't they great...
There's always been two areas which I've struggled with over the years.
1/. Is doing whatever I can to keep my dogs healthy and full of life and vitality, and
2/. Dealing with my dogs bad behavior
So I've spent a lot of time researching and looking around the net, and it's forums like this which have been able to help me out tremendously.
If you have any tips or ideas, please feel free to let me know.
Anyway I saw this post about Diarrhea and wanted to pass on some great advice given to me.
Diarrhea in dogs often happens because of eating something rotten from the outside, or even from getting into a chemical inside of the house. There are times when he may have an intestinal virus that could be the cause. Perhaps you suddenly changed his diet which may be a contributing factor to the problem.
Below are several tips in which you can use to effectively help your dog recover from diarrhea:
1. Do not let your dog have a continual feeding of food in the dish. If you stop putting food in your pet, then he will stop having to use the bathroom. So it is obvious that once you notice your dog has the runs, simply stop feeding him for 24 hours after the onset of diarrhea. This alone could be enough to knock out the problem. However, if after 24 hours have gone by and there is still a problem with your dog's bowel movement, then contact your vet immediately because something could be seriously wrong.
2. Try feeding your dog bland foods for a while to keep her stomach calm. When your dog is ready to begin eating again you may want to have a week at feeding bland foods to keep her digestive system calm. Such bland foods may be skinless chicken or cooked white rice. Another ideal food that fits perfectly for the sour stomach is boiled hamburger meat.
3. Remove any dairy products from your dog's diet. Because most dogs lack the enzyme “lactase”, they have a very difficult time digesting milk. Lactase is needed to properly digest the sugar in milk.. If you are feeding your dog any type of milk product and she has diarrhea, then completely eradicate milk from her food choices. You will see dramatic improvement within days.
4. Keep your dog's system flowing with plenty of liquids. When your dog has diarrhea, his body is depleted of liquids and essential fluids. Be sure to keep your dog's water bowl full at all times. And like people, dog's also loose a lot of minerals when their body is depleted of fluids, so it is a good idea to keep a separate bowl filled with Gatorade. Gatorade is an excellent liquid that will help your dog's body with getting enough of the potassium and sodium that it lost.
Anus: The anus will often get inflamed because of excessive diarrhea which causes the surrounding tissue to become irritated and get infected with bacteria. When the dog is suffering from diarrhea, you can keep the anus clean by dabbing it gently using a damp cloth. Do not rub the area to avoid further irritation. Pat it dry and apply calendula ointment two to three times a day.
I use canned pure pumpkin... my akita pups have had diarreha three times in the past 3 months and the pumpkin clears it up by the next time they need to poop. A couple of teaspoons each is enough usually.
to eliminate the gas, try giving him some plain yogurt. That usually stops it. Make sure the food you are feeding does not contain yeast
Kevin, some of your information could be very dangerous for many dogs. These small ones, especially puppies cannot go anywhere near that long with no food as they become hypoglycemic very easily which often leads to seizures & even death.
Also, a bland diet is boiled rinsed chicken or hamburg AND rice (about 1/3 meat) not just one of the three. Perhaps that is what you meant to write.