Home care for diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is a very common problem in pets, fortunately it often passes within 1-2 days.
If your pet has diarrhoea (without blood or mucus) but is otherwise happy, well and behaving normally you could try to settle them at home. If they don’t improve quickly or you are concerned about them at any point book an appointment with your vet.
Suggestions to settle your pet’s stomach:
A bland diet
An easy-to-digest diet can speed up recovery. Don’t give your pet anything rich or fatty – this could make their diarrhoea much worse! Plain white rice or plain boiled chicken (without skin or bones) can be used in the very short term but bland diets are also available from your vet.
Feed your pet very small meals throughout the day. This keep their guts moving without overwhelming them.
Plenty of water
Pets who are suffering from diarrhoea might need to drink a bit more than usual to replace the extra water they’re losing in their poo. Make sure your pet has access to plenty of water and that they are drinking throughout the day. Speak to your vet if your pet stops drinking or is drinking much more than usual.
Let your pet rest and recover and avoid anything energetic until they are feeling better. If they are very lethargic then you should speak to your vet.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria for your pet’s gut that can be beneficial for some pets but not all. Probiotics are thought to work by topping up the normal bacteria and binding nasty bacteria and toxins. Probiotics can be found at your vets or online.
Gradually reintroduce their normal food
Your pet should be back to normal after a couple of days. Once they’re passing solid poo you can start to reintroduce their normal diet slowly over a few days.