Dogs are one of the most lovable, loyal, and obedient type of pets that one could own. They enjoy romping around, going for walks, and are eager to please their owners.
My family has two puppies and they are absolutely the joy our lives. There’s nothing like seeing them interact with each other and our 15 pound cat.
Recently our little male began struggling with bouts of diarrhea and as one could only imagine it wasn’t just difficult for him but it was difficult for our entire family.
We made several visits to the veterinarian but all tests returned negative so we decided to make adjustments to his diet and his eating patterns. Now I’m happy to say our little guy is back to his usual rambunctious and lovable self.
Here is a summary of how owners can help their puppy if he has diarrhea and ways to prevent it or other digestive issues.
At the onset of diarrhea all food should be removed for a full 24 hours and to reduce the risk of dehydration an ample supply of water should be readily available. This can be challenging for owners because they feel guilty for withholding food but fasting for 24 hours will not hurt a puppy.
Bland Diet Options:
Because the puppy has been defecating so frequently, owners should introduce a bland diet which will solidify the puppy’s stool and make him feel better. This diet consists of 3 foods; chicken, yogurt, and white rice.
Bland Diet: Chicken Breast
Trim and discard fat from the chicken breast, place chicken in boiling water, and cook for a minimum of two hours, watching continuously to prevent burning. After the meat is thoroughly cooked it can be grated or cut into small pieces. Note: chicken should not be seasoned and only small amounts should be offered.
Bland Diet: Plain Yogurt
When shopping for yogurt, it doesn’t matter which brand is purchased as long as it is non-fat and flavorless (plain). This change may not be accepted by some puppies so using rice would be a second option.
Bland Diet: Rice
Pre-seasoned rice that comes in a box or a bag and certain types of brown rice may cause diarrhea to reoccur so it should not be used. Only steamed white rice will benefit the puppy by calming the stomach and solidifying the stool.
Over the Counter Medication:
In the interim over the counter medication can be used such as Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate with the normal dosage being ¼ teaspoon three times daily. However, long term use is not recommended and if the puppy does not respond to the change of diet or medication he must be examined by a veterinarian.
In addition to diet and over the counter medication preventative measures should be taken. Removing household garbage should be done frequently, trashcans should be covered, table scraps should never be offered, and monitoring the puppy will ensure its safety and prevent them from getting into mischief.
Like children when one of our animals is under the weather we’ll stop at nothing to make them feel better. Follow these recommendations when your puppy struggles with stomach issues and he’ll feel better in no time.