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First Aid : Dog Diarrhea

10. Dog Diarrhea:

If your dog has a bout of simple diarrhea, you can help him by putting him on a 24-hour fast. If he seems better after a day, put him on a bland diet of two parts cooked rice and one part boiled skinless white-meat chicken. Start him off with small amounts every four hours. If he still has diarrhea after two days, call the vet. If he’s doing well, feed him about 1/4 of his regular food along with the bland diet; gradually up the percentage over several days until he’s back on his normal diet.

While your dog is recuperating, make sure he’s getting enough water, and limit his exercise to short walks while he’s recovering.

Diarrhea can cause dehydration, so your veterinarian may recommend a drink such as Pedialyte. This is a formula for babies and it’s enriched with electrolytes.

Generally available in drugstores and supermarkets, it’s often given to dogs to help replenish important minerals depleted by diarrhea.

If your dog has explosive or bloody diarrhea seek immediate veterinary attention!

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