Pet with upset stomach? What to do if your pet has a runny tummy (diarrhoea)

It is quite common for dogs and cats to get an upset stomach and have the occasional bout of diarrhoea – nature’s way of emptying the stomach when there is a digestive problem. The occasional upset tummy is usually nothing to worry about and will resolve on its own. However, in some cases an upset tummy can be a sign of a more serious digestive problem and medical attention is then definitely required.

If your pet has a mild case of diarrhoea, it helps to know how to treat the problem at home and not always have to run to the vet. Here are some tips from the Feelgood Pet  team on how to treat your pet’s stomach at home.

What causes my pet’s runny tummy?

There are a number of reasons why your furry pal may experience the occasional upset stomach. Dogs and cats may eat something that doesn’t agree with their stomachs – in many cases, it could be due to a change in their food. Eating too fast or too much is also a common trigger.

Have you ever seen your pet wolf down food or eat things they shouldn’t be eating? Dogs and cats sometimes have strange eating habits and you will find them eating strange things such as wool, plastic, wood, stale food or even insects which can cause an obstruction in the digestive tract. You will notice that dogs will usually eat grass to cleanse out their tummies and remedy an upset stomach.

Stress, allergies, intestinal worms and the weather may also contribute to pets having a runny tummy. 

Some pets may also have underlying digestive issues such as pancreatitis, stomach ulcer, Parvo or a twisted stomach that can cause an upset stomach. If your pet has ingested poison, chemicals, eaten toxic plants or contaminated food or there is an obstruction, you need to rush him to the vet immediately.
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How will I know if my pet’s tummy is upset?

Pet owners need to know what to look out for if their dog or cat has an upset stomach.  These are the following signs to watch for:
• Vomiting
• Drooling
• Gas
• No appetite
• A tender abdomen
• Feels lethargic
• Temperature
• Diarrhoea
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How to treat your pet’s upset tummy at home

1. Fasting your pet

Vets advise that if your dog or cat has a mild upset tummy, it is best to rest their stomach for at least 12 to 24 hours. Basically, you are fasting your pet and this means that you cannot feed them at all.

Don’t feel bad about withholding food from your pet for such a long period– we know that many pet owners do but you are actually doing a good thing! Not feeding your pet helps to calm their tummy because eating during an upset stomach episode prolongs the discomfort and agony.
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2. Provide fresh water

It is important your pet gets enough liquids when he has an upset tummy because he shouldn’t become dehydrated. Make sure that plenty of fresh, clean water is available. Giving your pet ice chips also helps if he is not feeling that great and doesn’t want to drink water.
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3. Feed a bland diet

After the fast, feed your dog or cat bland food. Vets recommend a mixture of 1 part skinless, boneless chicken breast boiled to 2 parts boiled white or brown rice. Don’t add any seasoning or oil to the mixture. Feed your pet small portions of the chicken and rice mixture – at least 3 to 4 times days for the next five days.

Gradually include your pet’s normal food with the bland mixture until he is eating normally again. Adding plain yoghurt to your pet’s food also acts as a probiotic for the digestive system and helps to soothe the gut and promote healthy bacteria.
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4. Monitor your pet

Keep a close eye on your pet to make sure that his condition doesn’t deteriorate. If your dog or cat doesn’t show improvement after fasting and feeding the bland diet, take him to the vet immediately so that he can receive the appropriate medical care.
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5. Use natural remedies

If your pet is prone to digestive upsets and tummy troubles, natural remedies, such as AllisOne Nat Mur Tissue Salt no. 9. which supports water balance in the cells and systemic vitality and brings balance to the digestive system, relieving constipation or diarrhea. 

For dogs or cats with chronic digestive problems, we recommend our herbal Digestive Support. This remedy acts as an overall  tonic for the digestive system. It relieves symptoms of IBS, gastritis, bloating and ulcers and supports digestive functioning.
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Your pet should bounce back quite quickly from his upset tummy until the next time an episode occurs. Remember, if your pooch or kitty is experiencing a mild upset stomach that happens occasionally, you can follow our home treatment tips. However, if your pet’s upset stomach worsens consult your vet immediately – even if it is just for your peace of mind.

 

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