Pet Diarrhea

Monday, June 14, 2010

During acute bouts of diarrhea,, stop ALL dry and solid foods. Use broths made from miso or chicken or rice.

I recommend rice porridge, called congee. It can be made easily by cooking white rice at 4 parts water to 1 part rice for several hours, until the rice particles fall apart.

It is easy to digest. Alternatively, boiled potatoes are soothing and anti-inflammatory for the colon.

Avoid raw foods as these tend to be more difficult to digest during a bout of diarrhea.

Fluid replacers such as human baby products for diarrhea can be used for rehydrating and iron replacements. Use half the baby dose for cats and the full dose for dogs.

After two days of broth, small amounts of solid food can be given. It is best to stick with a bland diet as detailed above. Adding enzymes and acidophilus can be helpful. Slowly reintroduce you animal friend's normal food. Dry foods are the hardest to digest and they also create a lot of heat in the body. These should be reintroduced last and only when the pet is no longer experiencing any pain or diarrhea symptoms.

This recommendation credited to;
Four Paws
Five Directions
Book by Cheryl Schwartz, DMV

Labels: Bowel Health