When your puppy has gastrointestinal distress, it always should be monitored closely. It can come in many forms such as vomiting, constipation, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, mucus or even blood in stools. Any of these symptoms could be signs of illness and should never be taken lightly.
You should call your veterinarian if your puppy shows the following symptoms.
- Blood in stool
- Diarrhea for more than 24 hours
Things You Can Do For a Puppy With Diarrhea
If your puppy has loose stools or diarrhea but is otherwise acting normally, try some of the following suggestions to help soothe their sensitive stomach. If diarrhea continues, you should contact your veterinarian.
- Maintaining hydration: Just like in humans, diarrhea can rapidly dehydrate your puppy. It is important that you keep your puppy hydrated. Make sure they have access to plenty of clean fresh water at all times.
- Small meals: If your puppy has diarrhea, offer them small frequent meals. Try feeding your puppy a small portion 5 to 6 times a day. This can also help with their hunger after having their food pass through their system so rapidly.
- A mild and bland meal: Try something mild and gentle on their stomach such as cooked chicken or lean hamburger and rice. For a ratio, try one parts meat and two parts rice. A boiled egg would also serve as a gentle protein for this mixture.
- Feed for three days: Feed this diet to your dog for upwards of three days even after diarrhea has stopped. After this, it is ok to start to transition them onto their puppy food again. This should be done by mixing a half and half ratio of their food with the meat and rice mixture.
- 24-hour rule: If your puppy had diarrhea for more than 24 hours, consult with your veterinarian.
Another potential contributor to your puppy’s sensitive stomach is stress. Keeping to your puppy’s routine and maintaining a low-stress environment will help to prevent nervous tummies. Part of this routine is avoiding changes to their diet such as changing foods, allowing them to eat rich table scraps, or letting them have access to an unsecured garbage can. Puppies can also become stressed about changes in their environment.
Your puppy looks to you to keep them healthy and happy. If you are ever in doubt or need a professional opinion when it comes to your puppy’s health. You should always seek out your veterinarian’s advice. They are there to help to get your puppy on the road to recovery.