My Dog Experiences Diarrhea and Vomiting - What Do I Do?

If you own a dog, diarrhea and vomiting will most likely be part of your experience. Most dogs go through periods of gastrointestinal distress and the condition resolves itself in a few days. Monitor your dog for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. If she doesn't improve, or if symptoms worsen, your dog may need veterinary treatment.

Let Digestive System Rest and Recover

Start by withholding food for twelve to twenty-four hours. This allows the digestive system to rest and recover. Begin feeding light rations after the rest. Do not withhold water at any time.

If, after restarting rations, symptoms return, you can administer an anti-diarrheal, such as PetPectate.

If your dog is experiencing severe, watery diarrhea, or if there is blood in the feces or vomit, you should take your dog to the vet.

A Healthy Diet Prevents Diarrhea and Vomiting

Once symptoms subside, consider adding a probiotic supplement to your dog's diet. These supplements provide beneficial bacteria that support and protect the gut and aid digestion.

Feed the highest quality dog food you can; look for foods that contain a named meat as the first ingredient and avoid foods that contain corn, soy or chemical preservatives.