My Puppy Has Diarrhea - Preventing Dehydration

When a puppy has diarrhea it is important to prevent dehydration when these symptoms begin.

However, if a puppy shows no signs of dehydration at the early stages of diarrhea, limiting the puppy’s water intake can be helpful as it rests an upset stomach for puppies over 7 weeks old. But before you take away your puppy’s water, it is important recognize the affects of dehydration.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Symptoms in dehydrated puppies include:

  • heaving panting
  • decreased activity
  • poor skin elasticity
  • changes in urination or eating habits
  • yellow urine, sneezing
  • coughing
  • sunken or inflamed eyes
  • lack of moisture on gums.

It is important to replace the fluids that have been lost if any of these symptoms are recognized.

Hydrating Your Puppy

Hydrate your puppy every 30 to 60 minutes with water. If your puppy won't drink by himself, insert an eye dropper into his cheek to administer liquids. Another home remedy for puppy diarrhea is to give him Pepto-Bismol through a syringe in the back of his mouth (otherwise the will spit out the medicine). Check with your vet for dosage information based on your puppy's breed and size.

A bland diet will prevent dehydration and help cure mild diarrhea. Some foods recommended for puppies with diarrhea include boiled rice, boiled chicken, cottage cheese and yogurt. If your puppy has diarrhea for a long period of time and symptoms worsen, he may need IV treatment or may have a more serious medical problem; if that is the case, contact your vet.