Our pets are often less fussy than we are about what is put in their mouths. Pets have a tendency to eat things that can cause stomach upsets, often resulting in diarrhoea. Some animals have a “sensitive stomach”, where any sudden changes in diet may cause diarrhoea. If your pet has diarrhoea, and they are still quite bright and eating well, changing their diet for several days may resolve the problem without the need for medication.

Do not feed your pet for the next 24 hours. After this period, start feeding them small meals of a bland diet (e.g. cottage cheese and rice, boiled chicken and rice). Feed these meals every few hours throughout the day for 2 days. If the diarrhoea seems to be resolving, gradually increase the volume of these meals and decrease the frequency of feeding over the next 3 days. The aim is to be feeding them a normal volume of food at their regular meal times at the end of this period. Very slowly re-introduce their normal diet. On the first day give 2/3 as the bland diet and 1/3 as their normal food at each meal. On the second day give ½ and ½ of each food. On the third day give 1/3 as the bland diet and 2/3 as their normal food.

Resume feeding solely their normal food.

If at any stage of the process the diarrhoea recurs, stop and go back to the previous step for a bit longer.

Dietary indiscretion is not always the reason for an animal developing diarrhoea.

Please contact us if you notice any of the following:

  • Blood in the faeces.
  • Black faeces.
  • Vomiting.
  • Lethargy.
  • Inappetance.
  • Dehydration.
  • Pain.
  • Weight loss.
  • Despite following the above feeding plan, the diarrhoea does not resolve.