Help! – Dog Vomiting and Diarrhea Tips and Info

Home remedies, info, and tips for treating a sick dog at home for vomiting and diarrhea.

If you’ve ever had a dog chances are you’ve had to deal with him getting sick at some point. Dogs are much like toddlers in the sense that they eat everything they can reach whether its edible or not! No one enjoys vomiting or diarrhea whether its your dog, toddler, or yourself so here are some tips I’ve learned through years of working at animal hospitals to help your dog when the time comes and you are faced with the challenges of your dog vomiting or having diarrhea!

What TO Do-

  • Remove all food! It is recommended to fasting your pet for 24 hours if they have been vomiting or have diarrhea. 24 always seemed like a long time to me and a little extreme and has personally been successful with more of an 8-12 hour time frame with my own dogs when they’ve been sick.  If you try the shorter fasting time and your dog still gets sick,  then I would stick to the 24 hour recommended time or call your Vet and see what they recommend to do next!
  • Check for signs of dehydration. It’s EXTREMELY important to make sure your pet continues to drink fluids! (water, Gatorade, or Pedialyte) A rule of thumb is to give fluids at 1 teaspoon per pound of body weight every 2 or 3 hours throughout the day and night.  If your pet does not vomit the fluid, the following day you can offer a bland diet of boiled chicken and plain rice (See below) If at any point they are refusing water continuously, you need to get them seen by a veterinarian!! Don’t wait to take them in,  dehydration is not good and can cause things to get very bad quickly!
  • You can give PeptoBismol in the dosage of 1 teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight every 8 hours as needed to help with vomiting and/or diarrhea. For example if your pet weights 45lbs, you can give 4.5 teaspoons of regular over the counter Pepto. Note: You may notice your dogs stools are very dark (almost black) after giving Pepto Bismol. This isn’t uncommon or anything to worry about. The liquid pepto can be pretty messy and difficult to get your dog to take especially if they are a large dog.  You can do the tablets as well just make sure you do the math correctly so you don’t make matters worse!  Ask Google to do the math if you are unsure how to figure it out!
  • If the diarrhea and/or vomiting continues for more than 24 hours then it’s time to take them in to see the vet.
  • If no vomiting occurs for 24 hours, begin to offer small frequent meals of plain white or brown rice or plain, boiled chicken and rice. This is a very bland diet and is easier to tolerate if they’ve had an upset stomach. If your dog keeps this down over the next 4-6 hours, it should be fine to reintroduce their normal diet again.  If your pet does not want to eat, starts to vomit, or continues to have diarrhea, go to the veterinarian for medical care.
  • Isolate the sick dog from other dogs in the house if you can!

What NOT to Do-

  • Do not administer any over-the-counter or prescription medications to your pet without talking to a veterinarian first.
  • Do not allow the pet to eat until there has been no vomiting for 6 to 8 hours.

Vomiting and diarrhea are associated with a host of problems that are referred to collectively as gastroenteritis. Some cases are quite severe (e.g., poisoning), and some are not (e.g., dietary indiscretion, eating garbage,  ect.).  If fever is present, infection may be a cause. Most infections that cause diarrhea and vomiting are contagious, so it is wise to assume that other pets might be vulnerable if they are exposed.

Severe vomiting:   If your pet vomits repeatedly or forcefully, the vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea, or if the vomit has blood in it, looks and smells like feces, or contains what looks like coffee grounds (actually partially digested blood), it’s an emergency! Don’t hesitate or try to wait in hopes of improving,  they need to be seen by a Vet!  The sooner,  the better! 

Hopefully some of these tips are helpful to you and your dog at some point and can make a stressful situation a little easier!  Thanks for reading and if you have friends and family who may also find this post helpful as well,  please share!


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