Vomiting and Diarrhea in Dogs- Info, Tips, and Home Remedies

Vomiting and Diarrhea in Dogs
Home remedies, info, and tips for treating a sick dog at home

What to Do if your dog has been vomiting or has diarrhea-

(If your dog only threw up once or twice and is still acting normally otherwise I wouldn’t worry to much. it is pretty common due to the sensitive stomachs dogs generally have but the desire to eat anything and everything…. Just watch to see if it continues or other symptoms or abnormal behavior is also noticed) 

  • Remove all food! It is recommended to fasting your pet for at least 12 hours,  (up to 24 hours if necessary)  if they have been vomiting or have diarrhea.
  • 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!!
  • You can give PeptoBismol in the dosage of 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs 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 PeptoBismol.   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.
  • 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 12 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 6-8 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 pet from other pets. Especially if your dog has a fever.

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). 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!                 

                                                                                                                    More info from VIN Library www.veterinarypartner.com                                              


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