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What Can I Do to Help My Dog with Watery Stool Until the Vet Opens Tomorrow?

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Dear VetBabble,

I have a concern about my dog who has been experiencing watery stool for a day now. I managed to get him to drink a bit, but the vet won’t be open until tomorrow morning. Is there something I can do for him in the meantime to help with his condition?

Helping Your Dog with Watery Stool

It’s common for pet owners to become concerned when their furry friend experiences diarrhea. You’re right to be cautious and seek advice. Diarrhea can be caused by various conditions, some of which may require veterinary attention. While waiting for your vet appointment, there are a few steps you can take to help alleviate your dog’s discomfort and reduce the severity of their diarrhea.

1. Offer a Bland Diet

One way to help settle your dog’s stomach is by offering them a bland diet. This may consist of boiled white rice and low sodium chicken broth. Rice can help firm up your dog’s stool and the chicken broth provides essential nutrients and hydration. Additionally, incorporating a small amount of plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) can be beneficial as it contains fiber that can aid in normalizing your dog’s bowel movements. This bland diet should only be used temporarily, and a gradual transition back to their regular food should be made once your dog is feeling better.Learn more about the common causes of diarrhea in dogs here.

2. Keep Your Dog Hydrated

When your dog has diarrhea, it’s essential to ensure they stay hydrated. Offer fresh water at all times, and encourage them to drink regularly. You can also add a bit of low sodium chicken broth to the water to make it more enticing. Dehydration can worsen your dog’s condition and may lead to more serious complications, so it’s crucial to keep a close eye on their water intake.

3. Monitor Your Dog Closely

As you wait for your veterinary appointment, it’s important to closely observe your dog. Look out for signs of worsening conditions or complications, such as lethargy, vomiting, fever, or bloody diarrhea. These could indicate a more severe issue that requires immediate medical attention. Make sure you know how to provide basic first aid for dogs in case of an emergency.

When to Worry about Your Dog’s Diarrhea

While mild diarrhea can be treated at home with the steps mentioned above, it’s essential to know when your dog’s condition requires veterinary care. If your dog’s diarrhea is accompanied by severe vomiting, lethargy, or fever, it’s important to contact your vet as soon as possible. Additionally, if the diarrhea persists for more than a day or two despite your efforts, it’s time to see the vet. Learn more about when to worry about your dog’s diarrhea here.

Vomiting in dogs can also be a significant concern, especially if it’s frequent or accompanied by other symptoms such as diarrhea. Be sure to discuss any vomiting or other concerning symptoms with your veterinarian during your dog’s appointment.

We hope these tips will help you care for your dog until you’re able to see your veterinarian. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always best to consult with a professional to ensure your dog receives the proper care and treatment.

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