Is your pet ill?
Often during the fall and spring, just like humans, dogs can get some nasty colds/flu bugs going around! This often looks like diarrhea, vomiting, tired or not feeling well, not eating. Here are some very important things to consider if your pet gets sick!
- Keep them hydrated!
- Just like humans, stomach flu doesn’t mean an emergency trip unless you become dehydrated. Dogs are very resilient and as long as they stay hydrated, they will recover!
- Slow down food intake!
- Again, if you had the stomach flu, you would not eat a full meal! Give them about ¼ of their normal amount of food and consider substituting with kefir instead. Kefir will help them hydrate and is a natural probiotic.
- Start them very slowly back on their regular food schedule once they feel better.
- Keep them away from other dogs!
- It can be contagious! Avoid getting other dogs sick.
- Add some supplements to their food!
- Kefir is a great probiotic that keeps pets hydrated and can be a meal replacement. It also tastes great and encourages them to drink.
- Colostrum helps clear up diarrhea extremely quickly and boosts their immune system!
- Add a powder probiotic, avoid chews because they do not need the stress on the intestines.
When to go to the vet!
- Lethargic - unable to get up or stand, falling over, no energy. (if they are resting a lot, that is fine, they should still be able to stand on their own, walk around, go potty, etc.)
- White gums – this is a huge sign of dehydration and you may need to get fluids!
- If symptoms last more than 4 days – you may want to consider an appointment if vomiting and diarrhea last more than 4 days.
- Vomiting blood – this could be a sign of something far worse. Some blood in the stools may be normal if there is extreme irritation from frequent goes.
- Worms in stools or vomit – this is usually a sign that you have a parasite problem and need a dewormer!
- Dehydration – if they refuse to drink and cannot keep fluids down, go to the vet.