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Gastroenteritis

Signs:

Vomiting and diarrhoea varies from very frequent & obvious, to undetectable, if your pet is shy or outside. Some animals have pain, but only show this by being “off colour”, lethargic, or not eating

Causes:

This is not usually a single disease entity. There are many different causes, including viruses, dietary change or indiscretion (eating garbage!), bacterial or protozoal infection, toxins, foreign body (eg: a tennis ball or corncob or fruit pip), or another serious underlying disease.

Diagnosis:

Each case is different. Often we may need to re-examine your pet to get to the bottom of the problem. Other tests or treatment changes may be required if there is no improvement.

Treatment

Most treatment is symptomatic and supportive. The stomach / intestines must be rested to aid a speedy recovery in simple gastroenteritis. Do not be tempted to feed treats, even if your pet looks hungry, this will just start the problem up again. Follow the outline given below:

*Water or Electrolyte solution. Drinking is important to keep your pet hydrated – some animals will need to come into hospital to go on IV fluids or a “drip”. Drinking Fluids: Offer small amounts (eg ½ a cup) every hour or two. If there are no vomits, you can leave a small bowl down overnight. Leave out plain water too (as well as the electrolytes).

*No treats or rich foods, or human foods. Offer water / electrolytes initially. Monitor for vomits, diarrhoea, or depression (lethargy). If your dog is holding down liquids without vomiting, then you can introduce food.

*Introducing food. BLAND food – allow the intestines to recover while still supplying energy. Offer very small meals only. A teaspoon or tablespoon at first. We don’t want to overdo it. Give this small amount every couple of hours, throughout the day.

Offer: *ROYAL CANIN Sensitivity Control canned food, one spoonful. -OR protein (boiled chicken, lean, no skin) -OR carbohydrate (rice / boiled potato)

TODAY – Water / electrolytes only. Then try a spoonful of the BLAND food. TOMORROW – Continue small meals of BLAND food (as above). Repeat if no vomits. NEXT 5 DAYS- Still feed the special bland food… small amounts 4 – 6 times daily. Gradually add your normal (good quality) basic pet food (no treats) to it over another 5 days, until you are back to your pet’s original diet.

IF VOMITING OR DIARRHOEA CONTINUES, OR IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOUR PET, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US FOR ADVICE.

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