PetMeds® Treating Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

Pets with diarrhea should be on a liquid diet and have electrolytes reintroduced to help heal the digestive tract Clients often call and ask what they can do for their pet with diarrhea at home, before going to the veterinarian. Treatment will be based on severity and length of the diarrhea, as well as other symptoms. In those pets that are also not eating and/or frequently vomiting, it is always strongly recommended to have a full veterinary exam and workup as soon as possible.  However, for those mild cases of diarrhea there are some treatments clients can try at home.

One of the most important things to do is to take pets off all solid food for 24 to 36 hours to allow the inflamed digestive tract to rest and heal. During this time small amounts of vegetable or chicken broth and water can be offered every few hours, as well as small amounts of electrolytes and even Pedialyte or Gatorade during the fast to maintain hydration. I will also often recommend that clients consider using the emollient herb slippery elm from the health food store to help soothe an inflamed digestive tract during the liquid fast, and for a few days after. I also recommend giving the pet a good broad spectrum probiotic such as Fast Balance and mixing in enzymes, such as NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics in the slippery elm soup to sooth the inflamed digestive tract.

Over the counter probiotics such as Jarro-Dophilus can also be helpful.  After 24 to 48 hours, I then introduce a bland, lean white meat turkey and sweet potato diet for dogs comprised of a 50-50 mixture. For cats I recommend a baby food diet while continuing the other supplements.  Once the stools start to return to normal, I gradually mix in the pet’s original diet over several days.  If at any time during this period, the pet’s symptoms worsen, than an immediate veterinary exam and assessment is always recommended.

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  1. Another option would be to give a probiotic like Fortiflora which can be purchased from many various websites and can be given on a daily basis to encourage gastrointestinal health. It’s easy to give and quite palatable. Hope that helps too!

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianNovember 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I have used fortiflora before, however as a holistic veterinarian I have used many other what I consider are superior probiotics.

  3. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site before but after going through a few of the articles I realized it’s new to
    me. Anyhow, I’m certainly happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking
    it and checking back regularly!

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you for your kind compliments.

  5. I wish I had read this article two days ago. I took my cat to the vet (a VCA hospital) with chronic diarrhea and occasional blood in his stool. The vet did a Best Care Senior Cat Annual Check-UP (a VCA senior package). This cost 365.00. All tests were negative. The vet then prescribed an intervention consisting of Fortiflora and flagll, which I started yesterday. This doc conjectures the diarrhea might be stress related. Gee, I could have saved $365.00. In the last years I’ve spent over $6k on this cat. Each of my other 4 cats has average medical bills of about $1k each. Thank you Dr. Dym for posting this information.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    HI Chuck. You are very welcome. sorry you had to spend so much money only to have your pet put on a probiotic and intestinal antibiotic. Also consider incorporating some holistic diet, supplements into your health care system for your cats, as it also might save you money. To learn more see the book The Natural Cat By Anitra Frazier, as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com

  7. what kind of holistics do you recommmend? i have heard that slippery elm is good for diarrhea

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Slippery elm is wonderful for diarrhea. See book Dr Pitcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd for more details on this. Also try great product phytomucil from animal essentials http://www.animalessentials.com which has slippery elm in it. Hope this helps.

  9. Glad I found this. As above I just spent a fortune on my 10 yr.
    old cat. I had both fortiflora and flagile for my dog but was not certain it would work for the cat. Many dollars later it did. Now to find somewhere to buy it other than at the vets. Thanks for
    confirming that it applies to both animals in a safe way, Note that it seems you do need one type for dogs and another type for cats.Where is the best place to purchase it?

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Both flagyl(metronidazole) and fortiflora can likely be purchased from 1800petmeds.

  11. Hello,

    I need to buy Fortiflora,(for cat) but I don’t find it in the website.. My vet told me go this website. because he didn’t have it at this moment.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Check with Eddie at 1800petmeds to see if it is carried. Actually in my practice and experience as a holistic oriented veterinarian I am not big fan of this product in my opinion in terms of quality, etc. Perhaps try Fast balance and naturevet enzymes from 1800petmeds. Also consider Rx Biotic from company called Rx vitamins which also makes a great probiotic.

  13. So I want to know if you have FortiFlora…If so how much? Where do I locate it?

  14. so, how much?
    he’s being treated for food allergies.

  15. so, why can’t you tell me how much. I used to use petmeds all the time while traveling. Home now and find you have a new format..not easy for me to figure out.

  16. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Yes 1800petmeds carries fortiflora I believe, but check with 1800petmeds pharmacist Eddie, whom you can reach on main number on availability and dose

  17. J. Holve, my cat is taking FortiaFlora and he has a box of 30 sachets. He takes one sachet daily. It cost $35.00 from his Vet
    You may be able to find it at 1800petmeds but I can’t say for sure how long it will take you to get it so if you need it soon, ask your vet.

  18. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 27, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Not sure of question. Check witn 1800petmeds pharmacist

  19. I get 30 fortiflora packs from Amazon for 27.99. After serious rip off from Vets.

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