My pet has diarrhoea what should I do ? 

Ok so your cat or dog has diarrhoea…

Do you need to go straight to the vets ?
simple answer – NO!

It’s a taboo subject but if we humans develop a bit of a dodgey tummy and have diarrhoea for a few days we don’t go running to a&e as an emergency do we ?


There are things you can do at home to help your mog and pooch get those squits sorted out !

The advice years ago used to be to withhold food for at least 24 hours – this is very old school you don’t need to starve !

Bland food all the way !

Boiled chicken , I repeat BOILED CHICKEN , not roasted or rotisserie or grilled – it will be too rich cooked in fat and it’s own juices and exacerbate diarrhoea

BOILED white rice

Steamed or BOILED white fish – again not fried or baked – no nigella recipes either just plain.

There are prescription diets available which are designed for upset gastrointestinal systems. Hills I/D and royal canin gastrointestinal food . You can pop into your vets to pick some up .

Feed your puss or woofer a BLAND FOOD ONLY diet for a few days – no normal kibble no treats no Bonios or Dreamies – they may look boring and plain to us but they are really rich for your pet.

Make sure they have access to plenty of water to drink.

Monitor your pet closely – if they have diarrhoea but are bright as a button – otherwise eating, drinking and you wouldn’t know anything was wrong with them then great keep going with your bland diet and hopefully the squits will sort themselves out in a few days .

If however they appear depressed not interested in eating ,drinking or doing anything atall then you need to get your pet to the quacks (vet) .

Monitor the poops closely to see if improvement is present or worsening.


A little blood can be present in the poop from excessive straining or just as a result of the bug or germ your pet may have. Basically – bugs and germs can attack the cells lining the gut wall and these cells die and slough off and are passed in the poo

Don’t panic the body is a cool thing and continually makes new cells to replaced attacked ones.

Blood in the poo can be alarming to see but is often ‘normal’ given in the situation but be sure to let your vet know if there is blood present though- just to be on the safe side .


Call your vet if you are concerned atall and if the diarrhoea shows no signs of improvement after a few days of a bland diet then be sure to make an appointment.

Other than that keep your mop , bucket and peg at the ready !

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