Dietary Management of Gastro-Intestinal Disorders

Diarrhea

  1. Fast pet for 24 hours — absolutely no food!!
  2. Then feed a soft, bland, low residue in small amounts several times daily – see recipe at the bottom of the page
  3. Continue this diet for at least 24 hours after the stool appears perfectly normal.
  4. Observe each bowel movement carefully for consistency, color, mucus, and evidence of worms, bones, foreign material and blood. (Blood may appear as either a red or black substance in the stool)
  5. Vomiting

Vomiting

  • Fast pet for 24 hours — absolutely no food!!
  • Then feed a soft, bland, diet in small amounts several times a day — see recipe at the bottom of the page.
  • Limit rate of fluid intake by either
  • placing several ice cubes in the water bowl or
  • filling water bowl only 1/4 inch high with gatorade or uncarbonated “Coke” or a solution made by adding 1 part maple syrup to 2 parts water. Replace the contents of the water bowl every 30 minutes as it is consumed. Limiting the rate of fluid- intake is extremely important since rapid intake will stimulate vomiting and actually increase degree of dehydration
  • Continue limiting fluid intake and feeding special diet for at least 24 hours after vomiting has ceased.
  • Examine vomitus for evidence of worms, bones, other foreign material, and blood. (Blood may appear as either a red or black substance in the vomitus.)

Special Soft Bland Diet (for vomiting and diarrhea)

The recipe below is the TOTAL daily amount to be fed to a 25 lb. animal. This total amount should be divided into three portions and fed morning, afternoon, and night. If your pets weight is significantly more or less than 25 lbs. adjust total daily amount accordingly. Use a 8 oz. fluid measuring cup.

  • 7 oz. of dry white rice (190-200 g) *minute rice is not acceptable
  • Cook rice in 14 oz. of water
  • To the cooked rice add 4 oz. of cottage cheese or cooked hamburger.
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