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How to take care of a dog with vomiting and diarrhea

When a dog has vomiting and/or diarrhoea, you obviously want to help your dog feel better. Many people probably think that now I need to take my dog to the vet, but this is not always the case. Many times it is possible to initially treat your dog at home, we will tell you more about how to do this in this article!
Please note that this advice should only be used if you have an adult dog that is in good general health. The dog should also not have blood in their stools or vomit and they need to be allowed to retain food and water. If you are in any doubt, we recommend that you contact a vet. If you have a dog younger than 6 months, you can read about how to proceed here.
First of all, you need to let the dog's stomach rest, you do this by starving the dog for 6-8 hours (this applies to adult dogs, not puppies. Puppies should not be starved as they are sensitive to low blood sugar).
Once the dog's stomach has been rested, you should start feeding the dog a soft diet, here we recommend soft food as it contains a lot of liquid which helps to prevent dehydration. There are soft foods designed to be given for diarrhoea and vomiting. Do this:
If you have a dog that weighs less than 10 kg, you can start giving the dog 1 teaspoon of soft food per hour for the first day. If you have a dog that weighs more than 10 kg, you can start giving 1 tablespoon of sparing food per hour.
After the first day, you can gradually give larger portions, but still divide the food into 6-8 portions per day. You should continue to give your dog a special diet until his stomach has been fine for at least 2 days. Then you will need to gradually go back to the regular food over a few days. A too rapid and large intake of food or water can lead to continued vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
Your dog should have free access to water, if it is not retaining water you should take the dog to a vet.
If your dog has an acute diarrhoeal condition, you can give it supplements (probiotics) in combination with the sponge diet. This should be given twice a day according to the instructions on the packet. Supplements can help to stop diarrhoea and contain good bacteria that help to stabilise the dog's gut flora.

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