What do you feed a dog with bloody diarrhea?

Answered by Edward Huber

When it comes to feeding a dog with bloody diarrhea, it is important to take a cautious approach. The first step is to withhold food for 24 hours to give the digestive system a chance to rest and heal. During this time, it is crucial to ensure your pet stays hydrated, so make sure they have access to fresh water at all times.

After the 24-hour period, you can start reintroducing food in small amounts. A good option for a bland diet is boiled chicken and rice. Boil boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs until fully cooked and shred them into small, easily digestible pieces. Cook white rice separately until it is soft and well-cooked. Mix the shredded chicken with the cooked rice, gradually increasing the ratio of chicken to rice over the next couple of days.

Start by offering small portions of the chicken and rice mixture, feeding your dog 2-3 times a day. Monitor their stool and overall condition closely. If the bloody diarrhea persists or worsens, consult a veterinarian immediately.

It is important to gradually transition your dog back to their regular diet once the bloody diarrhea has subsided. Over the course of 2-3 days, gradually decrease the amount of chicken and rice in their meals while increasing the amount of their regular dog food. This slow transition helps prevent any further digestive upset.

However, if your dog is diabetic, it is crucial to handle the situation differently. Withholding food for 24 hours can cause a drop in blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous for diabetic pets. Instead, consult your veterinarian for guidance on managing your diabetic pet’s diet during episodes of bloody diarrhea. They may recommend a specific bland diet or provide alternative instructions to ensure stability in blood sugar levels.

In any case, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian if your pet experiences bloody diarrhea. They can provide an accurate diagnosis, determine the underlying cause, and guide you on the appropriate course of action based on your pet’s specific needs and medical history.

Remember, every pet is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Trust your veterinarian’s expertise and closely monitor your pet’s condition throughout this process.