Emergency Dog Health Care : How to Treat Dog Stomach Problems

Hi I’m Dr. Adrienne Mulligan of Camp Verde
Veterinary Clinic in Arizona and I’m here today to talk to you about gastrointestinal
problems in dogs on behalf of expertvillage.com. There are two or three ways that a dog could
have gastrointestinal upset one is they could vomit and only vomit and still have normal
stools or no stools. They could have diarrhea with no vomiting or they could have a combination
of the two vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog has only has diarrhea this is usually
a self limiting problem that they have eaten something they shouldn’t it will usually clear
it self in a short amount of time and it is usually not life threaten. One exception to
this is if the diarrhea is red like red and brown like chocolate cherry milk if it looks
like that or if it is very very bloody then that might be a emergency that need to get
seen right away. Now if there is just a little bit of blood that could just be clitorides
from stress and so don’t get to excited if it is just red blood. When I’m talking about
red it usually looks like brown diarrhea but just has a red off red tan right through it
that is more series. Red, red, like blood isn’t necessarily so series call your veterinarian
and ask. At any rate you could help any dog with diarrhea by giving them imodium AD. Imoduim
AD this is a generic brand but imoduim AD is actually low perimode, hydrochloride and
it comes in 2 milligrams caplets or capsules and you want to give this about the rate of
for a big dog you would start with two and follow up with one every 6 hours until the
diarrhea stops. That is usually all in about 24 hour period. Diarrhea should stop pretty
quickly. If it is a small dog you would want to start with one and then go in a half so
this come in little blue tablets over the canter that you could buy so you could break
it down to much smaller doses. Little dogs get very small amount. You could also use
like kopectate and pepto-bismol and both of those would help with diarrhea as well. Now
vomiting you are not going to really give those things because it is probably not going
to keep them down. So with a dog both vomiting and diarrhea the best thing to do is get to
your vet as soon as possible but in the mean time do not feed your dog. Give them about
12-24 rest. They can have water but no food for 12-24 hours and then for any reason the
veterinarian is not available and they seem to be feeling better you could boil rice with
boil rice and hamburger pour out the fat and give them small meals of very bland food.
So those are the kinds of ease if your dog is going through a gastrointestinal upset
that is self limiting but if it is not clearing up and your dog is looking much sicker this
is really a job for the veterinarian and you should take your dog to the vet as soon as