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Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Debbie Martin


Diarrhoea and Logic Diar-Stop

It is not uncommon for dogs and cats to suffer from mild diarrhoea. There are many causes, including worms, food picked up outside, sudden changes of diet or a change in circumstances. Usually the diarrhoea resolves quickly when the cause is removed from the gut. However, some causes of diarrhoea are very serious and can be fatal, especially in young animals, and these require veterinary attention, so it is wise to consult your vet for puppies and kittens with diarrhoea as they can quickly deteriorate.

Adult pets with mild diarrhoea can have treatment started at home. A pet with mild diarrhoea should be bright and happy, not vomiting and the diarrhoea should not have any blood or mucus in it. Treatment starts by withholding food to rest the gut for 12-24 hours. They should be encouraged to drink plenty of water to replace the fluid lost in the diarrhoea which can quickly dehydrate your pet. Food can then be reintroduced slowly, staring with a bland food (eg chicken, fish, rice) and feeding 3-4 small meals for the first couple of days. Your pet’s normal diet can then be incorporated into the meals and slowly reintroduced.

During this time the use of a product to protect the gut lining and bind the contents of the gut can be helpful. Logic Diar-Stop contains montmorillonite (a clay) which is very efficient at coating the gut lining to protect it and binding bacteria and toxins in the gut. Prebiotics (fructo-oligosaccharides) are also present in Diarsanyl Plus, and these provide food for the good bacteria in the gut, helping them flourish at the expense of any bad (disease causing) bacteria present. Diarsanyl Plus also contains electrolytes (sodium, magnesium and potassium) which can be lost from the body in diarrhoea, as well as dextrose to supply energy to the gut cells. This all comes packaged as a vanilla flavoured paste which pets find very palatable and it is easy to give from the oral syringe. There are 3 syringe sizes – 10ml (for animals 2-7kg), 24ml (for animals 7-30kg) and 60ml (for animals 30-60kg) – and each tube should provide treatment for 3 days.

Your pet should respond to home treatment within 24 hours, however if they start vomiting, or become depressed or uncomfortable please consult your vet. Pets can also have medical conditions which result in chronic diarrhoea – your vet will be able to advise on a management plan for these conditions.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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